According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), laser tattoo removal is on the rise and people are paying top dollar to clean up their skin. As more people continue to get tattoos, the more people are having tattoos removed,” says Dr. Geronemus, a clinical professor of dermatology at NYU Medical Center.
Many people mark their calendars to remember an anniversary, birthday and special occasion; however some may want to make it more permanent, so they choose to get a tattoo.
As time passes, what once seemed like a good idea for some turns into regret. Regret about getting a tattoo is not that uncommon.
Plastic surgeons and dermatologists are seeing more and more people who want their tattoos removed, often because they worry that the tattoo could cause problems such as self-consciousness, either with future employment, a pending marriage or a lifestyle change. Some may choose to remove a spouse’s name, portrait or a wedding date. Although reasons may vary, it can bear a constant reminder of the past or a mistake made.
Laser treatments are currently the most common and effective method for removing a tattoo. As treatments are repeated over several sessions, the tattoo will fade and eventually disappear.
A wide variety of pigmented lesions can be treated with laser. The tattoo removal laser will send energy directly to the tattoo ink to break down the pigment (ink) so that eventually over time the body can absorb the broken down particles and eliminate them through the lymphatic system.
Treatments can be done every 4 to 6 weeks depending on the area where the tattoo is located.
In future, a special date or persons name might be better written on a calendar and not with a tattoo that can take multiple sessions and dollars to remove. So think before you ink!