Tattoo Removal

What is tattoo removal?

Tattoo removal erases—or at least significantly fades—an unwanted tattoo. Tattoos are almost always removed with lasers, which selectively target and remove the ink without damaging the surrounding tissue. 

Lasers deliver high-intensity energy to penetrate the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) and break up the pigment into smaller ink particles, which the body metabolizes and excretes. New lasers and lasering techniques have improved this process and its results.

Tattoo removal is becoming increasingly common. A 2015 Harris poll showed that 29% of Americans have at least one tattoo, compared to 21% in 2012.

Tattoo regret is also on the rise: The same survey showed that 23% of people with tattoos wish they could erase at least some of their ink, compared to just 14% in 2012. 

Nearly 30% of people in the U.S. have at least one tattoo. Almost half of all millennials have one. But not all of them are happy about their decision. As many as 25% of those with a tattoo say they regret getting it.

Lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigment colors with a high-intensity light beam. Black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths, making it the easiest color to treat. Other colors can only be treated by selected lasers based upon the pigment color.

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