More people who regret their tattoos are taking action and getting them removed with laser tattoo removal procedures, reports ModernMedicine.
The tattoo industry has grown in recent years, which in turn has increased the demand for tattoo removal.
Tattoo removal revenue has risen about 21 percent over the past five years, market analysis firm IBISWorld reports. Analysts believe that the tattoo removal business will continue to grow over the next five years, although at a slower rate.
As tattoos have gained more social acceptability, more people have gotten them, resulting in more potential consumers who may later want to have their tattoo removed.
There are a number of reasons for tattoo regret, which the Chicago Tribune recently highlighted, such as a tattoo that commemorates a former flame. Others hope that getting rid of a tattoo will increase the chances of getting hired.
For instance, 23-year-old Mollie Linn received a tattoo-removal session for her birthday from her parents. She has a peace sign tattooed on her wrist, and they worried about what kind of first impression it makes on prospective employers.
Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure Basics
The easiest tattoos to remove are those that are:
- Fresh or very faded
- Done by amateur tattoo artists (the ink does not penetrate as deeply)
- Done in black and dark blue ink
Tattoos with multiple pigments or ink colors are harder to remove and may require different laser treatments to address each color.
The appropriate laser for removal depends on the ink color. Here are some possible lasers that may be used for various ink colors:
- Black and dark blue ink – q-switched Alexandrite or Nd:Yag lasers
- Red, orange, pink, yellow and green (which are more difficult to remove and may require more treatments) – q-switched Ruby or Nd: Yag lasers
- CO2 lasers may also be used for tattoo removal