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  • Laser Tattoo Removal Now More Popular than Ever

    Erase Your Regrets

    Hate your tattoo? You’re not alone. According to a recent Today Health report, more than 45,000 tattoo removal procedures were performed in 2013, up from 40,801 reported treatments in 2011. As reported on Today’s website, tattoos have grown in popularity over the past few decades. It is estimated that more than one in three young Americans have at least one tattoo. A 2010 Pew Research Center survey reveals that roughly one in seven baby boomers admitted to having a tattoo. This number almost doubles for Gen Xers and is even higher for millennials.

    If tattoos are so popular, why are so many people opting to remove them? Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Medical Corporation, speculates that it’s “a combination of factors driving these numbers. Some who may have once regarded their tattoo as a form of rebellion against society now find the art form co-opted by the mainstream. Others regret the content of their tattoo which may include the name of a former lover or an image depicting a lifestyle they no longer live. And for some, it’s a way to erase shoddy artwork. The number of poorly rendered tattoos we see is amazing.”

    It Has Never Been Easier

    Whatever the reason for removing a tattoo, the practice has never been easier or more affordable. In fact, the technology has improved significantly over the past few years—laser tattoo removal has much greater success today removing ink colors that once proved quite problematic, such as yellow and red.

    The new technology used in laser tattoo removal is amazing The Q-switch is the most common type of laser used in tattoo removal. It produces pulses of light boasting an extremely high peak power. Several types of Q-switch lasers exist, and each one targets a different color spectrum at different wavelengths. Because Q-switch lasers are so precise and intense, tattoo pigments fragment instantly, resulting in minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. Additional lasers—such as the Nd:YAG—are often used in conjunction with Q-switch, effectively treating even the most stubborn ink colors.

    The Future Is Now

    Thanks to newer technology, laser tattoo removal is safer than ever. Laser treatment is often safer than many traditional methods such as excision, dermabrasion or salabrasion because of its unique ability to selectively treat pigment involved in the tattoo. Laser hair removal is so safe and non-invasive that most patients do not even require anesthesia. (As many patients describe it, each pulse feels like a grease splatter or the snapping of a rubber band again the skin.) The treatment itself consists of placing a hand piece against the surface of the skin and activating the laser light. Immediately following treatment, an ice pack is applied to soothe the treated area. The patient is then asked to apply a topical antibiotic cream or ointment. A bandage or patch is used to protect the site and it should likewise be covered with sunblock when out in the sun.

    Want to remove your own regrettable tattoo? Laser tattoo removal is the only safe and effective method to permanently remove unwanted tattoos. And LaserAway is the nation’s top laser tattoo removal service. So what are you waiting for? Schedule your FREE, no obligation laser tattoo removal consultation at LaserAway today.

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