There are few places where lawyers, ex-gang members, stay-at-home moms, and rebellious teens converge. The tattoo removal office where I work as a receptionist is one of them. I check patients in and answer questions from people inquiring about our services. But technology is rapidly changing this reality, and upending the industry. If you wanted tattoos removed five years ago, it would have meant many painful, expensive treatments—and gambling on the appearance of your skin afterward. Now, laser technology has advanced to where the treatments are more comfortable and safe, and the results are more predictable.
Laser tattoo removal is more common than ever, and whilst that might be because too many of us thought a smiley face on our bum cheek after one too many tequilas was a good shout guilty , it's also because techniques are improving rapidly. Contrary to popular belief, in most cases, tattoos are not permanent and can be removed if they are no longer wanted. This does depend on the ink and colours being removed as well as the technology being used. The laser goes to the dermis layer of skin, making contact with ink, breaking the ink down to particles small enough for the lymphatic system to dispose of. The body will then begin absorbing the broken down ink, flushing it out through your lymphatic system.
Are you the not-so-proud owner of some regrettable ink? Well, welcome to the club. I have four five, if you count the one on my back as two tattoos from my late teens and early twenties that I could probably definitely do without. So this year I set out to do just that: get them removed. If you've heard anything about laser tattoo removal, it's probably that it's insanely painful.
July 18, pm Updated July 19, am. Mark Cropp, 19, was desperate to find a job when he was released from prison earlier this month, but said the huge amateur inking he got inside put off employers. When the unemployed dad-of-one, from Auckland, New Zealand, posted about his plight he was inundated with job offers and is due to start a new scaffolding role next Monday.