Whether it be artistic expression, cultural or spiritual, or just plain rebelliousness, tattoos play a large role in society.
Approximately 35% of people between the ages 18 and 25 have a tattoo, but many of them regret it.
Can you guess what the #1 reason why people get tattoos removed? The answer may surprise you!
Why Do People Get Tattoos Removed?
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the number of people undergoing laser tattoo removal increased 43% from 2011 to 2012.
WebMD published a study with the top 6 reasons men and women decided to get tattoo removal:
- 58% just decided to remove it.
- 57% suffered embarrassment.
- 38% had lowered body image.
- 38% new job/career.
- 37% problem with clothes.
- 25% experienced stigma.
How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?
Before lasers became popular for tattoo removal in the late 1980s, removing a tattoo involved the use of one or more methods that were often painful and scar-inducing. These methods included:
- Dermabrasion. Skin is “sanded,” which removes the surface and middle layers of skin.
- Cryosurgery. The area is frozen prior to removal.
- Excision. A dermatologic surgeon removes the tattoo with a scalpel, and the wound is closed with stitches.
Today, lasers have become the standard method for tattoo removal, because it’s low risk and an effective alternative with minimal side effects. Each tattoo removal procedure is done on an outpatient basis.
The type of laser used to remove a tattoo depends on the tattoo’s pigment colors. Typically, yellow and green are the hardest to remove. Blue and black are the easiest.
So how do lasers remove tattoos? The process is quite simple:
- The laser produces short pulses of intense light
- That pass through the top layers of skin and are absorbed by the tattoo pigment.
- This causes the pigment to fragment into smaller particles,
- And they are removed by the body’s immune system.
And what about the number of treatments needed? The location, age and quality of the tattoo combined with your body’s ability to dispose of the ink will determine the number of treatments needed. On average, 10-12 laser tattoo removal treatments will be needed; however, every person and tattoo is unique. Some might require more while others require less.
Students who attend training at National Laser Institute will have the opportunity to work on different clients and tattoo types in order to practice safe and effective cosmetic laser techniques. The technology we use is most effective and includes all three wavelengths (1064/755/532) to address all colors.
Laser Tattoo Removal Training at National Laser Institute
If you are interested in pursuing a niche career in laser tattoo removal, National Laser Institute offers a Just Tattoo Removal course that can be completed in as little as 1 week!
Our course is divided into 2 sections: didactic and clinical hands-on training. You will spend the first half of the course doing classroom education. Here, you will learn things like tissue interaction, wavelengths and laser selection, pre- and post-patient care and more!
The second half of the course is spent doing hands-on training in an educational setting. You will have the opportunity to treat a variety of clients and tattoo types in order to gain real world experience.
By the end of the course, you will feel comfortable and confident to perform tattoo removal treatments in any medical setting!