Whether it be artistic expression, cultural or spiritual, or just plain rebelliousness, tattoos play a significant role in society.
Approximately 35% of people between the ages of 18 and 25 have a tattoo. Many of them regret it and turn to the medical aesthetics industry!
Can you guess the #1 reason why people their ink removed? The answer may surprise you!
Why Do People Get Tattoos Removed?
Removing tattoos is one of the fast-growing aesthetic procedures. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), laser tattoo removal treatments have increased 43 percent from 2011 to 2012.
WebMD published a study with the top six reasons why tattoos are removed:
- 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, tattoo removal involved the use of one or more methods that were often painful and scar-inducing. These methods include:
- Dermabrasion. Skin is “sanded,” which removes the surface and middle layers of skin.
- Cryosurgery. The area is frozen before 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. It’s considered safer than the other options because it has a reduced risk of infection and less scarring.
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.
You might be wondering, how does tattoo removal work? During laser tattoo removal education, you will learn the process is quite simple:
- The laser produces short pulses of intense light.
- The light passes through the top layers of skin and absorbed by the tattoo pigment.
- The pigment fragments into smaller particles and are removed by the body’s lymphatic system.
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.
Cover-up patients only want their tattoo faded down to make it easier for their tattoo artist to design a tattoo to be drawn in its place. Tattoo fading needs fewer sessions than complete removal. Often two to three laser sessions are adequate to fade the tattoo significantly and allow the tattoo artist to have a better canvas to work on.
Students at National Laser Institute will learn tattoo removal in one week and work on clients with different tattoo types 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.
Learn Tattoo Removal in 1 Week
Students who attend our laser tattoo removal training course will learn laser safety involved with laser tattoo removal as well as proper protocols, conducting client consultations and tattoo removal techniques. This tattoo removal course is taught by leading laser experts who have been in this industry for years.
Attendees will learn about Q-switched lasers, and how they can effectively remove many types of tattoos. During tattoo removal training, you will learn:
- Tissue interaction
- Wavelengths and laser selection
- Pre- and post-treatment care
- Treatment contraindications
- Treatment plans and tattoo types
- Clinical observations on real clients
- Hands-on training with real tattoo clients
- Exposure to different skin and tattoo types
- Clinical experience within a retail medical spa environment
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 one week!
Our course is divided into two 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, 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 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!