In the last 15 years, the popularity of tattoos, or permanent decorative body art, has increased dramatically. It is estimated that currently more than 10 million Americans have at least one or more tattoos.
Many who thought a tattoo would be something they would love forever are now changing their hearts. Maturity, marriage, career, and a thriving family are all contributing factors to the waning of enthusiasm for what was once considered cool. This is not a small group as it is estimated that 50% of people who get a tattoo later regret it.
Therefore, laser tattoo removal has become one of the most popular cosmetic laser treatments available today. This rapid growth may also be due to the increasing number of doctors and laser clinics adding laser tattoo removal to their list of cosmetic laser services.
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Laser devices can now permanently remove tattoo ink from many parts of the body. However, the costs and inconvenience of removal can outweigh the costs and inconveniences incurred during initial application.
Before laser tattoo removal became commercially available in the early 1990s, removal methods included saline abrasion, or rubbing the skin with salt, cryosurgery, dermabrasion, and even excision and skin grafting. Today, Q-switched lasers use short, high-energy pulses to effectively remove unwanted ink and are specifically designed to permanently remove body art.