Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Tattoo removal a booming business

  1. #1
    Hit By Ban Bus! pacific breeze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    in the wild blue yonder
    Posts
    15,479

    Default Tattoo removal a booming business

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/17/us/17tattoo.html?ex

    New York Times

    By NATASHA SINGER
    Published: June 17, 2007

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Kelly Brannigan was suffering from a case of tattoo remorse.

    All the Body's a Stage

    Just a year ago, Ms. Brannigan, 24, who holds up Case No. 24 as one of the models on the NBC game show “Deal or No Deal,” had been full of hope when she and her fiancé had each other’s names tattooed across their inner wrists.

    But now, when she looks at the letters — P-A-T-R-I-C-K — she is reminded of the failed relationship.

    For help, she turned to Dr. Tattoff, a chain of tattoo removal stores where nurses use lasers in a series of treatments to break down tattoo pigments. Dr. Tattoff is part of a growing industry catering to people who may not have thought about the implications of “forever” the first time around.

    Removing tattoos is costly, uncomfortable and time-consuming, but the affinity for body art is so strong that some people say they do it to clear space to tattoo all over again.

    Many dermatologists specialize in laser tattoo removal, and some laser hair-removal centers are adding services. In California, there are removal centers like Dr. Tattoff, Tat2BeGone and Tattoo MD.

    Most of Dr. Tattoff’s clients are women ages 25 to 35, said James Morel, the chief executive of the company, which has given more than 13,000 tattoo laser treatments since opening here in 2004. “Maybe women are getting more tattoos than they used to,” Mr. Morel said, “or maybe they just have a higher level of tattoo regret than men.”

    On the horizon is a development that could change the very nature of tattooing: a type of ink encapsulated in beads and designed to break up after one treatment with a special laser.

    The technology for the ink, called Freedom-2, was developed by scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brown and Duke Universities. It is to go on sale this fall.

    “We think the fence-sitters who always wanted a tattoo but have been afraid of the permanence will jump in and get tattoos,” said Martin Schmieg, the chief executive of Freedom-2. “But as your life changes from young to middle-aged to older, from single to married to divorced, you get tattoo regret, so we think the tattoo removal market will increase as well.”

    There are no hard statistics on tattoo removal, but Catherine A. Kniker, a senior vice president for Candela, a laser manufacturer, calculated that Americans may have 100,000 laser tattoo removal treatments this year.

    Tattoos have been used for centuries to reflect changes in life status, whether passage into adulthood or induction into a group like the military or a gang. In recent years, tattoos have also become a fashion accessory, a trend fueled by basketball players, bands and celebrities.

    A report by the Food and Drug Administration estimated that as many as 45 million Americans have tattoos. The report based the number on the finding by a Harris Interactive Poll in 2003 that 16 percent of all adults and 36 percent of people 25 to 29 had at least one tattoo. The poll also found that 17 percent of tattooed Americans regretted it.

    A tattoo that cost several hundred dollars could require several thousand dollars and many laser sessions to remove. Dr. Tattoff charges $39 per square inch of tattoo for each treatment.

    Devices called Q-switched lasers are used to shatter tattoo pigment into particles that are cleared by the body’s lymphatic system. Full removal takes an average of eight treatments, spaced at least a month apart, using different Q-switched lasers for different-colored inks, said Dr. Suzanne Kilmer, a dermatologist and laser researcher in Sacramento.

    Each treatment incrementally fades the tattoo. Some patients are left with pristine skin, others with a shadow or white spots, Dr. Kilmer said.

    Many states allow nurses to perform laser treatments. But Dr. Kilmer said patients would be better off going to experienced dermatologists who owned a variety of lasers and were trained to treat possible complications like allergic reactions.

    Some researchers are trying to determine whether tattoo removal treatments affect the lymph nodes. Researchers in Europe reported that lasers used on certain pigments had created toxic or carcinogenic byproducts.

    “You would be concerned about where the pigment goes, how long it is there and at what concentrations,” said Paul C. Howard, director of the Center for Phototoxicology at the National Toxicology Program of the Food and Drug Administration, which is also researching pigments.

    Still, last month, Dage Decuir, a comptroller at a construction company, was at Dr. Tattoff continuing treatments to remove a cat from her chest and a pig from her arm, which would otherwise distract from her strapless wedding gown.

    Roger Rodriguez, himself a tattoo artist, was having an amateur tattoo removed. The tattoo — his mother’s name, Margarita, in wobbly calligraphy that had been partly covered with a sprawling tattoo of his last name — had been done when he was 12.

    “The back is good real estate,” Mr. Rodriguez said. “We are bulldozing everything so I can have a blank canvas again.”

    Recently, Dr. Eric F. Bernstein, a dermatologist and laser researcher in Bryn Mawr, Pa., was treating David Donch, of Collingswood, N.J.

    Mr. Donch, a substitute teacher, wanted to erase black-and-white scenes of suffering souls and multicolored stained-glass windows that enveloped his lower right leg — a task that could take as many as 30 treatments, Dr. Bernstein said.

    Mr. Donch said the treatments felt like rubber bands being snapped against his skin but that it was worth it. “As I am getting older and planning to start a family and get my teaching certificate, I am more aware that appearances are important,” Mr. Donch said.

    Ms. Brannigan of “Deal or No Deal” said she was happy to see the name of her former fiancé fading from her wrist. She said she had learned an important lesson: “I’m not going to get a tattoo of another guy’s name until I get married.”

  2. #2
    Elite Member Grimmlok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    In WhoreLand fucking your MOM
    Posts
    55,372

    Default

    Well good to see she's learned.

    Retard.

    NEVER GET PEOPLE'S NAMES TATTOOED ON YOU, fucking idiot!
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

  3. #3
    A*O
    A*O is offline
    Friend of Gossip Rocks! A*O's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Being Paula
    Posts
    30,300

    Default

    Speaking of tatts - how's your's coming along Grimm?
    I've never liked lesbianism - it leaves a bad taste in my mouth
    Dame Edna Everage

    Just because you're offended doesn't mean you're right.

  4. #4
    Elite Member Grimmlok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    In WhoreLand fucking your MOM
    Posts
    55,372

    Default

    It isnt lol
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

  5. #5
    Elite Member Voodoo Child's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Sweet Down Under!
    Posts
    12,646

    Default

    I have one on my ankle I wish I never had done.

  6. #6
    La vie en rose DitaPage*'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    37,547

    Default

    Thats what holds me back from getting a tattoo- on one hand i want it but the other hand is saying- it wont be cool in a few years. Ehhh. I got my belly button pierced when i was 14 and my mum was all 'you'll hate it in a few years' (which is no big deal because if you take it out, the skin will grow over it as it closes up anyway) but i still love it.


    And yes, NEVER get someones name tattooed on you. Unless its your kids maybe. My uncle has 'BABE' in a heart on his back- he said its for ANY woman he's with, haha.

  7. #7
    Hit By Ban Bus! pacific breeze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    in the wild blue yonder
    Posts
    15,479

    Default

    ^^He knows how to cover all the bases, lol.

  8. #8
    Gold Member barbiedoll25's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    In an alcoholic haze
    Posts
    742

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    Well good to see she's learned.

    Retard.

    NEVER GET PEOPLE'S NAMES TATTOOED ON YOU, fucking idiot!
    No kidding dont' people know if you get your significant others name tattoed anywhere the relationship will FAIL??? It's like Murphy's Law or something! Case in point,,,,,,,,,,, Tommy Lee and Pam Anderson! They got their names tattoed on their ring fingers instead of bands.

  9. #9
    Elite Member darksithbunny's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    14,135

    Default

    The only name should be your own. Or you kids like my friend did. That was a sweet tribute to them.

  10. #10
    Elite Member southernbelle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    9,578

    Default

    BF has a tattoo with his sister's initials in it (she was killed in a car accident). Normally I really don't like tattoos, and I'm still not crazy about the fact that he has one, but I do think it's tastefully done.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Mole removal
    By khaebs in forum Beauty and Skincare
    Replies: 52
    Last Post: July 8th, 2007, 07:46 PM
  2. Hair removal; what you get rid of, and how you get rid of it!
    By DitaPage* in forum Beauty and Skincare
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: March 23rd, 2007, 02:10 AM
  3. Laser Hair Removal: My Log
    By AliceInWonderland in forum Beauty and Skincare
    Replies: 75
    Last Post: February 7th, 2007, 01:03 PM
  4. Get Free Microsoft Vista Business or Office 2007 Business!
    By SVZ in forum Computers and Technology
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: November 29th, 2006, 11:44 AM
  5. Tattoo Removal
    By brewpuppy in forum Beauty and Skincare
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: June 26th, 2006, 04:34 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •