With tattoos becoming more and more common in today’s society, tattoo removals are also becoming prevalent. In a 2004 survey, 24 percent of a group of 18 to 50 year olds have admitted to getting a tattoo while 17 percent of them have thought about getting it removed. A laser treatment is the most common procedure used to remove tattoos without damaging the patient’s skin. The laser targets the pigment of the skin and blows the unnatural colors to pieces. The ink is then reabsorbed into the body through the lymphatic system. This procedure is both more painful and costly than getting the original tattoo. Patients with larger tattoos are even given the option of receiving an anesthetic, but this makes the procedure even more costly, up to a few thousand dollars. The time between visits is about four to eight weeks apart on average. Each session takes from 10 to 30 minutes.

 The biggest risk to this procedure is scarring or discoloration of the skin, though in most cases this discoloration fades with time. The complexity of the procedure depends on where the tattoo is on the body and what it looks like. The colors green, yellow, and purple are harder to remove, and the farther away from the heart the tattoo is, the more time consuming it is to remove. Oftentimes the procedure must be done several times in the course of several weeks. Luckily, a new kind of ink is set to be used in future tattoo jobs. The ink is named Freedom-2. It can be removed by a single laser treatment. However, the fact that so many tattoo wearers are looking into tattoo removal should be a warning to those looking into getting a tattoo to think it over and decide how badly they want one and for how long.

 For related articles visit: http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/09/10/hm.tattoo.removal/index.html and http://www.topdocs.com/display_procedure.php?id=tattoo.

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