Tattoos be gone: Removal grows among millennials

This headline caught my attention, but the article contained absolutely no data to back it up. It tells the story of one man who is removing a very small part of his tattoo that extends above the collar in order to meet military regulations. There is mention of a survey that found 86% of students polled felt that tattoos would hurt their chances of finding a job, but no mention of tattoo removal.

I find in very suspect that every article I read that makes claims about increasing tattoo removal always reads like an advertisement for a specific removal center.


Consumer group Choice sounds warning on tattoo removal industry

With tattoo removal fast becoming a huge industry, it’s about time we started hearing warnings about the lack of training required to operate lasers.

The consumer watchdog Choice has sounded a warning over the lack of regulation in the tattoo removal industry, pointing out that no medical training is required for those using lasers to remove unwanted ink from flesh.


Removing tattoos a big step for job hunters

Interesting article, but I’m struggling to figure out how a tattoo on the calf or shoulder of a man would be a barrier to employment. How often do men bear their shoulders and calves while at work?

Luis Orozco had ferocious orange-and-black tigers snarling out from each of his calves.

Juan Velasquez had a massive red, white and blue eagle spread across his shoulder.

Yolanda Carretero had an old English-style “L” and flower on her left hand.

They were among several dozen people who flocked to a low-cost tattoo removal clinic in San Pablo, Calif. recently. Sponsored by the San Pablo Economic Development Corp., the monthly clinic is the first step of the city’s Removing Barriers program that soon will add training on job-readiness and fiscal responsibility.


Tattoo removal nurse zaps unwanted ink

Another article talking about tattoo removal and just like every other similar story, there are some inflated tattoo regret figures thrown into the mix. This time claiming “Some stats say that half of all people with tattoos eventually want to get them removed.” Which stats? I need a source or else this is just a number that someone pulled out of their ass.

This type of inflated statistic on regret is especially annoying because people who are against tattoos will try to use it as further evidence that tattoos are a bad idea.



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Breast cancer rates have risen in recent decades, and that increase has been especially pronounced in the United States. Currently, one in eight American women will confront the disease in their lifetime. Over the same period of time mortality rates from the disease have declined. For many, treatment will necessitate breast and areola removal. Patients survive the mauling with flat chests bound in dark scars. Most opt for reconstructive surgery. Breast implants can provide the shape of what was lost, but making a realistic-looking areola is a greater challenge.

For all of medicine’s advances, the best option for areola reconstruction is tattooing, and in the field of cosmetic tattooing, Vinnie’s trompe-l’oeil “areola portraits,” as he calls them, are widely regarded as the best that money can buy.