Tattoos have a long and complex history in many cultures. Throughout human development, ink has appeared as amulets, status symbols, and expressions of love. The trend continues through modern time.
According to some polls, about 21% of people have at least one tattoo.* For the 18 to 29 age group, the number is a whopping 40%.** In the US, tattoos are akin to their own lifestyle. Heavily inked actors, athletes, and other celebrities have encouraged the phenomena.
But it remains true that people’s reactions to tattoos vary widely. The last time you saw someone with stars inked on their face, for example, you might have thought, “Good luck getting a real job!” Additionally, tattoos often outlive their appeal with their owners.
The significant other that warranted a simple tattoo can become the troubling ex, a living symbol of a painful breakup or costly divorce. The elaborate design that meant so much so one in their 20s loses significance in their 30s and 40s. Finally, old tattoo on aging skin can often be described as shocking.
This means, of course, that providers must be able to remove a wide variety of tattoos. Some patients wish to eliminate a small area of black ink. Others may wish to eliminate larger tattoos consisting of many colors.
Numerous factors can complicate tattoo removal procedures. The age of the tattoo, the depth of ink, the precision of the needle that put it there and the experience of the tattoo artist can all affect the procedure. Professionals should be ready for everything.
The Alma Lasers innovation in tattoo removal technology gives providers both 532nm and 1064nm wavelengths with Q-Switched, Long Pulse, and Double Pulse Modes on a single, dedicated platform. For practitioners, this means being able to effectively treat a wide range of tattoos. For patients this means effective removal of unwanted ink.