With about half of the 40 million Americans who have tattoos regretting their initial decision to “ink” their skin, tattoo removal has become an increasingly common choice. But even while undergoing the latest laser removal techniques – the most common way to erase a tattoo – those with unwanted “tats” can take several extra steps to speed the path to clearer skin, according to John Troccoli, MD, of Advanced Dermatology P.C.
“Tattoos and skin art have been around for more than 5,000 years and used as a way to declare love, religious beliefs and social status, among other reasons,” Dr. Troccoli explains. “But time and circumstances have a way of changing many people’s minds about tattoos, and what seemed like a good idea at 17 or 25 may not feel right anymore at 40 or 60. Luckily, the latest tattoo removal treatments can erase embarrassing or stress-provoking tattoos, and proactive steps can help.”