Monthly Archives: March 2015

half of women under 35 ?

Surprising poll on tattoo lovers indicates that more young women than we actually though are donning their fave tattoo image, and 64% of those under 35’s are big fans.14% of over 45s have a tattoo

Nearly half of women under age 35 have gotten ink, almost double their male counterparts (47 percent vs. 25 percent).

It’s the reverse among those 65 and over: three times as many senior men as women have a tattoo (14 percent vs. 4 percent).

It’s a trend and that’s great.

For clinic owners and practitioners who need to service this growing demand, you know who to call….

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Do we think tattoos are attractive? Actually, no.

A majority says they don’t like tattoos, yet more Americans are getting them — and getting more of them.

The latest Fox News poll finds 20 percent of voters, or one in five, has at least one tattoo. That’s up from 13 percent in 2007.

attractive much

Read the entire article and check the data here

By a 58-32 percent margin, voters say “no” when asked the simple question: Do you like tattoos? Yet 55 percent of those under age 35 say “yes.” That rises to 64 percent for women under 35.

The increase in body ink is not because people think tattoos are attractive: 6 in 10 think they make a person less attractive. That’s more than seven times as many as say more attractive (eight percent). About a quarter says tattoos make no difference.

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Surge in tattoo removal fuelled by regret

Survey in our Spectrum office says that we know that regret is a high ranking cause for users to seek tattoo removal, but we are all about evidence, so here it is…three in ten say tattoos make them feel sexy

You can definitely say that the surge in laser tattoo removal has been fuelled by regret, and the new technology that has been released makes it that much easier to have your tattoos removed. A Harris Poll which was taken two years ago, found that 21 percent of Americans have at least one tattoo, a figure which is up from 16 percent in 2003, and of those people, it’s roughly 14 percent of them who now regret their decision.

Strangely, when we reviewed the survey results closely, we found that 30% of the respondents also said their tattoo made them feel sexier.


Review the survey results HERE

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Color, Size and Smoking Affect Tattoo Removal

Article from The Wall Street Journal and tattoo removal – the facts that we are probably all aware of, but still interesting to revisit

Dermatologists have long known certain colors are easier to remove than others, but the findings on the impact of smoking on tattoo removal are new.

The research was conducted at a laser-surgery center in Milan, Italy, from 1995 through 2010. There were 352 people in the study, of which 201 were men, with a median age of 30 years old.

As many as 22% of U.S. college students have at least one tattoo, according to background information in the study, and about half of people who get tattoos later try to have them removed.


In order to remove tattoos, patients must undergo about 10 laser treatments several weeks apart. The light from the laser targets pigments in the ink of the tattoo and helps the ink break down. Over time the ink is removed through the body’s lymphatic system. Each treatment costs about $200 and isn’t covered by insurance.

Overall, the study found about 47% of people had their tattoos successfully removed after 10 laser treatments and it took 15 treatments to remove tattoos from 75% of patients.

View the article here




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Smoking reduces the effect of tattoo removal

Variables Influencing Outcome and Sequelae in a Large Cohort of Treated Patients*

Our team have received a few questions recently on some of the widely accepted facts about tattoo removing with Q-switched laser and where that information originated, so we have located the source article.

A major finding of this study was the effect of smoking on tattoo removal. The chance of achieving removal after 10 treatment sessions was decreased by 69.7% in smokers compared with nonsmokers.

*view the entire abstract HERE


the effect of smoking on tattoo removal

the effect of smoking on tattoo removal

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Increase in infections during tattoo application

An interesting piece of news from the US – The Harvard Health Blog reflects on an outbreak of Mycobacterium bacteria linked to tattoos. for the entire article

Safe Post-Tattoo Protocol

Best practice post your tattoo treatment is as follows

After a tattoo session is over, take off the bandage within three to five hours. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and warm water, then wash the tattooed skin. Pat dry with a paper towel or clean cloth towel.

  • Allow the skin to air dry for 5 to 10 minutes. Then apply a very thin layer of Vaseline, Aquaphor, or other ointment.
  • Repeat the washing, drying, and moisturizing process three to four times a day for four days.
  • When the tattooed skin starts to shed a thin flaky layer of skin, do not scratch or pick at it. At this point you can switch to a moisturizer—don’t let your tattoo get dried out for the first few weeks.
  • Call your doctor—not the tattoo artist—if redness or swelling persists after a few days, you have a fever, or you notice a rash in or around the tattoo.

Read the entire article here


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Tattoo Removal Secrets

Spectrum Switch [Q-Switched ND:Yag laser]

What is tattoo clearance?

Generally accepted to be clearance of 95 % of the pre-treated tattoo. There are no devices available that record 100% clearance – and this is important to note.

Are there tattoos that resist treatment?

Certain colours are harder to clear. Black is easiest and the most common colour used, however the dense tribal tattoo designs that have become very popular, whilst black in colour, are difficult to clear because of their extreme density and will take more treatments than the standard variety.

Why Switch?

There are 2 separate wavelengths produced in the clearance of tattoos. Protective goggles are required by the operator and client.

The 532 nanometre wavelength treats the red and orange targets in the skin. It is attracted to red and orange targets which includes ink, but can also include pigments such as age spots, freckles and sun spots.

The 1064 nanometre wavelength is a near-infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye. This is the wavelength that treats the black and dark tattoo inks.

Another consideration is the Switch is a 3B laser – it has been designed with the power generated in the hand-piece, not the body, so the energy travels the shortest possible distance and is categorised at a different level than earlier models. Added to this, a class 3B laser has different licensing and training requirements that earlier class 4 models.

What to do before and after tattoo removal

Pre care

Just like when you received your tattoo, the area will be cleaned before treatment and you may want to use a topical numbing crème for comfort. This can be purchased from a pharmacy without prescription. Other than that there is no specific preparation required.

Post care

There will be some inflammation after treatment. The treated area will also appear slightly raised – dress this area with a non-aqueous based, ointment and a flexi roll to protect for water, friction and injury.

Infrared red LED light for healing is recommended post treatment, at least weekly, to optimise the healing process, at least weekly to speed up the healing process.

When the surface layer is healing, and the dressing is removed, ensure you use a sun block to protect to healed skin.

Pain relief

This treatment will be uncomfortable – so prepare for that. A cooling device that blows cold air onto the skin during treatment will increase comfort. Numbing crème – apply 60 min prior and wrap in gladwrap to infuse into the skin.

Number and frequency of tattoo removal treatments

Treatments are recommended 6 weeks apart – usually 6-8 sessions are required to clear a standard tattoo to 95%.

There is no benefit in treating more frequently as the body’s elimination system which removes the shattered ink particles is set to a particular rhythm and cannot be hurried. You may not damage the area, but the treatment is more likely to be a waste of effort.

Switch is also used to treat nail fungus, dermal pigment and epidermal pigment.

Powered by Spectrum Switch ND:Yag, available in standard and portable models

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