Faster laser tattoo removal treatment may get rid of tough tattoos – CBS News

A new form of laser treatment may give hope to people trying to get rid of painful tattoo memories. The PicoSure is a picoseconds aesthetic laser that can administer short pulses of lasers directly into the skin in just trillionths of a second. Theoretically this means tattoos can be removed with fewer treatments and with less particles from the laser. “By doing that you’re getting a more intense reaction. That destroys the tattoo particles.” Dr. Gary Lask, director of dermatologic surgery at UCLA, explained to CBS News. A Harris Interactive survey revealed that 21 percent of American adults have a tattoo. Removing tattoos are no easy process. The Food and Drug Administration regulates the laser devices used to remove tattoos. Even though there can be some success with removing tattoos, it still takes many procedures — sometimes 10 or more sessions while waiting weeks apart — and can be expensive. Click Below to Read Full Article:...

Rue that tattoo? In one of life’s few do-overs, laser removal takes off – Health – TODAY.com

Life doesn’t offer a lot of do-overs; the choice you made is often the choice you’re stuck with. But a terrible tattoo — that’s something we can work with. More than a third of younger Americans now have at least one tattoo, and a lot of them are regrettable, apparently: According to the latest figures from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 45,224 tattoo removal procedures were done in 2013, up from 40,801 in 2011. That means that, for many estheticians and medi-spas, tattoo removal accounts for a big chunk of their business. “Forty percent of what I’m doing is tattoo removal,” said Vladimir Byhovsky, an esthetician in White Plains, N.Y. and Riverdale, N.Y. Amanda Bynes, the Nickelodeon child star who had a very public meltdown last summer, is getting one of her tattoos removed, erasing the angel wings inked onto her right forearm, photos recently showed. One Direction singer Harry Styles has talked about removing some of his dozens of tattoo. Even non-celebrities live to regret their tats. When Sarah Schlow turned 18 in 1985, the New York City native got the coolest tattoo her not-totally-developed teenage brain could imagine. In a word: sharks.   Click below to read full article: Rue that tattoo? In one of life’s few do-overs, laser removal takes off  – Health –...