Tattoos are Not Forever

Tattoos are Not Forever

The art of tattooing has been around for over 5,000 years. People get tattoos for religious purposes, meaningful moments, a gesture of love or to fit into a societal mold. In some countries tattooing is illegal and in some cases tattoos can evan serve as a form of punishment.  Tattooing seems to be more accepted in America since Hollywood California has taken tattooing to reality tv over the past decade.  The question is with the rise in tattoo removal amongst Americans and Hollywood’s elite is the trend here to stay?


A U.S. News & World Report article in 1990, ranked tattooing as the sixth fastest growing retail venture of the 1990s.  In 2012 a Harris Poll showed that “1 in 5 American’s have
tattoos, highest percentage were in the age range of 30-39 and they lived in the western region.”  The poll also uncovered an interesting statistic that “2 in 5 adults without a tattoo say adults with tattoos are less attractive.”  For the first time in history more women have tattoos (23%) than men (19%).(#22, February 23, 2012, Samantha Braverman).  The tattooing industry seemed lucrative because everywhere you looked a new parlor was setting up shop.  Even though local tattoo parlors started making their mark in cities across America the trend is now slowing down. In earlier 2003 Harris Poll reports uncovered age groups from 25-29 were 36% tattooed, the same age group dropped down to only 32% in the 2008 report and lastly in 2012 report their age group was slightly less at 30%.   CUTERA, a global company specializing in aesthetic laser technology for face & body has created the first dual wave tattoo removal device that can be used on all skin types erasing all tattoo colors.  Now the NEW trend in Hollywood seems to be tattoo removal.

CUTERA called on 2000 non tattooed Americans and 1000 tattooed Americans for a study to help detect who has tattoos? Who is knowledgable of tattoo removal and who is regretting their tattoo?  Their study released that most people get their first tattoo between ages of  18-24 and people who regretted it were in their 30’s.(CUTERA June, 2015).   Who are these people that seek’d out tattoo removal and had such regret? A study revealed by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS) breaks it down.  Out of the US in 2011 40,801 and 45,224 in 2013 sought out treatment.   Out of the individuals receiving tattoo removal were 72.7% women. (The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASPS) Cosmetic Surgery National Data Bank 2013). So why all the regret?

With the rise in tattooing for over a decade, wouldn’t American’s be more accepting? Is the little flower on a woman’s back from high school or tattooed sleeves clashing with their work uniform?  An Interesting study of 2700 individuals about tattooing reveals some major findings in regards to acceptance in the workplace and beyond.  Unfortunately 76% of Americans believe tattooing and piercing can cause an interviewer to look on to their next non-tattooed candidate.  Education comes into play with who does and doesn’t sport ink.  Only 3% of people who have earned Phd’s have tattoos, 8% of those with master’s degrees, 10% with bachelors, 19% associates and 20% are high school graduates.  Lastly when it comes to gender the study examined a little further into maybe why it is women who are seeking out that whopping portion of tattoo removal!  “According to our survey, you’re more likely to have tattoos and piercings if you’re a woman who is single or divorced.” ( January 21, 2013, Aaron Gouveia). Yikes. Maybe this is why there has been a recent trend in Hollywood among it’s leading ladies and even some of it’s most famous male counterparts zapping their ink away.

Who is Hollywood’s most famous celebs suffering from tattoo regret?

Britney Spears 

Britney the queen of 90’s pop started having her Kabbalah tattoo removed from her neck around 2008.

Kelly Osbourne 

In early November 2013 Kelly decided to undergo tattoo removal and even shared it on Instagram stating “I did the crime I am now doing the time! #NoPainNoGain!” Apparently Kelly had a total of 15 tattoos.

Megan Fox

Ellen had Megan as a guest on her show in 2012.  Megan warned people never to get tattoos and spoke about her removal process.

Mark Wahlberg

Mark wanted to teach his eldest children a lesson so when he decided to have his tattoos erased via tattoo removal he brought them with him to ensure they never made the same mistake!

Johnny Depp

Winona Forever.  Well not really.  Johnny and Winona Ryder were engaged for three years in the early 90’s. Upon their breakup Johnny changed the tattoo to “Wino Forever” , funny he must love his wine!

So with all that being said, tattoos are not forever.  The process depends on the size and amount of tattoos that you want to get removed. It is also important to choose a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has a facility that has specific experience in the removal process.  PRIVET Aesthetics by Dr. Leif Rogers, MD and Rand Rusher, RN have created a luxurious destination with the industries top trained medical professionals who perform tattoo removal resulting in top level care.  Interested in removing your tattoos completely from your body?

Have questions about the process? Comment below or call to book a consult 310.860.8519

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