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Oct 25, 2013 10:30 AM by Ryan Haarer

Tattoo removal technology is better than ever

TUCSON- Some experts say removals are increasing between 30 and 45 percent. It's a lot of people willing to shell out the cash to erase the past and lucky for them the results of laser removal are improving with the technology.

Dr. Gerald Goldberg from Pima Dermatology hasn't seen a huge spike in removals but says the economy is a factor since treatments are usually not covered by insurance.

"It's not medically necessary. It's psycho, socially and mentally necessary for lots of folks who want to get an ex's name off or whatever it happens to be."

Erasing names is a common one so consider yourself warned. Many of his clients are headed into the workforce or don't want their young children to see their ink.

"They're saying, what was i thinking. Women in their 30's and 40's typically and they are coming in droves to have their tattoos removed and then men in the military who can't have visible or graphic tattoos."

Dr. Goldberg says ink can be removed through excising, dermabrasion or lasers. At Pima Dermatology there is a fleet of different lasers to handle the different factors of a removal like density and age. The older and lighter the tattoo the easier it is to get rid of.

"Probably the most significant factor is the color of the tattoo and the specific tattoo ink that's used. So the greens and the blues and the organic dyes that have been used recently can be very challenging to remove."

Dr. Goldberg can often use a multi-pass technique expediting the process but generally a removal takes several sessions and can leave some shadows or scarring.

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