As tattooing grows in popularity, more people will continue to visit their local tattoo artists to have choice designs inked onto their skin. Of course, with more people receiving tattoos, it stands to reason that there will inevitably be a higher percentage of those who receive bad tattoos. 

For the growing number of U.S. adults who find themselves living with tattoo regret, nothing is worse than the prospect of having to go through the years with a poorly conceived or poorly executed tattoo. But that may not actually be the case. With the tattoo removal industry growing at a meteoric rate, more folks are seeking removal through various methods. If you're one of the growing contingent of tattoo removal hopefuls, make sure you do your research – poor tattoo removal can be just as bad, if not worse, than a bad tattoo.

Not all tattoo removal is created equal
Sure, you may not want to go through life with that butterfly on your back or the name of your ex from six months ago inscribed on your forearm, but before you rush out to the first tattoo removalist you can find, make sure you know what you're in for. Modern tattoo removal procedures have been practiced for decades, but it's only been over the past several years or so that they've started to come into their own in a way that makes them efficient and safe. 

Even with more modern removal services, tattooess should approach the procedure with an appropriate degree of caution and, of course, research. One warning story comes from Montreal, Canada, where 18 women have fallen victim to poorly executed tattoo removal procedures from a local shop. The studio touted the no-scarring benefits of its laser-free procedure. Unfortunately, many of its clients who showed up expecting their skin to be free and clear of any tattoos left the procedure with a more conspicuous permanent mark – severe scarring. The shop's procedure, which, according to its official site, involves the use of a chemical solvent underneath the top layer of skin which is said to dissolve away ink, claimed to leave no scarring. Unfortunately, as in the case of these 18 women, the reactions to the chemicals used were more severe than anticipated, resulting in red, raised scars that were in many cases more prominent than the tattoos they were meant to remove. 

A right way and a wrong way to do things
Pursuing tattoo removal is important for some, for either personal or professional reasons, and those individuals may be put off by the stories of poor removal. The good news is that while chemical removal procedures can lead to unpredictable results and severe scarring, there are other options available that are more effective and much safer. 

Recent years have seen significant advances in laser tattoo removal technology, further refining what was already the eminent and most professionally accepted form of tattoo removal. The introduction of tattoo removal lasers that use picosecond technology have added an extra layer of efficacy to the process, while further reducing both the number of treatments required to remove the tattoo and the chance of damage to the skin, such as burning or scarring. 

As laser tattoo removal technology continues to optimize, it will become more readily available across a wider range, offering people from as many areas as possible the option for safe and effective tattoo removal. 

PicoSure® is the latest technology for laser tattoo removal and offers faster and better removal in fewer treatments. PicoSure shatters ink into smaller, dust-like particles which are more efficiently absorbed by the body's natural processes. It is the first and only aesthetic picosecond laser that is FDA-cleared for the removal of tattoos. Visit to learn more and find a PicoSure Practitioner near you.