A recent article on The Listener found tattoo regret is rising (read more here).

In 2012 14% of people regretted their ink, up to 23% in 2015, so if you’re not happy with a tattoo you’ve had done, you’re definitely not alone.

The article cites Q-Switched laser machines, which is the technology we use at Exit Ink, as the being the game-changer in tattoo removal. Did you know before their invention tattoos had to be removed by chemical peels, dermabrasion or by cutting them out (!).

But the quality of the machine matters. When you’re looking for removal you need to make sure your technician is using a good machine. A $10,000 knock-off job has the potential to cause scarring. When it’s your skin we’re talking about, you need to do your research in this regard.

However, the article cites the lack of regulation in the industry, which makes it hard for consumers to know if they’re in safe hands. This is both in terms of the equipment being used, but also the operator, who can cause serious skin damage if they don’t know what they’re doing.

As a registered nurse with over 30 years surgical experience with certificates in laser safety and tattoo removal, client safety is what I take seriously. I don’t take risks with people’s skin and I provide all my services in a safe, clean environment.

If you’re thinking of tattoo removal, I definitely recommend reading the article to get a sense of the process, what’s involved, how long it takes and what it might cost, but do get in touch if you’d like to discuss your own tattoo removal.

I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, plus all my clients receive a free consultation to assess their tattoo and discuss the likely removal results.