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If you haven’t seen a photograph of Cheryl Cole’s new body art recently, you might want to Google it.

The thorny rose tattoo has not only put thorns in her a very large area of her lower back and behind but also thorn in her fans as they vocally shared their opinions on social media at the sight of the rosy number.  Cheryl’s tattoo even drew attention away from the other music spectacle the internet was obsessed with, Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance (you should Google that too).  The tattoo itself is massive; two very large roses entwined together taking up the lower half of her back and more. This is not the first tattoo Cheryl has inked on, after her divorce from footballer Ashley Cole; Cheryl had scratched that “Mrs. C” number off her neck. The trend-setting celebs that fueled the tattoo industry are now scratching those off and spearheading another trend: tattoo removal. From Angelina Jolie who covered Billy Bob Thornton’s name with the coordinates of her children’s birthplaces, Johnny Depp converting his “Winona Forever” tattoo to “Wino Forever” once the two broke up permanently, to Britney Spears removing her Hebrew tattoo on her neck once she realized that Kabbalah was, in fact, not her way to truth and light.

The Tattoo Removal Trend

The new trend in tattoo removal is rising at an alarming rate. Many who have gotten their tattoos during their younger “free spirited” days are now seeking to remove them. So what do you do if you need your “I heart (insert your ex’s name)” removed? Well you, Cheryl Cole, and the many other desperate souls in need are in luck. There are many centers, techniques, and physicians that will help rid of your unsightly tattoo.

However new the trend of tattoo removal may be, tattoo removal is actually not a new science. Historically, there have been many techniques such as physical techniques where skin was abraded to attempt to physically “rub” off the tattoo. In other cases, physicians would even use metal or diamond sanding discs, sand paper, and any material that would attempt to grind away the tattoo. Obviously, these methods were painful with limited success and often resulted in scarring. Chemical tattoo removal was also a method use historically and would include applying wine, citrus juices, sulfur, garlic, and even bird feces to lighted or remove tattoos. Some of the first modern tattoo removal techniques involved the application of heat, which was more effective but met with intense pain and scarring. The CO2 Laser then came into play and was one of the first lasers used in tattoo removal. The laser removed the upper layers of skin and caused significant heating and destruction of the pigments surrounding the skin. However, this method could not specifically target the tattoo pigments destroying the tissue surrounding the skin. Surgical removal is another technique and perhaps one of the oldest that continues to be used today. Used specifically for small tattoos, extremely hard to remove tattoos, or for quick removal, the skin bearing the tattoo is surgically cut off. Successful for small tattoos, larger tattoos are more difficult as multiple surgeries and skin grafting may be necessary.

Laser Tattoo Removal

In current times, the most widely used method for tattoo removal involves the use of specialty lasers that specifically targets the pigments from the tattoo inks and breaks them down into smaller pieces that are then absorbed by the body. There are many different lasers on the market today such as the Q Switched lasers and the newest laser tattoo removal device: the PicoSure Laser. Laser tattoo removal has been around for 25 years while technology of the lasers increases in every new product. The lasers produce a controlled beam of light that targets pigments in the skin essentially “exploding” the pigments into smaller particles that can be absorbed. The PicoSure laser was specifically designed for the removal of tattoo pigments. The PicoSure laser delivers tiny short pulse bursts of energy to the skin in trillionths of a second. The picosecond pulse width is 100 times shorter than the current nanosecond technology used by the Q-Switch lasers enabling the impact for better clearance of the tattoo with fewer treatments and less energy.  The ultra-short pulses create intense pressure waves that cause greater disruption of the pigments that then trigger shockwaves that allow the use of lower energy. Most importantly, the PicoSure Laser can remove even the darkest of stubborn inks such as blue and green inks. If you are looking where to locate a PicoSure laser, this center of laser tattoo removal in Virginia Beach offers the newest laser.

Many people may want a quick fix, but quite frankly, there isn’t one. Tattoo removal often requires multiple treatments and can be a lengthy experience as it is suggested you wait 4 weeks between sessions. Larger tattoos can take up to 20 trips to a tattoo removal specialist, which can be fairly expensive, however the technology does offer a satisfied outcome. Don’t worry, your very dark skulls tattoo can be removed with time and money.


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