TATTOO REGRET ON THE RISE
Tattoos… I’ve had a few… then again… I do regret them!
Today at a cosmetic surgery conference in Cairns, one Dr Eddie Roos will give a speech about tattoo removal. There has been a 10 percent increase in the rise of laser surgery removal procedures in the past year, he says.
Some patterns are beginning to emerge among patients. (Apart from Bluebirds of Happiness and skulls.)
“Most people are young, they feel they’ve got a rite of passage, they’ve got the love of their life and they tattoo the name on themselves,” he told AAP.
“The most common remark is, ‘I was young and stupid, I had the tattoo done and now I regret it’.
“Whether it’s just some Chinese letters on their body, or some other symbol, and we remove quite a few Southern Crosses as well.
“We do a fair bit of removing names and words that have been spelled wrong.”
Dr Roos said most patients are females between the age of 20-30, but older patients were not uncommon.
He said improving technology meant around 85 per cent of tattoos could be completely removed without scars.
But Dr Roos said tattoo removal is still an uncomfortable procedure.
“It’s much more painful to get a tattoo removed than to apply it,” he said.
“It also takes a lot longer to remove it, even though the treatment with the newer lasers is fairly quick.”
He said most tattoos required between five and 12 treatments to be removed, at a cost of up to $300 per treatment.
(The Cosmetex Conference will run in Cairns until tomorrow May 4.)
DIANA ARSANA wrote about her horror of tattoos in The Hoopla last year…
My daughter had been begging for a tattoo for at least two years.
Her then boyfriend was covered in them – and they even made a trip to Las Vegas so that he could get one from a renowned tattooist there.
All my protestations that she’d live to regret it, that it would ruin her beauty, that it was a passing fashion had no effect.
She kept begging. And I kept saying no.
Angelina Jolie… well known for her love of tattoos.
The only lasting threat I could think of was that I would kick her out of the house if she got one. Now 20, she was in her third year of university, and despite a part-time job would find living away from home not quite up to her standards.
It didn’t help that her father (my ex) also went to Las Vegas and got one – a spider on his neck. Wasn’t that a particularly attractive addition to his rugged good looks?
No, she was determined. Even after she eventually split up with her boyfriend, she believed it was a cool thing to ink her body.
What is it about tattoos that is so cool? I don’t get it.
Really the only people who look good with them are Maori, Samoans – those who wear them for cultural reasons – and maybe sailors.
But there’s many reasons these days why it’s so popular – from getting noticed, to a badge of honour, from identifying with a group to a sign of social rejection.
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