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Dec162009

Laser Clinic Tatoo Removal

One of Medical Spa MDs eaders sent me this story on job hunters going to tatoo removal laser clinics in an effort to make them more employable.

The multi-billion dollar business of tattoo removal is enjoying some recession-proof growth — with one LA-based clinic even planning on going public next year to help fund a national expansion plan.

“More than 40 million people have tattoos and about seven million, or 17 percent, are in the process of figuring out how to get rid of them,” said John Keefe, the CEO of Dr. Tatoff, a California tattoo removal clinic, who hopes to use the proceeds from a 2010 initial public offering to grow to a 10-location chain.

“More than 66 percent of those tattooed are between the ages of 25 and 45 and what was cool to them at 18 is an eyesore now that they are a mother with kids,” says Keefe. The executive said revenue per client is about $1,600 — which comes out to $40 per square inch, per laser treatment  with an average of 10 treatments required. The average tattoo is four square inches, he said.

It costs 10 times more to remove a tattoo than to put one on and it takes one year for safe and effective removal,” says Keefe.

The national market is currently fragmented, with dermatologists operating on a one-off basis and usually not dedicating their entire practice to tattoos removal.

The growing unemployment rate is also helping the company ink new business as job hunters feel the need to be competitive. Of course, many look to get rid of their tattoos because of personal taste — they may have simply fallen out of love with their tattoos or out of love with the name of the person indelibly inked on their arm.

I personaly never saw the attraction of getting into laser tatoo removal, but our patient population wasn't really inked-up either.

Is anyome meeting with real success with their tatoo laser removal services? Is tatoo removal cost effective? Is it dependant upon a certain inked demographic? What cosmetic lasers are being used to remove tatoos?

Reader Comments (10)

We're using Q-switched Nd:YAG Lasers for tattoo removal with excellent results. The problem, as the CEO of Dr Tattoff stated, is that it takes such a long time and that puts off many potential patients. The level of pain and the fact that the patient has to keep the "wound" wet and bandaged doesn't help either. It is just very time consuming and painful for many people to see the value in such a high price, that unless they want to get rid of a tattoo that is visible to everyone, they decide to compromise and live with it.

12.16 | Unregistered CommenterAris

Previously the most popular method of removal in the UK was laser treatment which breaks up the tattoo pigment in the skin, flushing the particles away through the immune system.

However, that was taking like several treatments and some complained the ink never completely fades.

But recently, a cream called Rejuvi can be injected into the skin in much the same way as the ink is injected into the top layers of the epidermis to create the tattoo. And this method is much more effective and safe.

Enhanceemt - are you affiliated with Rejuvi or are you a practitioner? Do you have personal experience with this treatment? if so how much?

12.20 | Unregistered CommenterTopher

Ta2Eraser Advance Q-Switched Alexandrite try it

01.12 | Unregistered CommenterLHC

Does anybody elso have experience withthis Rejuvi injectable tatoo removal treatment?? I would like to start removing tatoos but i would like the safest, least painful, effective way. Lasers people all say ....no nothing else wil do?? Hmm?

I have a medlite c6 and the year of service is ending soon. They quoted me 9k for a yearly contract. The medlite has been fine so far do most of you have the extended contract? I was thinking of finding a laser service center and use them. I think it will be less than 9k /year. any opinions appreciated

01.24 | Unregistered Commenterglenn m

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04.14 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Do IPL treatments remove tattoos? What is the success rate? I have an awful tattoo on my arm that I want to erase. Talk about raging hormones during my teenage years. Looks very unprofessional especially on corporate events-now I always have to cover my arms!

03.8 | Unregistered Commenterheo

IPL is not the right technology for tattoo removal.

03.9 | Unregistered CommenterCanMD

Our practice uses a Lutronic Q switch YAG laser and gets really great results with it.

02.21 | Unregistered Commenterlizzy

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