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Tattoos you want to lose

Source: Dr. Michael Sinclair Source: Dr. Michael Sinclair

LOXAHATCHEE, FL (WFLX) - For some, getting a tattoo seemed like a great idea at the time. But now, they're finding having a tattoo doesn't look so good.

For those people there's some good news. The tattoo removing technology has improved so dramatically, some can be removed in one day!

The old form of tattoo removal used to leave a mark. But today it can be done without a sign of a tattoo.

Take the case of Kim Emmons: She's 37, married with two children. She got her tatoo at 18. "I raised dogs, Rottweilers, so I thought it would be a great idea to get a Rottweiler tattooed on my back. Over the years, you get older and smarter, and you get the comments, 'Why do you have a dog on your back?'"

Her husband didn't mind the homage to her favorite breed, but Kim started to feel uncomfortable and self-conscious about it after they met. She even wore sleeves on her wedding day to cover it up. "I was going wedding dress shopping, and I didn't want to wear a sleeveless dress because I didn't want my family to see it," she said.

Dr. Michael Sinclair finally removed Kim's tattoo using a combination of lasers. "It really depends on how much ink is in there. I've done some tattoos, done by amateurs, which I can remove in just one to two treatments," he said.

Catch that? Just one to two treatments for some tattoos.

Kim's Rottweiler tattoo, inked by a professional, was gone after a year of treatments. But Kim took significant time off from treatments because she had a baby in that same year.  

Bottom line: The gold standard used to be using just one laser, and that tended to cause a lot of scar tissue build up. 

But Kim's shoulder is smooth with hardly any scar tissue. 

As for the cost? "It really depends on the size of the tattoo. Probably the least expensive one I do is about $100, and we've some that are huge that go from your hip to your shoulder to your earlobe. Those can run between $500 and $1,000 per treatment. But most of the time, it's a few hundred dollars per treatment," he said.

Obviously, better technology means fewer treatments which means fewer dollars spent.

To Kim, it's worth every dime. "I almost forget I even had it now unless I look at old pictures, and I say, 'Oh my gosh, what a difference!'"

Now, this does hurt a little.

Tattoos on lighter skin tones are removed quicker as well as darker inks.

Tattoos that have been covered up or changed with even more ink are the toughest to come off.

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