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Tattoo Removal: The Stats Are Surprising

If you have a tattoo or know someone with a tattoo, do you/they regret it? Dr. Tattoff, Inc., a California-based company, hopes that's the case, as it hopes to make its tattoo-removal services available nationwide. With tattoos more popular than ever, it looks like it has quite the potential clientele.

Interestingly enough, 85 percent of the company's customers are women aged 18 to 44. "Tattoos are becoming more common in the workplace and in society," chief executive John Keefe told the Los Angeles Times. "My suspicion is that along with that, the tattoo regret factor will only grow as people get older," he added. Find out more stats when you read more.

  • According to a Harris Poll, 14 percent of Americans have tattoos, with one-third of them belonging to the 25 to 29 age group.
  • Of that segment, 16 percent say they regret them. That accounts for an astonishing seven million people.
  • Around two times a week, Dr. Tatoff, Inc. treats young, recently tattooed people brought in by their unhappy parents for tattoo removal services.
  • Tattoo removal is a painful process, requiring several treatments to be effective. Plus, tattoos with multiple colors are the hardest to get rid of.
  • Removal is expensive, costing about $750 to $1,500, which is around five to 10 times the cost of the actual tattoo.
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LaurenRBear LaurenRBear 7 years
I'm in the process of having mine removed at the Dr. Tattoff Beverly Hills location. It hurts like a SOB but I'm more than happy to get rid of tacky ink. I only had one tattoo but I'd never ever get one again. Mine was well done and at the time was important, but people change and my opinions on tattoos has changed. It does cost way more to get it removed, my tattoo was $120, and removal is about $700. Plus having to drive to appointments and go through the hassle of taking care of it after treatments every 6 months.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
I have one. It's large, and somewhat private (read: It's easily covered-up with regular clothing. In fact, most people don't know I have a tattoo until years later). I've had my tattoo for almost 20 years, and I still like it. Because it's covered most of the time, the ink still looks bright and fresh.
PirateKitty PirateKitty 8 years
I think it takes a certain personality type to get tattoos. If you are someone who has frequent regrets or changes their mind a lot in general i would advise against getting one. Laser removal often looks worse than the offending tattoo. I love all my tattoos, even if i grow out of them i love that they are part of who I am or was.... though i am smart enough to never get peoples names or languages i can't read haha
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Ha, my friend said the minimum age for tats should be forty. She said that by the time one gets sick of it/ regets it, their life is just about over anyhow :P I was really considering an M-Dot Ironman tatoo after my race, but (1) I'm terrified of needles, (2) I'm a lawyer, and juries don't normally dig tats, and (3) I'm afraid I would regret it. I'm not anti-tat for people --- I just hope that A LOT of thought goes into each one !
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I got all three of mine removed. At the time (this was before the economy died) money wasn't much of an issue and I wanted to restart my life. 2/3 just faded to what is mistaken as a birthmark (they were just simple designs to begin with) and the last (the one I hated the most) is completely gone. I do not regret getting my tattoos. It was just fun while it lasted. In the future, I do plan on getting another tattoo, but this one would be more thought out and not just something off the wall.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
Twilighter tattooers take note!
EvieJ EvieJ 8 years
I got my first tattoo at 19, my 2nd at 20 and my 3rd at 23. Now at 37, I so regret all 3 of them and have for about 7 years. My nephew's girlfriend is 18 and is getting one, and I keep telling her that it doesn't matter that it's hearts and flowers, it's still something she might regret in 10 or so years, that just because all her friends have them, doesn't mean they will always want them.
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
i was once told to really think about a tattoo for 6 months...if after 6 months, you still want it, then get it. around 14 or 15, i had an idea of what i wanted...still wanted it at 19. still love it.
Vsugar Vsugar 8 years
I have one and am scheduled to get another soon, and I have no intention of ever getting rid of them. They are totally personal to me, they really mean something, and they adorn my body in a way that will not grow unflattering as the years pass.I would love to know how many of the tattoos they remove every year are names (a la "billy bob") of ex-lovers, movie star crushes, etc. Like, I totally swoon over Bobby Pattinson, but I can GUARANTEE that if I got his face tattooed on my body, I'd want it off when approaching my 60's... People are dumb sometimes and make silly tattoo decisions. It's a good thing that the option to remove them is at least available.
dinghy dinghy 8 years
Hehehe. Thinking of a couple of recent, much commented articles here...
Florida-Snow Florida-Snow 8 years
Agreed with the anonymous comment, tattoos are not for me at all.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
this is exactly why people need to think hard before going out to get a tattoo instead of going out to get one just because. I have 5 right now that i have gotten over the course of the past 9 yrs and I love them all. When I'm ready for the next one I take as much time as needed to make sure it won't be something that I regret.
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