Tattoo regret can certainly have people of all ages looking to erase a permanent mistake.
There’s new technology being used in Connecticut that is making tattoo removal quick and easy.
Eyewitness News spoke to a woman who wanted to be called “Jane Smith,” who got her tattoo during an impulsive moment years ago while traveling with friends.
Now, years later, the nickname inked into her skin doesn’t hold the same meeting.
“It's just not a part of who I am any more. And it's in a precarious spot,” she said.
That’s where Dr. Barbara Padilla and the Enlighten Laser comes in.
In less than 10 minutes, Smith’s tattoo was almost gone.
The trick is the Enlighten Laser’s dual wave lengths. The longer wave length targets darker ink, while the shorter wave targets smaller particles and lighter ink.
“The beauty of this laser is that you get half the treatments versus the old laser available. So we can get rid of the tattoo in half the treatments,” Padilla said.
If you’re worried about the pain, the laser is compared to a rubber band snapping against your skin.
“It was a little uncomfortable, but getting the tattoo was far more uncomfortable,” Smith said.
Smith only has two more treatments until her once black mark is just memory.
Padilla said for a larger more colorful tattoo, it will take roughly six sessions to remove the tattoo completely.
She said “50 percent of our patients have names or initials that are no long relevant and need to not be in their lives anymore so just giving them a fresh start is great.”
Padilla is based out of Bloomfield. For more information, click here.
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