Tattoo & Pigmented
Tattooing is an art dating back at least five millennia. Since then, tattoos have served as markers of status and rank, symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, decorations for bravery, pledges of love, talismans, symbols of protection and as the mark of outcast, slave or convict. Today, people often choose to be tattooed to indicate their identification with certain groups as well as for religious reasons. Others view tattooing as a means of self-expression, and obtain tattoos to decorate their bodies or commemorate significant events in their lives. While tattoos had previously been limited to discrete designs, full-body art is now becoming common, wherein a person’s full arms, legs, back, chest, etc. are covered with elaborate images, many of which may be created exclusively for that client. Several reality television shows (Miami Ink, LA Ink) as well as a growing number of specialized lifestyle publications (Tattoo Collector Magazine, NW Tattoo Magazine, Prick Magazine, Inked, etc.), have further popularized the practice.
In North America, more than 50 million people are believed to have at least one tattoo. According to a Harris poll of tattoo trends in the U.S.: 16% of all adults in the U.S. have at least one tattoo;
The highest incidence of tattoos is among the gay, lesbian and bi-sexual population (31%), Americans ages 25 to 29 years (36%) and Americans 30 to 39 years (28%);
Those living in the West are more likely to have tattoos (20%);
Democrats are more likely to have tattoos (18%) than Republicans (14%) and Independents (12%);
Equal proportions of males (16%) and females (15%) have tattoos.
However, as lifestyles change, it’s not uncommon for individuals to wish to remove a tattoo. One physician who specializes in tattoo removal estimates that half of those who get tattoos later regret them. This has created a large and growing population of tattoo removal clients who are now seeking treatment for removal.
Pigmented lesions result from the presence of melanin in the skin. Cells beneath the skin produce melanin both naturally and in response to factors such as prolonged exposure to sun. A pigmented lesion is caused when the cells produce too much melanin in a localized region. Some lesions are present at birth, but most develop with exposure to the sun or with age. When the pigment is located in the epidermis, light brown spots occur, such as freckles, cafe-au-lait birthmarks and sun spots. When the pigment is found deeper in the skin, dark brown spots can result, such as Nevus of Ota or other moles.
Light-based systems that perform these procedures have been sold since the early 1990s. They are considered established, predictable treatments and have become the method of choice for removing tattoos and pigmented lesions. However, while older systems performed just tattoo and lesion removal, newer systems include this functionality with other capabilities such as hair and/or vascular lesion removal. Newer devices are also able to address darker, multi-colored and complex tattoos more efficiently, providing more thorough removal in a fewer number of sessions.
Cosmetic Laser Treatments
Cosmetic Laser Surgery is becoming a replacement for traditional cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic laser treatment centers are more common place and offer effective cost effective treatments for the consumer. Cosmetic Laser centers offer many different types of cosmetic lasers that that are in specific cosmetic treatments. Cosmetic laser treatments include; smartlipo, laser blepharoplasty, laser resurfacing, laser scar removal, laser breast reduction, laser breast reduction, laser hair removal, laser eye surgery, laser acne removal, laser tattoo removal, and laser stretch mark removal.
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