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Another celebrity with a goofed up tattoo? Rihanna recently joined the list of stars to sport a tattoo with a typo, grammatical error, or completely different meaning.

The songstress’ latest tattoo reads ‘rebelle fleur’, which should translate to ‘rebel flower’ in French. The only problem is that, in French, adjectives typically come after the nouns they modify. In other words, ’fleur rebelle’ is the grammatically correct version of the phrase tattooed on her neck.

Rihanna isn’t alone. Britney Spears infamously had a Chinese character tattooed on her that was supposed to mean ‘mysterious’, however, it actually meant ‘strange’. Actress Hayden Panettiere has ‘Vivere senza rimipianti’ tattooed down her side, which translates into ‘live without regrets’. Somehow, an extra ‘i’ was slipped into the phrase…the correct spelling is ‘rimpianti’.

If bad tattoos can happen to celebrities, they can most definitely happen to the average person. The next time your favorite neighborhood tattoo parlor spells ‘mom’ wrong, rest-assured that you won’t have to live with that typo for the rest of your life. Laser tattoo removal makes it easy to get rid of those little mistakes.

The most common type of laser used for tattoo removal is called Q-switching, although the skin’s pigment may dictate a more suitable option. Lasers work by producing intense light that is projected into the skin. The light is absorbed by the tattoo pigment, which then fragments into smaller particles and is flushed out by the body’s immune system.

Lasers work by producing short pulses (billionth of a second) of intense light that pass through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by the tattoo pigment. This laser energy causes the tattoo pigment to fragment into smaller particles that are then removed by the body’s immune system. Different tattoo colors require various wavelengths.

Following a laser treatment, skin may be red with pinpoint bleeding or blistering at the treatment sight. Initial lightening of the tattoo can be seen approximately two weeks following treatment and will continue for four to six weeks. Multiple laser tattoo removal sessions are usually required and the number of sessions depends on the tattoo color, size and depth. Treatments are generally performed in six-week intervals.

If you are a New Jersey resident that is considering laser tattoo removal, it is important that you seek out a qualified doctor to perform your procedure. New Jersey laws states that only a licensed physician can perform laser treatments. At the Reflections Center for Skin and Body in New Jersey, we have a plethora of lasers and fully-trained staff of physicians to accommodate your tattoo removal needs.