At some point in your life, you may have thought tattoos were cool. After all, ink is commonly seen on the toned arms of Hollywood stars and the rippling biceps of bikers. Why shouldn’t you decorate your skin with the name of your current love or the always classic “Mom” surrounded by a heart, even if you are just a regular human being?

The problem is that tattoos tend to fade with time in more ways than one. Not only can the coloring start to look lackluster years later, but your zeal for the artwork might also wane. Then there is the possibility that the artist messed up, leaving you with sloppy work or an embarrassing misspelling.

Additionally, going through a major life change could cause some individuals to lose enthusiasm for their ink. Showing off major tattoos may not seem ideal to many brides on their wedding day or job hunters hoping to look professional.

This was an issue faced by 30-year-old Sarah Parasiliti, a resident of Ortonville, Michigan, according to the Detroit Free Press. Back in 2004, she and her two older sisters decided to get matching bird tattoos to celebrate their strong bond. Seven years later, however, Parasiliti isn’t as excited about the artwork.

“I just grew out of it,” she told the news source, adding that she is planning to start nursing school in the fall and does not want to be judged negatively.

Recently, she began undergoing laser tattoo removal at a local medical spa to erase the ink from her arm. Her specialist managed to completely remove the artwork after a series of treatments.

The procedure is becoming increasingly common at cosmetic facilities across the U.S. as more and more people look to start over with a clean slate.

“We’ve never had more patient demand for this procedure,” said physician Jeffrey Orringer, who is based in Ann Arbor, quoted by the news source.

As many as 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 40 have at least one tattoo. Millions have sought laser tattoo removal, as the minimally invasive technique is fast, effective and less traumatic to the skin compared to previous methods. Patients undergo a number of treatments depending on the size of the tattoo, its location and how long it has been in place.

Choosing the right physician and medical spa can help guarantee that the laser tattoo removal process is safe and produces high-quality results.

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Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.

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