If you follow the lives of celebrities at all, you may have noticed that it is very common for them to get tattoos of various types. They are not shy about flaunting those tattoos—and equally open should they decide to get rid of them. A lot of celebrities, as many people do, choose to tattoo their partner’s names or initials, then decide to have them removed if the publicized relationship ends. Unlike many other cosmetic treatments, tattoo removal is often a procedure celebrities are open about sharing—some taking the publicity of the event to amazing levels. Here are a few examples of stars’ attempts at undoing the past.
Victoria Beckham’s Romantic Ink
Victoria Beckham appears to be currently undergoing some tattoo removal for the Hebrew words on the back of her neck that match the ones on her husband, David Beckham’s, arms. Celebrities get their tattoos removed for all kinds of reasons, just like everyone else who wants their ink to disappear. Beckham hasn’t commented on her tattoo removal, so there’s no way to be sure as to what her motivations are, but in many cases, people get their tattoos removed because they are not as meaningful in their lives as they once were. Naturally, the tabloids use these kinds of stories as an excuse to speculate on stars’ relationships or other plans, but there’s no reason to believe that having a tattoo removed indicates an overall change in life for the person undergoing treatment.
Khloe Kardashian’s Extreme Openness
Most stars don not try to hide their tattoo removal plans, but Khloe Kardashian has taken this to the other extreme and actually put up a live stream of her third tattoo removal session for the lower back tattoo homage to her father. Kardashian’s live stream is interesting, as it not only gives a picture of the process as a whole, but displays the comfort reality stars have with broadcasting every aspect of their lives.
A Different Technique—Angelina’s Cover-up
While the tattoo removal process is quite safe and effective, another option is simply covering up the old tattoos with ink that is more meaningful. Angelina Jolie covered up tattoos related to her former marriage to Billy Bob Thornton with her children’s birth coordinates—an option that may make the tattoos more difficult to remove in the future, but then again, she will probably not want to remove those new tattoos anyway. There are a number of options for altering body art, and each person must decide what is right for them.
Laser tattoo removal is very straightforward, and each session is brief—usually lasting until 10 minutes per session, depending on the tattoo. A topical numbing cream can be used to make the treatment more comfortable, as many patients describe the sensation as similar to flecks of hot grease or snaps from a rubber band. A special laser is then used to target and break up the unwanted pigment of the tattoo. Following each treatment, the skin will look sunburned for several days, and will need to be protected from the sun for several weeks.
Gradually, the body absorbs the pigment, and the tattoo will start to fade. The removal process involves several sessions, spaced a few months apart. The number of sessions required for good results depends on the tattoo size, complexity, and color, among other factors.
Who Should Perform Tattoo Removal?
You can bet that celebrities do not settle when it comes to choosing a tattoo removal provider—and neither should you. The regulations on tattoo removal technicians are lax in many states, which can make the procedure unsafe or ineffective when performed by an unskilled or untrained provider who is technically doing nothing illegal. The safest choice is to go to a board certified plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in tattoo removal.
Dr. Stuart Bentkover has over 25 years of experience in cosmetic surgery, and has decades of experience using cosmetic lasers. Dr. Bentkover is a tattoo removal expert, with a history of successful outcomes and safe procedures. If you would like to discuss your needs for tattoo removal with Dr. Bentkover, call New England Tattoo Removal in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (508-363-6500), MA to schedule a consultation today.