Then, last year, Dr. Freehling learned about a new type of laser that delivers energy in bursts that are shorter in duration than those of older lasers. While traditional lasers rely on heat, these lasers shatter tattoos into tiny particles that the body can eliminate.
Dr. Freehling is now performing tattoo removal in her practice, entering a market that has been on the rise. A 2012 Harris Interactive Poll found that 21% of adults in the United States have a tattoo, up 7% from four years earlier. The same poll found that 14% of people with tattoos regret having received one.