If you’re looking into tattoo removal, you are not alone. In the last 10 years, revenue for tattoo removal has spiked 440 percent to around $75.5 million. The trend is continuing and is expected to surpass $83 billion in 2018. The funny thing is that this is step-in-step with the tattoo industry. Turns out, for every loved tattoo there is one that needs to go.

About 20 percent of Americans have at least one tattoo, which may explain how there were nearly 100,000 tattoo-removal procedures performed in 2014, up more than 50 percent from 2013. People of all walks of life get tattoos and also get tattoos removed. However, the majority of the market is made up of people in their 30s and 40s. This makes sense, as people at that age have likely had tattoos for a couple decades and are ready to move on.

A lot of changes after your 20s – relationships end, tastes change, and we become different people. A British survey revealed that more than a third of people with tattoos start to regret them around the 14-year mark.

The uptick in tattoos can be attributed to a relaxing social standard. More tattoos, of course, lead to more removals, but the popularity of tattoo removal is also due to development in technology. The service has become a lot safer, less painful, and more readily available in recent years.

Some find their solution in covering up tattoos with a different tattoo. That can be a viable option for people that still want a tattoo in that place (versus do not want a tattoo on that spot at all due to work, visibility, or any other reason), or want to cover up something small and not too dark. On the other hand, all tattoos can be removed.

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