Tattoo Removal Made Easy
“Changing Regrets into Experiences and Renewing Images One Treatment at a Time”
The popularity of tattoo removal has increased dramatically with Hoosiers over the past few years for lots of different reasons. Many people regret the impulse tattoo that was added over a weekend or during a memorable spring break. Others seek out tattoo removal for job requirements, enlistment in the military or a change in lifestyle or relationships.
In the first year of business, owners of Skin Renew Laser Tattoo Removal Stacey Blanton and Vicki Reasner have helped over 200 people wanting to change their art and therefore get their original art lightened or to have it removed completely. “There was a time and a reason for getting a tattoo and for many people there is a time and reason to take it off,” said Blanton.
Their mature and professional laser technicians are certified to remove ink and also place a huge emphasis on educating the client to provide the most personal and caring customer service. They meet each client to discuss the process of laser tattoo removal, set expectations and comfort the clients that have emotional connections to their tattoos.
Tattoo removal for employment and other career opportunities is becoming very common. An estimated 40% of the clients at Skin Renew fall under this umbrella Blanton estimated. “One of our clients is entering the police academy and wants a large spider web tattoo removed from his leg. Another client is applying for a promotion to management in the fast-food industry and needs to have a heart tattoo removed from the side of her neck. A third client is a registered nurse that lost a position in the neonatal-intensive care unit at a local hospital because of a small tattoo on her wrist, she added. “Employers have more selection in hiring due to fewer jobs and visible tattoos can limit an individuals’ opportunity.”
Lifestyle changes also lead many clients to us as well. Often the tattoo art is outdated or faded or no longer relevant to whom the person is currently. Peoples’ interests, hobbies, and self-image evolve. Often times they want to get rid of the past or make a change for the future.
“I am a typical client,” she said. “I had a floral tattoo placed on my body years ago. Now at age 40, a professional and a new mom, I thought this thing had got to go!” Her desire to remove the tattoo also led her to fulfilling a life-long goal of owning her own small business. She, along with co-owner Vicki Reasner and technician and esthetician Colleen McCauley did extensive research. They visited companies in Colorado and Texas and spoke with many other in the industry to find the best laser system. Blanton used her own tattoo as a means to interview the laser companies as the patient.
“If I was going to invest in a laser and use it on our clients it had to be one that I would be confident to use on myself.”
In preparing to open Skin Renew Laser Tattoo Removal in August of 2013, both technicians were certified at the National Laser Institute in Arizona and Stacey was the first client.
Two of the biggest myths that surround tattoo removal, she said, are that the process is extremely painful and very expensive. By using a chiller on the area prior to treatment the client can be kept very comfortable. The average price per treatment is approximately $125. The price, the number of required sessions and the time between sessions vary depending on the size and colors of the tattoo. A small black tattoo may only take 2-3 sessions whereas a larger tattoo with lots of colors may take 8 to 10 treatments. Every person is a little different and the process is affected by ones’ health.
The process of removing any tattoo with laser technology is a matter of firing the laser into the inked area and shattering the ink into particles that are then identified and absorbed by the bodies’ natural immune system. The tiny particles are processed through the lymphatic system and discarded through body waste. Different wavelengths of the laser detect and identify different colors of ink (black ink is the easiest to remove).
During the initial and free consultation, the technician determines if the client is a good candidate for tattoo removal based on a number of factors such as skin type, age of the tattoo and overall health.
With a licensed esthetician on staff, Skin Renew also offers a variety of other skincare services such as laser facials, microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
The company prides itself on giving back to the community by partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and removing radiation tattoo markers for no charge. They also give deep discounts to clients that are removing teardrop tattoos or gang tattoos. Both Blanton and Reasner started their business with the understanding that this would not only be a job for them but a ministry and a way to give back and serve others in the community.
For additional information, visit indyskinrenew.com or call the office at 317-848-7546.