Laser tattoo removal: a lucrative business opportunity for aesthetic practitioners?

Personal, permanent and increasingly popular, tattoos are losing their taboo and becoming more acceptable and highly desirable amongst a growing demographic. An article published by the Telegraph this month estimates that 2025 will be the peak year for ink, an indication that the trend has yet to reach its peak. In 2015, according to Statista, 30% of all 25 – 39 year olds were sporting some sort of body art. However, with more tattoos comes a higher risk of regret, which is leading to an increase in demand for tattoo removals. Cheshire-based manufacturer of lasers for tattoo removal, Lynton, saw a 38% increase in sales in 2016.

Laser tattoo removal is the process of breaking down the tattoo ink, which is then absorbed into the bloodstream and passed through the body, using laser energy. This increase in demand for removal surgery is potentially a lucrative business opportunity for aesthetic practitioners. However it is still vital that all practitioners, regardless of the popularity of the practice, carry out a thorough consultation process with their clients; clarifying all aspects of the procedure.

Ensuring that the client has full knowledge of all that the procedures entails is vital to avoiding a potential claim.  Laser tattoo removal is an exceedingly painful process and involves a very long and uncomfortable recovery time. Explaining this to the patient and making sure they go into the surgery aware of all the potential risks and outcomes will be beneficial if a claim is made against you.

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