If you’ve been debating whether or not to get inked, you might want to consider this new trend. City doctors report a rise in tattoo removal procedures after the festive season.
“We receive several cases of tattoo removal after Diwali and Navratri. Since getting a tattoo done has become common during the festive season — especially among youngsters — a lot of them also choose to get them removed once the good times end,” says Dr Jaishree Manchanda, cosmetologist, Berkowits Skin and Health Clinic, Andheri (W).
Twenty-six-year old Vaijanti Patra had a tattoo on her forehead, which she had got done around six years ago. But post marriage, she decided to get it removed. “My husband didn’t approve. It was a one-and-a-half inch tattoo and took me around six to seven sittings for the treatment,” says Patra.
Doctors also reveal that since a lot of people tend to get inked on an impulse, they have to face repercussions later. “Several young girls and boys get tattoos of their boyfriends’/girlfriends’ names. And we frequently get cases where they want to remove these tattoos after a break-up or before they marry someone else,” says Dr Manchanda.
Dr Agarwal adds that dark-coloured tattoos are easier to remove, with the treatment showing 100 per cent results. “However, yellow, pink or red coloured-tattoos may pose some difficulty as they don’t respond well to laser. Thus, even after the removal procedure, one may find remnants,” she explains.