03.Tattoo regret: the stats
Ada's inked fingers after undergoing
one session (top)
and after five (bottom).
When you consider the following statistics, it's no wonder business is booming for start-up tattoo removers – there's no shortage of potential customers!
- 22% of Australian men and 29% of women aged 20 to 29 have at least one tattoo.1
- 34% of Australians who have a tattoo regret getting it, and one in seven of this group are considering removal.2
- 22% of US students had a tattoo at the time of a 2007 US study, and 28% of them regretted getting it within a year. Half the study subjects ended up getting their tattoos removed as adults.3
- 47% of tattoos require up to 10 sessions to successfully remove with a Q-switched laser.4
- 26% require more than 15 sessions.4
- Your response to the Q-switched laser removal process will be reduced if you smoke, have tattoo colours other than black and red, have a tattoo larger than 30 square centimetres, or have a tattoo on your feet or legs more than three years old.4
1 Australian National Health and Medical Research Council study published in 2012.
2 Sydney-based McCrindle Research study published in 2013.
3 Journal of Adolescent Health (US).
4 Journal of the American Medical Association.