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Get it off!: Tattoo removal is a long process

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / crussell@staradvertiser.com

    Laser technician Raleigh Taufer, at top, targets the black ink on Brian Finley's tattooed back at Q Laser Center. It usually takes six to eight treatments to remove a tattoo, depending on the type of ink that was used, the concentration of the ink and the individual's ability to break it down. In a previous session, Finley had the Chinese lettering on his tattoo removed. Above, he checks the slowly disappearing tattoo on his arm, with the black outline gone.

  • COURTESY Q LASER
    This small tattoo on a woman’s leg took about five treatments over eight months to get it to a point where it’s barely perceptible.
  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL
    Finley checks the tattoo on his arm, where the black ink has been removed.

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