Over recent times the growth in people having tattoos has increased year on year and it is estimated that at least 20% of adults in the UK now have one of more tattoo's increasing to 33% for young adults. The office of national statistics current records show that there are 50.19million people over the age of 19 years in the UK meaning over a 10 million adults in the UK now have tattoos and its estimate that this number is likely to continue rising until it reaches a fashion turning point in 2025.

At the beginning of the 20th century the tattoos were solidly associated to the working classes, sailors and soldiers until towards the end of the 20th century when pop stars and celebrities introduced the masses to the fashion tattoo. Back in 1999 David Beckham proudly showed off his very first tattoo on his lower back celebrating the birth of his son Brooklynn and since then has gone along to have many more tattoos all over his body.  Add to this celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Cheryl Cole, Amy Winehouse etc then its easy to understand why, of those who have tattoos, approximately 50% have their 1st tattoo under the age of 21, following their idles into the world of the fashion tattoo.

The problem with fashions is they come and go. In the noughties the fashion was for Celtic and Tribal tattoos, with many women particularly having tattoos on their lower back. Now more commonly called the ‘tramp stamp' many of these women are now looking to have these removed, whilst other are looking to cover them up with more current colourful and fashionable designed tattoos. A ‘biggy' of current fashion designs is the sleeve tattoo which having started predominantly with men has now moved over to the female market also and shall not be so easy to cover with a cover-up tattoo in years to come.

As fashions change and we all become older the impetuous and rebellious natures of our youths often result in regret in regards to the tattoos we had at this time.  A Yougov poll recently showed that at least 7 million people in the UK already regret their tattoos and with the ever increasing amount of people having tattoos then this figure looks set to further increase into the future. This has not gone unnoticed within the market place, with many now looking to tapping into the world of laser and alternate methods of tattoo removal.

The deregulation of ‘laser treatments for ' in 2010 allowed non doctor/nurse providers to begin to offer cosmetic only laser treatments. As these treatments included ‘Laser tattoo removal' it rapidly allowed for those, with the correct training, within the tattoo/beauty clinic environment to enter the market and ever since then laser tattoo removal services are now being seen more and more often on our high streets.

Redeem Clinic who's head offices are in Welton, East Yorkshire were one of these companies that established itself in 2010 and since this date has carried out literally 1000's of successful tattoo removal treatments. Initially establishing themselves as an alternate ‘tattoo removal' service the company only offered the non laser ‘Rejuvi' method of tattoo removal, yet having seen the deregulation of the laser market they quickly chose to exploit the opportunity by introducing a ND yag laser tattoo remove machine to their repertoire.

ND yag lasers at the time were seen as the backbone of the laser tattoo removal industry. Capable of competently being able to remove, Blacks, Dark Blues, Reds and Brown tattoo inks it is estimated that over 90% of laser tattoo removal clinic choose to only use a ND yag in relation to their laser tattoo removal services.

At first Redeem clinic were very satisfied with the results their clients were seeing in relation to their ND yag laser tattoo removal services, however they soon appreciate the laser has its limitation with regards to the colour of tattoos it could remove. A very high proportion of the clients they were seeing had green, turquoise or light blue pigments within their tattoos and as ND Yag lasers are incapable of removing these colours, some clients were becoming disappointed that they could not have their tattoos removed in their entirety.  Researching the matter, Redeem clinic found that alternative lasers were available that could remove these colours, namely Alexandrite and Ruby lasers.

Always seeking out the best, Redeem Clinic understood that the Ruby laser was reported to be the most competent of the two at removing the additional green, turquoise or light blue pigments. Having decided on purchasing a Ruby laser the clinic soon discovered why the vast majority of laser clinics in the UK didn't own a Ruby laser tattoo, namely due to the cost.

With new Ruby lasers prices starting from £32k upwards to £80k, many clinics were unable to see investment on return for such a purchase. This said the company saw an opportunity in the market and decided to go for it. Being only one of a handful of businesses to own both a Ruby and an ND yag laser in the UK, the company experienced an immediate higher client uptake and subsequent increase of revenues.

This set Redeem Clinic  thinking about the possibility of becoming the most comprehensive tattoo removal clinic in the Yorkshire region, if not within the UK. This month the company believe they may well have achieved this accolade with the introduction of yet another leading edge tattoo removal laser - the Picosecond laser.

The Picosecond laser as the name implies, fractures tattoo pigment within a Picosecond where as other lasers such as ND Yag and Ruby, fracture pigment in Nanoseconds. A Picosecond is 1012th of a second whilst a nanosecond is 109th of a second. This results in a ten times quicker shattering of ink by a Picosecond laser, whilst also having the benefit of causing less trauma to the treated area. Added to this the Redeem Picosecond laser  is capable of also removing Blacks, Dark Blues, Reds, Browns, green, turquoise, light blue pigments or a combination of these colours.

Laura Cherrington Founder and Owner from Redeem Clinic says, ‘To our knowledge we know of no other clinic within the entire UK that offers all four forms of tattoo removal, namely Rejuvi, ND yag laser, Ruby laser and Picosecond laser and  truly believe we could be labelled as the ‘Most comprehensive tattoo removal clinic in the UK' and the beauty is it's all here in Yorkshire. Within the next month we're looking to expand these services into our Leeds clinic also, in order to be able to offer people throughout the whole of the Yorkshire region, our fully comprehensive tattoo removal services and build on what has already been seven incredible years of business for us'.