HOUSTON – There was a time when getting a tattoo was a lifelong decision, but not anymore.
With just a few blasts from a powerful laser that once-permanent ink slowly starts to disappear. Heather Kfoury got a tattoo on her arm when she was in her 20s, but now?
“In my 30s, it’s just not part of me anymore, and why live with something when you don’t have to,” she said.
That’s why she came to Dr. Tattoff, a growing chain of tattoo removal clinics that give people a second chance when they have second thoughts.
“It’s good to know those options are available to you,” she said.
“It’s great when you’re 16, and you rule the world and you don’t care what people think of you, and you’re convince that no one judges you by how you look, and that’s not the truth,” Pam Lumpkins said.
Lumpkins should know; she has five tattoos.
“I hate every one of them, because you know I’ve grown as a different person,” she said.
There are a few things to remember about having a tattoo removed. Removing a tattoo can take anywhere from five to 15 treatments, and then there’s the pain.
“It feels like I’m cooking bacon and all the hot grease is hopping out of the pan and onto my skin, but you don’t get the great of eating bacon after,” Kfoury said.
Operation Ink-off will be held at the Dr. Tattoff clinic in the Galleria this Sunday and in Sugar Land on Monday.
After a consultation, the first removal session is free, but only for tattoos up to 10 inches in size.
By the way, the most commonly removed tattoo? The name of ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend.
More information on Operation Ink-off:
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
5385 Westheimer Road
Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1935 Lakeside Plaza Dr.