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SD Weight Loss Center Brings Advanced Laser Tattoo Removal and More to Spring Valley, CA featuring the Astanza … – PR Newswire (press release)08.02.17

“Since adding on the Astanza Trinity and ReVive, our client base has quickly doubled,” said SD Weight Loss Center management. “Our tattoo clients are seeing significant fading after their first session, even patients with stubborn blue and green inks. Other clients are noticing the amazing difference in their skin after receiving treatment from our ReVive. We couldn’t be happier with the results we’re delivering and are very excited to be the first clinic in Spring Valley to offer these technologies.”

The Astanza Trinity is a combination Q-switched Nd:YAG and Ruby laser that delivers three wavelengths 1064 nm, 532 nm, 694 nm for full-spectrum tattoo removal. It uses powerful pulse energies matched with ultra-quick pulse durations to deliver high peak power for better ink shattering and faster clearance.

The Astanza ReVive is a cutting-edge IPL (intense pulsed light) system that uses advanced fluorescence technology to deliver superior results across a wide variety of aesthetic treatments, including pigmented lesion removal, vascular lesion removal, skin rejuvenation, and hair removal.

“The friendly team at SD Weight Loss Center is creating a new standard for patient care,” said Bryce, Astanza regional sales manager. “They go above and beyond to help their clients achieve their goals of looking and feeling healthy and happy.”

About SD Weight Loss Center

SD Weight Loss Center is a clinic that specializes in treating patients affected by obesity and affiliated conditions. The clinic operates under the medical supervision of Dr. Michael Woo-Ming, a Mayo clinic trained physician and member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. SD Weight Loss Center also offers a variety of laser and IPL aesthetic treatments including tattoo removal, skin rejuvenation, acne treatment, and hair removal.

SD Weight Loss Center offers free consultations to new and existing clientele. For more information about their services, visit or call (619) 465-4982. Their clinic is located at 9735 Campo Road, Suite 270, Spring Valley, CA 91977.

About Astanza Laser

Astanza is a leading manufacturer of aesthetic lasers with a unique focus on the application of laser tattoo removal. In addition to developing cutting-edge medical laser devices such as the Duality, Eternity, ReVive, and Trinity systems. Astanza offers its customers a complete range of training, marketing, and business consulting services specific to achieving success in this growing field.

Astanza Laser is headquartered inDallas, TXwith customers throughoutNorth AmericaandEurope. For product, investor, or press information, call (800) 364-9010, or visit

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The PicoWay Laser Treatment is an Innovative Step Forward for Tattoo Removal According to Dr. F. Victor Rueckl – PR Web (press release)08.02.17

Tattoo Removal Now Offered by Lakes Dermatology

Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) August 02, 2017

Once considered an identifying feature of various cultural sub-groups, such as sailors and carnival workers, tattoos have now gone mainstream. The last decade has seen an explosion of individuals getting tattoos as well as a societal shift in how people with tattoos are viewed. Now it seems that every pro athlete is showcasing a great deal of ink, and even suburban soccer moms can be seen sporting a tattoo or two. This rise in tattoo popularity can be seen by the fact that there are over 21,000 tattoo parlors in the United States. (1) Of course, one can often regret a choice made when one was younger, which has led to an increased demand as well for tattoo removal. Many licensed dermatologists, such as Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology in Las Vegas, are thrilled with the new and innovative PicoWay laser treatment for removing unwanted tattoos.

It’s quite fascinating to see how popular tattoos have become. A total of 45 million Americans have at least one tattoo, and Americans spend $1.65 billion a year on getting tattoos. (2) Nearly half (47%) of Millennials have a tattoo, making them the largest sector of the population to do so, and there is virtually no difference of those of a particular political persuasion concerning having a tattoo. Overall, 27% of Republicans, 28% of Independents, and 29% of Democrats have ink adorning their bodies. (3) Experienced dermatologists, such as Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology, know that many people eventually come to regret having a tattoo. A recent poll showed that 23% of those with a tattoo regret getting it. (4) The most common complaint is that people thought that they were too young when they got the tattoo, which was followed by the belief that the tattoo doesn’t fit their current lifestyle or personality. Another interesting fact is that women are twice as likely than men to have their tattoos removed. (5)

Fortunately for those seeking to have tattoos removed, there is a new treatment option now available: PicoWay. This advanced treatment offers a better solution for removing tattoos than traditional laser treatments. Getting rid of a tattoo was always a chore that was often unable to be fully realized. A tattoo is hard to remove due to the fact that the ink is injected into the dermis, below the skin, which makes it harder to remove. Then there’s the fact that traditional laser treatments have difficulty in removing certain colors, such as red and yellow. Medical professionals, such as Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology in Las Vegas, have long used lasers to break down the ink particles into smaller sizes so that the body can then carry them away. The problem was that traditional laser treatments often left the remaining ink particles too big for the body to remove, thus leaving the remnants of the tattoo still visible.

However, PicoWay changes all of that. This advanced treatment is able to treat multi-colored tattoos on different skin types to tremendous effect. PicoWay uses a unique picosecond (one trillionth of a second) laser technology to target colors matching the specific laser wavelength. These ultra-short pulses break down the tattoo into very tiny particles, no matter their color or original ink particle size. The body then uses its normal processes to dispose of the ink particles. One aspect of the new PicoWay treatment that has dermatologists, such as Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology, happy is that this new treatment generates less heat energy than traditional laser treatments, which means that the patient experiences far less discomfort than they would have using older laser treatments. While patients will need to have multiple sessions to get rid of their tattoos via PicoWay, they should start to see results after the first treatment session.

Of the new PicoWay laser treatment system, Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology in Las Vegas says, “The new PicoWay treatment marks a tremendous leap forward in helping people get rid of unwanted tattoos. My clinic has recently installed the PicoWay laser device, and the patients I have treated with it are extremely happy with the results they have achieved thus far. Unlike older laser treatments, PicoWay works on all the colors found in tattoos and there is minimal discomfort due to the device’s generation of less heat. Plus, PicoWay works on all skin types, including dark skin, which older laser treatments had a great deal of trouble with. Patients should start to see an improvement after the first use of PicoWay, and an entire session only lasts twenty minutes at most, which means a patient could schedule an appointment during their lunch break and then go back to work. PicoWay is also an exceptional treatment option for pigmentation and skin irregularities, such as pigmented lesions. If you had trouble getting a tattoo dedicated to an ex-girlfriend removed, you can now make your current girlfriend happy as PicoWay can safely and comfortably get rid of that unwanted reminder of your romantic past.” (6)

Just like any popular trend, such as getting acid-washed jeans or having a mullet, there comes a time when people begin to regret getting a tattoo when they were younger. A sleeve of flaming skulls might not be the right fit for the corporate boardroom or a shift in military policy on tattoos may dictate the necessity of having some removed. Older laser treatments could help minimize the appearance of tattoos, but there were always issues with certain colors and larger ink particle sizes. The advanced PicoWay device offers experienced dermatologists, such as Dr. F. Victor Rueckl of Lakes Dermatology, a new way to comfortably and safely remove all types of tattoos from different skin types. PicoWay has been FDA-cleared and delivers proven results that can literally wipe away a mistake of one’s youth.

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What I Wish I Knew Before Starting Tattoo Removal – Glamour07.30.17

Are you the not-so-proud owner of some regrettable ink? Well, welcome to the club. I have four (five, if you count the one on my back as two) tattoos from my late teens and early twenties that I could probably definitely do without. So, this year I set out to do just that: get them removed.

If you’ve heard anything about laser removal, it’s probably that it’s insanely painful. I mean, if I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard, “Doesn’t that hurt even more than actually getting the tattoos?” I’d be rich. (OK, I would have enough money to buy a medium iced coffee at Pret.) But while there’s plenty of info on what to consider before getting a tattoo (and pages on pages of enticing inspo), there still isn’t a whole lot of discussion surrounding the dark side of ink jobs: What happens if you grow to no longer love that little shooting star or random Latin phrase (ahem, see below)? I’m only about halfway through the process, but I’ve picked up plenty of tips along the way. So to do you all a solid, I put together a list of everything I’ve learned.

Here’s what you need to know about tattoo removal.

Hi, that’s me. Just getting my tatts lasered off.

1. Consider a doctor. I’d previously had one tattoo zapped at a spa (I was living in small-town Canada where there weren’t plastic surgery offices or dermatologists), where an aesthetician used an outdated heat laser that ended up burning and scarring my skin. This time around, I’m having treatments done by Dr. John F. Adams at the New York Dermatology Group, where everything is done under medical supervision. I suggest you find your own doctor by asking friends, editors (shameless plug), and even by stopping people that you see with removal in processwhich, yes, I have done.

2. It will take monthsif not a year or more. Tattoos don’t just disappear after a once-over with the laser. (I wish!) I’ve had six sessions, and I’d wager that I need about five more, despite the fact that my initial estimate was six to eight sessions. It takes a long time to complete because each time the tattoo is lasered, particles are broken down and digested by the body’s immune system. The regeneration period is up to eight weeks, and the next time you go, the laser breaks down new particles of pigment. And so on and so forth.

3. It’s expensive. If you have your procedures done by a doctor, the bill for each visit can run you hundreds of dollars. Brace yourself: The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) estimates the average cost per session at $463. But see point number one for why it’s worth it.

4. All ink can be taken out. Contrary to the old belief that light, colored ink was hard to remove, Dr. Adams assured me that all hues will now disappear. (FYI: The previous explanation was that, similar to laser hair removal, the laser would solely be attracted toward dark colors, like black.) With PicoSure technology, he says you can even get out yellows and greens, which were previously the most stubborn.

5. Get ready for needles. Mentally prepare for visits to consist of more than just a quick and easy laser moment. Mine have been taking about 45 minutes because we take before photos, clean the areas, inject them with lidocaine for freezing, laser them, ice them, and then bandage them. Oh, and sometimes a weird thing happens where I taste metal when the laser hits my skin. Dr. Adams says it’s a sensation that some people experience when the lidocaine is hit by the laser and [that it] is totally normalbut also, I might be superhuman.

6. There’s pain afterward. And it doesn’t stop when you leave the office. I would advise that you budget for discomfort for about a week. For me, the sites blister and need to be covered in a salve and bandaged for a few days; then, they start to de-puff, scab, peel, and regenerate. There is good news though: The more treatments you have, the less aftercare there is. (Since there’s less ink reacting to the laser.)

7. You’ll need things like Aquaphor, bandages, and even clothes that don’t rest on the tattoo. Yes, I actually bought shirts that didn’t have material where my neck/back tattoo is. At first, I was cutting tags out, but when tagless cotton tees still made the spot hurt and itch, I figured keyhole backs were a good investment. If you have tattoos on your ribs or feet (and like to wear bras and shoes) it might be best to plan your sessions accordingly.

8. You could just lighten ink enough to go over it. If you don’t want to take your tattoos all the way off, you can simply lighten them enough to get some good cover-ups done. I have a friend who had a bird piece lightened enough to have a tattoo artist ink a light bulb over the top. I thought it was smart because it meant her new tattoo didn’t have to be heavy-handed (which I’m sure you think is very 2000).

9. Or take it all off, but there might be white patches or scars. If, like me, you want your ink completely removed, you should know that the skin that is left might not be flawless. I’m hoping that reading this post will prevent you from having a tattoo removal turn into scarring la numero uno. And while the risks are nowhere near as big when you are treated by a medical professional, your skin pigment can be lightened.

10. But there’s another laser that can fix that. We are living in 3017.

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Ink Out helps erase youths’ violent past – Mail Tribune07.30.17

By Tammy Asnicar for the Mail Tribune

Slowly, but surely, a laser is erasing the ink on Marquises forearm.

The cursive Music Motivated tattoo, he says, tells the story of past aspirations to be a famous gangsta rapper. Three musical notes and a flaming microphone characterize Mike the street persona he adopted as a member of the Bloods.

The 19-year-old is serving time at the Oregon Youth Authoritys Rogue Valley Correctional Facility in Grants Pass. He says he wore his tattoo like a badge of honor a merit badge of sorts earned by doing something for the gang.”

His doing something included attempted murder at age 16 after a gang turf war in Portlands north side erupted in gunfire.

Another 19-year-old offender, Danny, is eager to blot out his troubled past as a gang-banger.

He says his lifestyle caused too many problems for my family and put my mom in a situation she didnt want to be in.”

Its time for me to think about family, he says.

Thats why Danny endures the laser treatments removing the three-dotted tattoo on his wrist and the charcoal black 1 and 3 tattooed in the web between the thumb and index finger of both hands.

The 1 and 3 represent Sur 13, or the Surenos, a gang with roots in Southern California.

The three dots are code for mi vida loca, or my crazy life. Each dot symbolizes the probable fate of a gang member: jail, hospital or the grave.

During his nearly three years incarcerated at the Grants Pass correctional facility, Danny is considering his options. None of them include lying in a coffin anytime soon.

He doesnt divulge the crimes that sent him to the correctional facility, but the Surenos are often linked to the Mexican mafia, notorious for drug trafficking and gun violence.

Gang-bangin, Danny says, is something I dont want to do anymore.

Marquise and Danny are among the many ex-gang members who have enrolled in Ink Out, a tattoo removal program that has helped erase the past for more than 120 youths in Southern Oregon since its inception three years ago.

Ink Out operates under the auspices of Valley Immediate Care. The program provides eligible candidates an opportunity to receive free or low-cost laser tattoo removal.

Brent Kell, CEO of Valley Intermediate Care, says the program was the brainchild of Jay Tapp, the company’s director of business relationships.

In his work with at-risk youth and community gang prevention programs in California and Southern Oregon, Tapp saw many young adults try to hide their tattoos, either because they were ashamed or haunted by the nightmares associated with the past.

The tattoos often referenced hate, drugs, violence, gangs or other criminal activity. In some cases, the ink carried the name of an abusive ex-partner or branded a victim of sex trafficking.

The tattoos can become an anchor to a past life filled with violence and tragedy, Tapp says.

He says that many clearly want change, but simply cannot afford to have the tattoos removed which creates a vicious circle, especially if tattoos on the face, neck, arms or hands present barriers to gainful employment.

Tapp says the idea of offering laser tattoo removal for free began percolating after he heard horror stories of individuals trying to remove tattoos with Brillo pads or acid.

We hope (Ink Out) provides a way for people to be free from many of the negatives that come from visible tattoos, says Kell. We see many people gain a new perspective on life. By removing the tattoo, it takes away the need to hide.

One of the key agencies benefiting from Ink Out is the Oregon Youth Authority. The program is a perfect fit for the agencys mission to provide youth offenders with opportunities for reformation.

Its been a program that provides an invaluable service to youth who desire change, says Fes Lellis, the activity director and volunteer coordinator at the Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility. Its fantastic that they voluntarily decided to make this treatment available.

Marquise and Danny are among the 10 youths currently in the rotation for once-a-month transportation to Valley Immediate Care’s south Medford clinic. Both, Lellis says, have attained high level status due to the strides theyve made academically, behaviorally and in the facilitys vocational education program.

While he serves his time, Marquise is learning a trade. He works in the facilitys barbershop and plans to get his barbers license. Hed also like to go to college and maybe become an engineer.

If that doesnt work out, I can always cut hair, he says.

Danny is finishing up his credits and hopes to earn his high school diploma soon. He is also honing his skills as an artist. He works in the facilitys woodshop and has learned drafting, drawing and design. He would like to add glass-blowing to his resume. He also wants to go to college.

These are youth who want to change, but they had to earn the privilege to participate in Ink Out, Lellis explains.

In addition to earning the ride to the clinic, the youths have made a long-term commitment to a process that can take nine to 12 treatments.

It all depends on the depth, the shade, the colors and whether the tattoo was professionally applied.

I see a lot of terrible tattoos, says Danae Newton, the laser aesthetician for Ink Out. Most are not professional. Many were done at a friends house when one or the other was high on drugs or drunk.

Each session is about five minutes.

The process was recently enhanced with the addition of a state-of-the-art laser provided by Quanta, an international medical laser company. The new laser enables Newton to remove more ink colors.

The process is this: The pulse of the laser sends light energy into the skin. Different wavelengths treat different colors of ink. As the light energy is directed into the skin, it is selectively absorbed by the ink particles trapped in the dermis of the skin. When the particles absorb this energy, they instantly shatter into tiny fragments. Once the laser has broken the ink into smaller pieces, the body’s immune system works to remove the ink over the following weeks, flushing it away from the tattooed area. This results in the tattoo fading. Each additional laser treatment breaks down more and more ink until the tattoo is invisible.

The success of the tattoo removal relies on the bodys ability to eliminate ink from the skin and the individuals ability to endure pain.

Danny says its like scratching an open wound without stopping.

Marquise, with characteristic bravado, says, Its not too bad. Burns for maybe 10 minutes. By the time we get in the car and head back, its OK.

Its all part of denouncing the gang life.

My dad was around, but he never taught me to be a man, says Danny. I thought Id learn to be a man in the gang. But, it went a different way.

He hopes when he is done serving his time, he has an opportunity to mentor his younger brother.

I want to show him gang life is no way of life, he says.

Marquise tries to impress the younger teens that gang-bangin is stupid.

And, taking his own advice, he says: Its time for me to live an average life. Ive seen enough trouble and violence.

Ink Out continues to accept new candidates in the program. To find out if you or someone you know qualifies, call Jay Tapp at 541-734-9030, ext. 1538.

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Program offers free tattoo removal for former gang members – 10News07.30.17

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) — A new program is helping former gang members get jobs. The program doesn’t offer job training – it offers a reshaping of their appearance. A process that can sometimes, be painful.

The tattoos on Angelo Pamintuan’s face and hand were meant to be permanent.

“I felt like the man, I felt cool, I felt masculine,” the former gang member said. “I felt macho, I felt like I was tough.”

When asked if he ever thought he would want them removed, Pamintuan said, “At the time I didn’t see past that day. I was super myopic about it, short sighted, not thinking about consequences.”

Pamintuan was sentenced to 13 years in prison for assault. But after he got out early, his outlook on life changed.

“When I look in the mirror, I will go over this, remember, regret But also be thankful for what it’s brought me to now,” he said.

Decisions that brought him to Doctor James Schultz.

With a grant secured by Supervisor Bill Horn, the doctor is performing free tattoo removal procedures for ex-gang members.

10Newsreporter Matt Boone was with Pamintuan on his first visit. After the procedure, the tattoo above his eyebrow was visibly lighter, though a bit swollen.

“I was trying to represent something in the past with it,” he said. “And I’m trying to represent something now by getting it removed. That’s about progress, rehabilitation, and redemption.”

He’ll have to go back six more times to have his tattoos fully removed. Even with the tattoos gone, he says, that part of him will never be erased.

“I don’t think progress can truly be made by totally eradicating your past,” he said. “If you can’t learn from your past, you can’t make real progress.”

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There’s Now a Patch That Can Remove Those Regrettable Tattoosand I Tried It On Myself – Reader’s Digest07.12.17

Courtesy Grace SpencerBack when I was young and dumb, I went through my quarter-life crisis early. As a junior in college, I realized I was on the brink of becoming a responsible adult. And the idea terrified me. So when my best friend and her mom (a long story) suggested we get tattoos, I eagerly agreed.

I wanted a tattoo as a lifelong reminder that, at that point in my life, I was a fearless rule breaker and the tat would serve as visual proof.

While I now regret my tattoo, I did two smart things when I got inked: 1) I got it near my hip bone in a spot that never sees the light of dayeven at the beach, the full-coverage bikinis that I favor cover it. 2) I decided on a globe, because I figured the world would always be something I love. I was right on that count.

For the first 10 or so years I had it, I loved it. In college, it marked me as the badass I hoped it would. It gave me an excuse to coquettishly unzip my pants and show it off, which was risqu, sure, but stopped well short of full on nudity.

Along the way, the thrill wore off and it became a part of me. I didnt mind it, but I didnt really love it either. Because it was in a place that no one could see (besides myself and a boyfriend or two), I just didnt think about it that much.

Flash forward about 100 years and Im a married mom of two living in the suburbs with a dog, and two Volvos. Im now more of a responsible adult than my 20-year old self could have ever imagined, tattoo or no.

But its really those two kiddos who are my motivating factor for wanting to get my tattoo removed. Their little bodies are so gorgeously perfect, I would be devastated if they chose to mar them with permanent colored ink. I strive to set a positive example on all fronts, especially when it comes to how they treat their bodiesand that includes not getting a tattoo.

For a while, when either my son or daughter would point to it with wonder, I had been able to pass it off to as a birthmark. But recently my son told my brother-in-law that Mommy has a tattoo. The jig was up.

But there were still a few factors standing in my way from getting it removed. Namely, as a busy working mom, I barely have time to do the things I want to do (like get my hair cut) or need to do (like go to the dentist). I also have a laundry list of expenses and I was afraid of the pain.

Which explains why I was so intrigued when I first heard about the Describe PFD Patch for tattoo removal.

This silicone patch is infused with perfluorodecalin, an ingredient in skin moisturizers. The patch allows the dermatologist to make several passes with the laser that removes the tattooand nohaving to wait around a half-hour for your skin to calm down or, worse for me, require numerous office visits to finish the procedure. In clinical trials, patients said the removal process was less painful with the patch, and they healed faster with it. And 65 percent of tattoos that were treated with the patch disappeared faster than without it. Sign me up!

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I went to my regular dermatologist, Deanne Robinson, MD, at Connecticut Dermatology Group. She first numbed the area with several injections of lidocaine. The needle was super thin, so it was barely even a pinch. She then did a quick test with the Cynosure Pico Alex Laser to make sure I couldnt feel anything (I couldnt). She applied the patch, we both put on our protective goggles and she got started.

Courtesy Grace SpencerThe first pass with the laser took less than five minutes. She went from top to bottom and left to right. Before my appointment, my biggest concern was with how much pain I would experience, but I literally couldnt feel a thing.

When she was done with the first pass, she lifted the patch, showed me the progress, put it back down and started on the second pass. This is where the benefit of the patch comes in. Without it, you have to wait at least 20 minutes between passes.

Courtesy Grace SpencerAfter the second pass I was really excited by the reduction in color of the tattoo. It looked as if someone had taken a giant eraser and had a go at making it disappear.

When Dr. Robinson was done, she applied Neosporin and a bandage to keep the area safe from bacteria. All in all, from my front door to the doctors office for the treatment and back again, it took a grand total of 60 minutes.

A few hours later, it hurt a bitlike I had a mild sunburn. It was definitely more comfortable to be in sweatpants than a constricting pair of jeans. I reapplied Neosporin and stuck on a new bandage every night for the next three nights.

Courtesy Grace SpencerIve since had two more removal treatments with the Describe PFD Patch. And while I have to admit, I was hoping it would be done by now, (Im impatient) I am pleased with the progress. The takeaway: Think 10x before you even consider getting a tattoo! If you do want one but ultimately decide to remove it, ask your doctor about a tattoo removal patchits a time and money saver.

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VIDEO: Tattoo removal videos are strangely satisfying – Pickle07.12.17

If you’re stressed, can’t afford therapy and need a little something to take the edge off, we’ve got the stuff you need.

Usually we’d prescribe you a strong dose of remarkably satisfying pimple popping videos, but if you’re a little bit squeamish and, we don’t know, kind of hate pus that’s not going to help.

Thankfully, there’s a new cosmetic procedure you can binge watch as a form of mediation, and it doesn’t involve a single cyst.

Tattoo removal videos are fast becoming a thing, in a delightful combo between extreme blackhead removal and mesmerizingly efficient factory machines.

A bunch of tattoo removal accounts are popping up on YouTube, such as Dr Tattooff and GO! Tattoo Removal.

They’ve been around for a while now, but they’ve only just started getting the attention they deserve in recent months.

They’re essentially PR tools for specialised tattoo removal clinics, but the videos are so soothing to watch that we don’t really mind.

Like, these videos are kind of the equivalent to lighting a scented candle.

And it’s not just us who dig this stuff, with videos like these notching up tens of thousands of views with ease.

We’re not going to tell you how to live your life, but if you enjoy happiness and being calm we’re strongly suggesting you to get on this bandwagon.

Click though our video gallery to see more shining examples of cosmetic proceduressoothing a troubled soul.

Just a heads up, we have tacked some pimple poppers on the end there too.You’re welcome.

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This Tattoo Artist Proposed To His Girlfriend In The Riskiest Way Imaginable – HuffPost07.08.17

Tattoo and proposal are arguably two words that should never be linked. Luckily, this tattoo proposal has a very happy ending.

Last month, tattoo artist Vinny Capaldo-Smith got his girlfriend Brooke Wodark to ink her answer to his marriage proposal. A video Wodark posted of the engagement has over 13 million on views on Facebook and its easy to see why: the clip is as sweet as it dramatic. (Will she check yes?! Who will foot the bill for the worlds saddest tattoo removal if she checks no?)

At the beginning of the video, Wodark thinks she is tattooing a heart on her boyfriends ankle; its a simple enough design, but shes all nerves because shes never tattooed anyone before.

Im shaking right now, she says. Im really shaking.

Before she begins, Capaldo-Smith pulls up his pant leg and reveals a tattoo hed gotten the day before:Will you marry me? it reads, with boxes for Wodark to check yes or no.

Wodarks checked response? Yes! (Phew, what a relief.)

In an interview with ABC News, Wodark said she never suspected her boyfriend would pop the question via ink.

I really didnt see this coming at all which, looking back, I should have maybe expected a tattoo of some sort, she told the site.I had no idea it was going to happen that day. I was just over-the-top ecstatic. It was everything I ever wanted and more.

The couple plans to walk down the aisle in fall 2018. We dont know about you, but we hope ring tattoos are involved.

HuffPost reached out to Wodark and Capaldo-Smith but hadnt heard back at the time of publication. This story may be updated.

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Justin Bieber, Zayn Malik and Stars Who Had Tattoos Changed After … – J-14 Magazine07.08.17

It’s easy to get blinded by love, but the harsh reality is that sometimes it just doesn’t last. It’s hard enough to deal with a tough breakup, but imagine having a tattoo dedicated to your ex that constantly reminds you of the past? Now that would suck. (Sorry Justin Bieber, but perhaps you should have thought that Selena Gomez ink through a little more carefully.)

But hey, we totally understand how love can cause stars to get totally swept up in the moment. And the good thing is that permanent ink doesn’t have to be everlasting it just takes some work. Some stars have managed to remove or change their designs, totally cleansing themselves of their previous relationship. Tattoo removal is one thing, and it’s even possible to create a totally unrecognizable design out of something you already have.

And that’s exactly what Zayn Malik did after he split with Little Mix gal Perrie Edwards.

The cartoon version of Perrie that he got real big on his arm is now masked with other intricate designs.

Zayn and Bieber weren’t the only ones! Tons of other celebs have been in the same sticky situation. Let’s hope everyone takes this as a lesson learned.

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Gang Prevention Q&A: Trends, Recruitment and Efforts to Save Kids – Fairfax County Government NewsCenter07.06.17

Gang activity inour region has been in the headlines recently. Young people have died and many families have been affected.

Itisnt just a law enforcement issue, according to Ed Ryan, the countys gang prevention coordinator. Its an issue that anyone who lives and works in the county should feel obligated to do their part to try and address.

Through his position, part of Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Ryan works with local law enforcement agencies and collaborates with the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force and the community.Below is a recent Q&A with Ryan to provide you with information about the issue and the countys efforts:

Has Gang Activity Gotten Worse?

Im not sure if its gotten worse or weve just seen a recent spike. Gang activity has been around in Fairfax County since I started working here in 1998. There have been times where there appears to be an increased presence and times where there are lulls.

What Trends You Are Seeing?

The biggest trend is youth being recruited at an early age. Ive done more presentations and had more meetings at elementary schools last year than I have in my previous 10 years in this position combined. Also gone are the days of primary colors and traditional gang clothing and tattoos. It still exists, but changes all the time. Advances in social media tools and technology have been huge for recruiting and enhancing gangs overall organization.

Mostly because something is missing in their lives. Many youth originally join because they have low self-esteem and a tough time making friends. They may be socially awkward, struggle in school and are often those kids who get bullied. Some kids think gangs are cool. This ties into the low self-esteem angle.

A gang member will befriend a youth. The relationship begins innocently enough, but soon the gang member introduces the youth to other gang members who slowly attempt to get the youth to perform tasks that are often illegal. The gang will continue to push the envelope to explore how much they can get the kid to do before he/she shows any resistance. If there is resistance after a while, that kid could be threatened for fear that he/she could become a snitch and talk to the police.

Do Girls Become Gang Members?

Girls can and have become members of gangs, however their at-risk status is often tied to sex trafficking. Many gang members look at young girls as property that can bring in money to support the gang. Boys are at risk as well, but its primarily girls. Weve also seen girls embedded in the gang lifestyle act as recruiters to lure young, impressionable girls with low self-esteems into the gang world.

Has There Been Progress In Gang Prevention?

I believe there has been great progress. Theres no doubt that some of the violent activity attributed to gangs the past few months has put law enforcement and prevention coordinators under the microscope. However, if you dig deeper youll see that Fairfax County and Northern Virginia are in many ways a model on how to deal with gang activity. There are many combined efforts among the police, the courts, the schools, nonprofits and the mental health, alcohol and drug services professionals. Our crime stats compared to areas with similar population are much, much lower. Ive received calls from all over Virginia, Maryland and other states requesting info on how Northern Virginia deals with gang activity.

What Is Your Role As The Gang Prevention Coordinator?

My primary duties involve helping kids who are in gangs get out and ultimately preventing at-risk youth from joining gangs. I do a lot of trainings for professional staff and community awareness presentations. I also oversee different services and programs tailored toward gang-involved and at-risk youth, as well as their families.

What Programs Does The County Have?

There is no magic program. Reducing gang activity should be viewed as a process by multiple agencies or sources. Fairfax County Public Schools devotes two weeks of its middle- and high-school health and physical education curriculum toward education about gang sex trafficking. We have counselors, home-based providers and court staff who receive consistent advanced gang prevention training.

The Intervention, Prevention and Education program consists of full-time counselors providing home-based services and mentoring to gang-involved or at-risk youth between the ages of 10-21. Numerous presentations have been done in the community for teachers, counselors, parents and students. There are after-school programs designed to surround kids with positive activities and peers.

Do You Work With Other Jurisdictions?

I have four counterparts in the surrounding jurisdictions as part of the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force. We meet regularly and have put on large-scale trainings with a regional focus. There are regional programs like soccer tournaments, tattoo removal efforts and funding to provide paid summer internships to at risk-youth. Approaching things regionally, we can share intel and get out ahead of new trends and cliques. It also allows a united approach toward reducing gang activity, which in turn results in a safer community.

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