Tattoo removals surge 440% as thousands follow in footsteps of actresses Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox and Eva Longoria

Tattoo removals surge 440% as thousands follow in footsteps of actresses Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox and Eva Longoria

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Tattoo removals surge 440% as thousands follow in footsteps of actresses Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox and Eva Longoria

Experts say revenue for tattoo removal has surged 440 per cent in 10 years

Plastic surgeon Michael Kulick said relationship break-ups and job-hunting are among the reasons people opt to erase their body art

Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox and Eva Longoria are among the A-listers choosing to remove their inkings

Published: 10:59 EST, 17 July 2014 |

Relationship break-ups and embarking on the daunting search for a new job are two of the reasons behind a surge in tattoo removals in the U.S., experts say.

Actresses Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox and Eva Longoria are among thousands of Americans, choosing to remove their body art.

For mother-of-six, Jolie the co-ordinates of the birthplaces of her children were tattooed in place of her ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton’s name.

And actress Megan Fox had her Marilyn Monroe tattoo removed from her forearm, while Eva Longoria, Britney Spears and Pamela Anderson are among the Hollywood pin ups following suit.

Scroll down for video Actress Angelina Jolie had the tattoo bearing her ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton’s name, removed Actress Angelina Jolie had the tattoo bearing her ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton’s name, removed. She replaced the inking with the co-ordinates of the birthplaces of her six children Revenue for tattoo removals has surged 440 per cent to an estimated $75.5 million over the last decade, Marketwatch reported.And the trend is catching on, with experts at IBIS World predicting it will peak at $83.2million in the next four years.Tattoo removal used to involve painful dermabrasion, acidic skin peels or literally cutting the image out and then patching the area with skin grafts.All these methods could leave horrendous scars. But such drastic action is no longer necessary.Laser technology was first used for tattoo removal 20 years ago and has come a long way since then.Tattoos are created by injecting ink about a millimetre into the dermis – the middle layer of your skin.As it doesn’t shed like the skin’s surface layers, […]