It's estimated that 16 percent of adults have at least one tattoo, but it's anybody's guess how many regret it now or will later. People like Nicole Perrault, a bride to be who wants to be tattoo free before she walks down the aisle.
"I'm getting married in July and I have a strapless dress. So for the wedding I didn't want the tattoo on my back," said Nicole.
"I think people are getting a false impression that they can have the tattoo removed very quickly," said Dr. Richard Eisen, a dermatologic surgeon. Nicole found out it will take at least 8 treatments to remove her tattoo.
Last year, more than 50,000 Americans like Nicole went in for laser tattoo removal. It works by breaking up the ink in the skin, layer by layer, but Dr. Eisen says some colors may never go away completely.
Treatment costs vary between $150 and $600 for each treatment, and for some people, tattoo removal may take years of treatment.