Rapper 50 Cent Chooses Laser Tattoo Removal
by Luke Willson
Rapper 50 Cent, actually named Curtis Jackson, recently confirmed in People magazine that he was indeed getting laser tattoo removal, stating that a number of his infamous tattoos were being removed by laser to help him in his burgeoning acting career.
Featured on album covers and magazines, 50 Cent’s tattoos are a big part of his bad-boy image. But, with upcoming roles in the movies Twelve, Things Fall Apart and The Dance, 50 Cent the rapper seems to be changing into Curtis Jackson the actor, and his tattoos are not helping. Frustrated by having to arrive on set four hours earlier than the other actors to have his tattoos covered up with makeup, he decided that laser tattoo removal was the way to go.
"[Laser tattoo removal] cuts down on the amount of time I have to spend in makeup covering them up," says the rapper/actor.
So, start saying goodbye to 50 Cent’s tattoos, because they won’t be around for long. As for his most recognizable tattoo, a giant stylized “50 Cent” on his back - that one still remains…for now. Jackson says that the tattoo removal is an “ongoing process” and he will likely get most of his tattoos erased.
There’s no shortage of inked celebrities in Hollywood, but it can be a career risk when a tattoo clashes with a role’s character. In that case, either the actor or the tattoo goes. For 50 Cent, whose music career has faltered in recent years, but whose acting career seems to be taking off, the choice to remove his tattoos with lasers, instead of covering them with makeup, may be one of the best decisions he’s ever made.
Tattoos are an ancient form of permanent body art, meant to express an individual’s beliefs and interests. But, the very thing that makes them popular, their permanency, is exactly why they can be so problematic. The barbed wire around your biceps, that butterfly on your lower back? They might not seem as cool as they used to.
Unfortunately, most of the products that promise tattoo removal don’t live up to their promises. At best, tattoo removal creams only succeed in fading a tattoo, leaving you with the same passé image, only a little out-of-focus and less vibrant. And as for less advanced methods – burning or excision – only one thing comes to mind: Ouch! These days, if you want to remove a tattoo there is a much easier (and less painful) method: laser tattoo removal.
Laser tattoo removal works by breaking down the tattoo ink with a targeted beam of light, or laser. Over a series of treatments, the ink is progressively degraded and absorbed by the body, as would naturally happen over time or due to sun exposure. As with any laser treatment, the procedure must be tailored to the individual, making it difficult to estimate cost. An individual’s skin tone, the tattoo’s colors, size and complexity have a big impact on the number of treatments needed and the duration of each session. To give you an idea, laser tattoo removal usually requires 3-12 sessions, lasting about 15-90 minutes each. A face-to-face consultation is the best way to learn more about what to expect. While laser tattoo removal is much less painful than other methods, it can still hurt. Topical anesthetics are usually offered to reduce this.
If you have a giant tattoo of your nickname on your back, like 50 cent, or any other tattoo that you want removed, there are many providers of laser tattoo removal in our network. To speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives or to schedule your laser tattoo removal consultation at a local laser clinic, feel free to contact us online or call us at 866.471.8874.
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