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It seemed like a good idea at the time: A tattoo story

Dr. Arjang Yazdani, B.Sc., M.D., FRCSC

When Cindy Smale was a teenager, she got her first of several tattoos. “I was young,” she said. “I thought they were a great idea.”

But fast forward a few decades and Smale was not as smitten with her ink as she once was. “I had a really big complex over them and wanted them off for a long time,” she said. “The tattoos on my arms bothered me the most. I would put on make up to cover them up or wear long sleeves. I was so self-conscious about them. Some of my friends didn’t even know I had tattoos.”

One day Smale was watching the Canadian talk show, CityLine, and heard about the Picosure laser for tattoo removal. As the most advanced laser of its kind, she learned it could remove tattoos faster than anything else on the market. She did her research and found that Yazdani Plastic Surgery in London, Ontario offered Picosure laser tattoo removal. She promptly made an appointment in the hopes that something could be done about her tattoos.

“At my first appointment I was told that every tattoo is different," said Smale, "and there are no guarantees that it will be removed in a certain number of sessions. So I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I hoped it would work.”

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April Geoffrey, the laser technician at Yazdani Plastic Surgery, first saw Smale in February, 2016. “When Cindy came in she had six tattoos that she wanted removed. We decided to start with the ones that bothered her the most. She had noticeable improvement after just one treatment. Some were gone after two treatments. So we started treating the rest of her tattoos as well.”

Today, Smale is happy with her decision to remove her tattoos. “I’m more than thrilled,” she said. “I’m shocked at how well it worked. I try to tell everyone, ‘Just do it.’ I say, ‘Go get a tattoo! If you don’t like it, you can always have it removed!’ I have no scars and they’ve pretty much completely disappeared. It’s been amazing.”

To book your tattoo removal appointment, please call 519-601-4554 or email

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