FDA: Tattoo removal no simple process

Getting a tattoo can be a major milestone for some people, but according to a new advice from the government, many may come to regret the ink and try to get it removed.

According to the American Society for Dermatological Surgery (ASDS), almost 100,000 tattoo removal procedures were performed in 2011 -- a vast increase from the 80,000 that took place in 2010.

It may be because 21 percent of American adults are now tattooed, a Harris Interactive survey conducted in January 2012 reports. The number has increased from 16 and 14 percent since Harris Interactive last polled people in 2003 and 2008 respectively.

The Food and Drug Administration issued a Consumer Update on Jan.