Tamara Lowe grasps a tension ball as a laser technicians pass over a tattoo that reads "Rob."
As a Valentine's Day gift to her new husband, Lowe decided to finally remove the seven-year old tattoo, a dedication to her ex-husband.
"He had my name tattooed on his arm so suggested, and I accepted, the suggestion to have his name tattooed on me," said Lowe, 32.
Years passed, they divorced, she re-married -- but her ex husband "Rob" was always with her.
While giving birth to the new couple's first child, there was a moment when the tattoo was in plain sight for her mother-in-law.
"I was horrified," Lowe says.
"My husband will be very happy and I won't even have to be embarrassed wearing a two-piece in front of my in laws," laughed Lowe.
Since a local skincare clinic expanded their business to include tattoo removal a few months ago, Roberta Segar — who owns and operates Skinpossible Light and Laser — says she's already seen a number of people come in to remove the name of a former loved one.
"Relationships change and some tattoos last forever — some relationships don't last forever! So you know, why should your tattoo?"
It could take up to five sessions to completely remove "Rob" from Lowe's back, says Segar.
"We see a lot of people with very beautiful tattoos come in here -- but the ex on your body has got to come off," says Segar.
But, removing those tattoos can be as painful as the break up.
"It uses a mechanical action to wham, it's like hitting the ink like a wrecking ball," says Segar.