05/02/2013 02:33 pm ET

Tattoo Removal Specialist Eliminates Painful Reminders Of Exes (VIDEO)

An Albuquerque woman is doing a great service for women left with painful -- and permanent -- reminders of their abusive exes.

Dawn Maestas of Lazarus Laser Center offers pro bono laser tattoo removal to women whose exes' names are etched onto their bodies -- often forcibly so by an abusive partner.

Maestras, herself a victim a domestic violence, started providing the service after realizing the therapeutic benefits of removing her ex-husband's name from her leg and arm.

"Every time I have someone else in, the story is so much more horrific in the things that this person endured," Maestras told Albuquerque news station KRQE 13. "I don't just remove their tattoos -- they bring their secrets.”

Watch the video above for more on Maestras' story, then click through the slideshow below for tattooed celebrities who were left with ink-stained reminders of their exes post-split.

Tattoo Breakups

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