That tattoo of a dragon crawling up your neck may look great to you. But potential employers, or even your current one, may not share your taste in ink. In a weak economy, that may be enough to convince you to seek help excising the image from your skin.
The data for the study was compiled from examining appointment descriptions for patients at 205 aesthetic medical offices and surveys collected from 700 patients at the website, TattooRemoval.net.
Laser surgeons quoted by The Patient’s Guide cited employment and career advancement as the leading reason people are seeking to have tattoos removed.
In fact, employment reasons were noted as the motivation by 40% of people seeking to have tattoos removed, that’s up from 25% in a study conducted in 2011.
Patients scheduling tattoo removal claim that the body markings are preventing them from obtaining desired jobs, or retarding their career progress with current employers.
The leading reasons for tattoo removal as revealed by The Patient’s Guide survey were:
- Employment Reasons — 40%
- Name of Ex-Partner/Spouse — 18%
- Change of Beliefs — 16%
- Other — 15%
- Unhappy/Don’t Like it — 11%