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Dressing for Success? Tattoos May Hold You Back.

Forty percent of millennials (people born between the early 1980s and early 2000s) have at least one tattoo, according to Pew Research Center. But even though millennials are inking up, 70 percent say they make sure their tattoos can be hidden from view while at work.

A recent University of Tampa study found that 86 percent of students with visible tattoos surveyed think they will have a harder time finding a job after graduation. When deciding where to put a tattoo, 89 percent said they will consider how it will impact their job options.

Placement is Important

Tattoos, for some, are a great way to express themselves, remember a loved one, or simply decorate their body. When you’re young, it can seem like a great idea to place a tattoo in a highly visible spot on your body so others can enjoy it with you.

But, as noted above, it can be difficult to land certain types of jobs when you have a prominent and visible tattoo. Fairly or not, hiring managers often worry about your impression when dealing with customers, interacting with the public, and presenting yourself as the face of the organization.

Many people regret tattoos, particularly ones that are placed where other people can see them every day. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, tattoo regrets are common —17 percent of those who get tattoos consider getting them removed.

Additionally, you’ll have to take into consideration how it will look if you gain or lose weight, as you age and your skin becomes looser, and as your tastes and interests change.

Costly Removal

Tattoo removal surged by almost 46 percent among millennials over the last few years, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The average cost of a tattoo’s removal is $464 – a lot more than the going rate of approximately $100 for a basic tattoo.

Along with the exponential rise of tattoos among millennials comes regret later in life. The removal of tattoos is expected to rise just as steadily. Tattoo removal spending in the United States is expected to hit more than $83 million by 2018, according to IBISWorld.

Tattoo removal is costly and can take several session. The Kole Plastic Surgery Center Center uses PicoSure® for quicker and more effective tattoo removal. The gold standard for tattoo removal, PicoSure® more thoroughly removes tattoo ink and offers many benefits over traditional tattoo removal:

  • 1,000 times faster pulse than Q-Switched lasers.
  • Removal is faster and more complete, even on hard-to-target colors such as greens and blues.
  • Requires fewer treatments than older laser methods.
  • Typically removes tattoos that are resistant and have stopped responding to other laser methods.
  • Fewer side effects.

Of course, many people get tattoos and never look back. Hiring biases may also start to diminish as more millennials move up in the workforce and biases fall by the wayside. However, if you are regretting your tattoo and wish to have it removed, contact us at Kole Plastic Surgery Center to speak with Dr. Kole and have the tattoo evaluated and inspected for pricing.

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