Getting a tattoo at the age of 18 is like a rite of passage into adulthood for many young adults. However, as most of us know, sometimes the decisions we make in our youth are impulsive and short-sighted and lack consideration for how it can impact the future. So while the tattoo of a pot leaf on a wrist or a butterfly on the neck can feel very liberating at 18, it can be very restraining in older adult years, especially for those who are in the job market or are looking to advance in their current career.
Tattoos are more popular now than ever. A quarter of men and women ages 30 to 39 have at least one tattoo while a third of adults ages 25 to 29 are also tattooed. Seeing a tattoo nowadays on someone is usually not shocking but employers are not as likely to turn a blind eye. A recent article on GoSanAngelo.com highlighted a tattoo removal clinic in San Pablo, California, that was part of the city’s economic development program to help people become ready to enter the job market (other parts of the program included honing job skills and fiscal responsibility). The reality of it is that a tattoo can be a barrier to employment, career experts say. Others who are employed may be asked to cover up the ink while on the clock. This is one of the reasons why people are seeking tattoo removal. Other reasons include wanting to get rid of an ex’s name or simply feeling like they’ve outgrown their tattoo. It is estimated that 50% of people who have gotten tattoos eventually regret them.
The good news is that nowadays it is possible to have your tattoo cleared (complete clearance is dependent upon a number of factors) and at Evolutions we have the best tattoo removal technology available. The Q-switched laser system is state of the art and includes three true lasers (most systems only have 2 lasers) that can safely and effectively remove tattoos of almost any color. This non-invasive procedure uses very rapid burst of laser energy to break down the tattoo ink and allow the normal healing process of the body to remove unwanted ink. There is some discomfort in the process but most clients say it is much more comfortable than getting a tattoo. Although the tattoo removal can be a long process, somewhere between 4 to 15 sessions for complete clearance, people find that it definitely pays off, especially for those who are entering the job market or climbing a career ladder.