Tattoo Removal Trend: Survey Shows Hope for Job Seekers as Removal Surges

JenforReal on 14 Aug 2014 at 9:00am


It’s been reported that 1 in 5 U.S. adults now has a tattoo. So it’s no surprise that tattoo removal is booming — with revenue for removals surging 440% over the last decade, to an estimated $75.5 million annually, according to  recent reports.

What's more, celebrities who go through very public breakups — most recently Adrienne Bailon and Melanie Griffith — are often forced to undergo their tattoo removal under the watchful eye of the media.

Here at RealSelf, we have noticed a recent spike in interest in our  Tattoo Removal community as well, with more than half a million consumer searches in 2014 alone, and a 40% increase in consumer searches in from May to June.

In a new survey of Americans that have at least one tattoo, we found:
  • 23% of respondents have considered tattoo removal , citing regret, impact on professional life, and past love as the main drivers.
  • 18% feel that their tattoo has held them back from getting a job, date,  or other opportunity
  • …But there’s still hope for job seekers: 71% believe that society has become more accepting of tattoos in a professional setting.
Tattoo RemovalRealSelf users spend an average of $850 on the tattoo removal process, and 86% say it was Worth It (98% of PicoSure consumers were very satisfied).

AprilMang4 got a tattoo in March as a tribute to her father. While she loves the message it carries, she found herself unhappy with its size and placement. After 7 sessions, she is almost finished with her removal.

Follow along as community member hazel314 shares her PicoSure journey, having chosen that method for its ability to target the blue and green pigments found in her gecko lizard tattoo. Have you considered removing a tattoo? Tell us in the comments below!

Comments (4)

I've definitely considered removal but have put it on the back burner for now. I agree they not all tattoos being removed are bad. In fact, most I've seen by following reviews on real self have been really well done tattoos. But, if placement and size are not right, it doesn't matter how technically correct the tattoo is. A tattoo should fit the persons body and when it doesn't, I can see why someone would want it removed. Employers are becoming much more accepting with tattoos. I work for a very large corporation and have never been told to "cover it up"!
The May and June spike is people in the summer thinking "dang, that nasty tattoo has got to go!" I'm just being silly, not all tattoo's being removed are nasty, sometimes it just not a fit. I agree that employers are being way more accepting, I love tattoo that are well placed and classy and don't feel they should challenge you in getting a job. 
Saline was misspelled, sorry!
I had a great experience with Celine tattoo removal in Tampa Florida. The only problem was that I was only able to get three separate sessions before they closed shop for family reasons. Does anyone know of a Celine tattoo removal business anywhere in Florida????