More and more I hear that patients are removing tattoos for work. In some instances this is mandated by their employer. For example a corporation might adopt a “no visible tattoos” policy. Starbucks had banned all visible tattoos but lifted its ban last year as long as the tattoo was “inoffensive” and not located on the face or neck. This policy change was as much about not alienating a significant chunk of the labor market as it was about inclusiveness with respect to customers. However, many corporations have implicit rules against tattoos of any kind. The San Antonio and Austin police departments ban visible tattoos but allow long sleeve shirts to cover them up – that can be tough in the Texas summer. Tattoos on the neck must be surgically or medically removed. I’ve even used the revolutionary PicoSure laser to remove tattoos on patients who were seeking a career in the U.S. military. (First responders like the police or military always get a professional discount because of their service to our communities and country.)
Patients may feel that their body art makes them appear less professional in certain professions. I have a variety of professionals who want their ink off because of work related matters. If we’re to be honest, image means a great deal in business and certain circles. To remove a tattoo for business purposes is a personal decision but one that might make all the difference in getting ahead or moving in to a career that brings fulfillment and advancement. If your ink is holding you back, please give me a call and let me help you move onto the next phase in your profession. I can be reached by phone @ 512-479-9997 or just stop by my NEW location in Austin, TX: Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.