Over the past five years, tattoo removal has been on the rise, with revenue increasing at an annual rate of about 21 percent according to a recent study by market analysis firm IBISMWorld. Analysts predict that the number of tattoo removal business will continue to increase over the next five years.
Most patients choose to have their tattoos removed for employment-related reasons. A study conducted by CareerBuilder.com found that 37 percent of HR managers cite tattoos as the third physical attribute most likely to limit career potential. First on the list was piercings, followed closely by bad breath. Nearly nine out of 10 U.S. jobs today are in service-oriented businesses ranging from fast food restaurants to health care companies. Bans on body modification are especially common in the service industry where tattoos are often seen as unsightly or unprofessional.
Almost one quarter of Americans between the ages of 18 and 50 have some form of body art, according to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology.
The growing social acceptance of tattoos is due in large part to innovations in laser tattoo removal. Increased use of the Q-switching laser technology has helped revolutionize the tattoo removal business by making the process less expensive and less painful than previous methods. New developments in tattoo ink designed specifically for laser removal treatments will very likely increase the mainstream acceptance of body art.