Did you get a tattoo that you completely regret? Perhaps it is one with an ex-partner’s name, one with incorrect spelling, or even one that was a drunken mistake.

No matter if it was funny or heartfelt, if you regret it now then you’ll know that your tattoo could now be negatively affecting your career.

Research has found that 77% of employers will be less likely to hire someone with tattoos, whether that is 100 tattoos or 1 tattoo. However, a portion of this 77% is determined by the role to be filled. If the potential position was a customer based role, the employer might not have an issue with the tattoo but the customer might, and in this situation may put off the customer.

But why would employers make their hiring decisions based on the appearance of their potential employees?

A study interviewing 5,000 people questioned whether people take others with tattoos less seriously. 51% of the 5,000 respondents highlighted that they would take someone with tattoos less seriously than someone who didn’t have tattoos. In that respect, this may be another reason as to why you’re stuck in the mud when it comes to your job search.

While these statistics are great, and shows the potential risks of tattoos when it comes to your working life, you’ve got the tattoo, and for those readers with their ex-partner’s names or drunken ‘tramp stamp’ mistakes, you don’t want to be reminded of this everyday, and you’re not alone. A quarter of Australians under 30 are inked and one in three regret it.

But don’t worry; you’ve hit the jackpot on this one.

Unlike the 1800’s, tattoo removal is now an easily accessible service, and 15% of tattooed Australians consider it at some point. But, if you’re sitting there thinking, how would that even work? Here’s the answer.

Laser tattoo removal uses powerful, very short and deeply penetrating laser light pulses that pass through the skin to break up the ink pigment into smaller particles, which the body’s defense mechanisms (white blood cells and the lymphatic system) can then remove naturally. The high-energy nanosecond pulses are efficient at targeting and removing deeper-lying pigment.

I know it might sound painful, but laser tattoo removal feels similar to a quick snap from a rubber band on the skin – so the pain is manageable.

If you’re wondering how the process goes, a team of skilled and experience specialists will assess your tattoos prior to treatment and discuss how many treatments will be needed according to the size, location, depth and colour of the tattoo. Multiple sessions require three-week intervals to allow pigment residue enough time to be cleared by the body.

So, if you’re one of the ones I mentioned earlier, someone who regrets their tattoo, and doesn’t want to be reminded of their mistakes every day, go along for an initial assessment and once you’re done, there won’t be anything stopping you from getting a job.