Tattoo Removal Statistics 2017

Tattoo Removal Statistics 2016, 2017-2018

Updated 9-6-2017:

  1. 70% of US business owners do not favor tattoos on employees
  2. Tattoo removal clinics have grown by 400% in the past decade
  3. 11% of all people with tattoos have them removed
  4. 26% of inked millennials regret their tattoo
  5. Laser tattoo removal clients are 70% female

Some tattoos are things of beauty that bring pride and delight to their owners for the rest of their lives. Other tattoos have outlived their use, relevance, and/or their ability to put a smile on their owner’s face. In the latter case, it may be time for a tattoo removal. Here are some fascinating tattoo removal statistics to ponder.

1. According to a survey done in the United Kingdom, 70% of business owners reported having an unfavorable opinion of job applicants with tattoos.

In the past ten years, tattoo removal businesses in the U.K. have seen their revenues rise by more than 400%, the newspaper The Telegraph reported. The tattoo removal business outearns the tattoo business, but then again tattoo removal costs approximately ten times as much as tattooing.

Americans, for the most part, have neutral or favorable opinions about people with tattoos. The majority of Americans make no distinction between tattooed and untattooed folks. Among the small number of people who did have unfavorable opinions of people with body art, people with tattoos were perceived to be:

Roger Reyes Laser Tattoo Removal Patient Fresh Start• Less attractive
• Less intelligent
• Less sexy
• Less spiritual
• More rebellious
• Unhealthy

Depending upon the mindset of the personal doing the hiring, body art may be seen as a disadvantage when applying for a job.


2. As of 2016-2017, 11% of Americans with tattoos have either had one removed or are planning to have one removed.

The website, which promotes a tattoo removal cream, reported the number of Americans who regret their tattoos and want them removed as 26%. A closer look, however, reveals that this number is somewhat misleading.

If we look at the article’s source, on, we see that SkinTru is actually adding together two separate numbers. The percentage of people reported as “people with a tattoo who are getting or have had one removed” is 11%, and the percentage of people “who have some regret after getting their tattoo” is 17%. There’s sure to be some overlap in that group – people who both have some regret and plan to have a tattoo removed – and not everyone who has some regret have enough regret to undo their artwork. So 26% seems high.


3. The tattoo removal market is about 70% female, 30% male.

When we look at the market for tattoo removal, we can get a profile of the typical tattoo removal client. This client is more than twice as likely to be female as male, and her average age is 29 years. These mostly female clients in their 20s are likely to be women who have had other aesthetic procedures performed. The majority of these clients are happy with their tattoo removal and do not regret having their body art undone.

They also tend to be from the higher-income demographic. Because tattoo removal does cost as much as ten times as much as tattooing, only those with the means to afford tattoo removal seek this kind of procedure.

The majority of these tattoo removals are of black ink tattoos, and the average tattoo size is 4″ by 4″ or smaller. Small, black ink tattoos are the easiest type of tattoos to remove.


4. The average revenue generated by laser tattoo removal is $1,400 per patient.

On average, the cost of a single laser tattoo removal session is $200 for an appointment that typically lasts about 15 minutes. If the technician can perform four of these 15-minute procedures per hour, the revenue from those appointments add up to $800.

Then consider that the average laser tattoo removal requires seven treatments before the tattoo is considered to be fully removed. Seven treatments of $200 each average out to $1,400 per patient. By comparison, the tattooing procedure itself costs about $99 per hour.


5. 76% of employees feel tattoos and piercings hurt your job interview chances.

People will visible tattoos are concerned about their chances of getting a job. Over 3/4 of them feel that tattoos will hurt their job interview chances. 

While this number is subjective, and it’s not true that 76% of hiring managers discriminate against tattoos, it’s still a relevant statistic to determine why the tattoo removal market is growing so quickly.


6. 23% of people regret at least one of their tattoos.

This number may not be totally accurate, but we believe that it’s pretty close. With nearly 1/4 people regretting at least one tattoo, it makes sense why people are flocking to laser tattoo removal as a viable and safe option to remove their tattoos.



In all, about 45 million people in the United States have at least one tattoo. Most of these Americans will be happy with their tattoo choices for life. About five percent will choose to cover up their tattoos with another tattoo. For about 11% who regret their choice of body art, laser tattoo removal is a viable option for improving their appearance and getting on with their lives.


Tattoo Statistics