06/04/2012 12:56 pm ET Updated Aug 21, 2012

Tattoo Regret On The Rise; Americans Look To Laser Ink Removal (VIDEO)

Correction: A previous version of this artical stated that 32% of Americans regret their tattoos. That is incorrect, there has been a 32% increase in tattoo removal from 2011-2012 according to The Patient’s Guide. We regret the error.

Forty-five million Americans have a tattoo and more than a few regret their decision to get inked.

There have been numerous surveys and polls surfacing, showing a rising trend in tattoo regret. One of which, a British survey based on responses from 1,790 people aged 18-25, almost 70% regret getting a tattoo while studying abroad or on vacation.

However, it's not just the young and impulsive who are rethinking the ink, job seekers are finding themselves overlooked because of their tattoos and are seeking laser treatments to erase the problem.

Employers are now citing visible ink as undesirable in the hiring process. According to piercings, bad breath and tattoos are the top three deal breakers when it come to getting hired or getting a promotion.

The Patient’s Guide reports that laser tattoo removal procedures climbed 32% from 2011 to 2012.

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