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Leap to Success
Friday, December 07, 2018
The "Leap to Confidence" program celebrates its 50th graduation ceremony on Wednesday, December 12, at 2 p.m. in East Village, San Diego. Twenty women will be graduating at this milestone event. Leap to Confidence is a personal leadership workshop offered at no cost to women emerging from major life challenges to help them reach their greatest potential.
Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego
Friday, June 19, 2015
Apprentices and journeymen from the Class of 2015 are employed at businesses throughout San Diego County.
Associated Builders and Contractors San Diego
Monday, June 15, 2015
Three recipients receive on-the-job training, tools and tuition free classroom education.

March 6, 2009

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Are Your Tattoos Taboo In The Workplace?

Modern laser technology making tattoo removal without scarring possible

(San Diego) - Tattoos aren't just a modern fascination. The earliest tattoos date back to 5,200 BC. Today, one in four Americans ages 18 to 50 have tattoos according to a 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. In the 18 to 29 age group, 36% have tattoos.
In a tight economy with soaring unemployment, anything that creates a disadvantage in the workplace can kill your changes of getting a job. surveyed 500 employees and managers to learn about how people with body art are perceived in the workplace. More than half (58.3%) said they would be less likely to hire someone with visible tattoos or piercing.

A 2008 Harris Interactive Poll found that 17 percent of these Americans regretted having a tattoo enough to want it removed. As tattoo removal technology advances, the procedure is becoming more effective and more affordable

“With advances in laser technology, tattoo removal is more realistic than ever before,” said Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman, Medical Director of GBK Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, a double board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who is renowned for his pioneering research of multiple laser techniques. “While there are no guarantees, anyone thinking about tattoo removal should seek out a knowledgeable practitioner and learn about the options.”

The most common method of tattooing is preformed with an electric tattoo machine. This device inserts ink into the skin via a group of needles into the skin, where the ink particles become embedded.

Ideally, this procedure is done under sanitary conditions. Amateur tattoos tend to be unsanitary. Someone simply places a needle dipped in ink or dye and inserts it into the skin. The best examples of these can be seen on gang members and prisoners.

Past tattoo removal methods tended to produce scarring because both tattooed and non-tattooed skin was destroyed. In the 1970s, lasers were first used to remove tattoos. Today, new laser technology has revolutionized tattoo removal, making removal without scarring a possibility. These lasers target the tattoo pigment in the skin, fragmenting it into particles that are released and eliminated.

The type of laser to remove the tattoo depends on the color of the ink and surrounding skin pigmentation. The number of treatments to remove tattoos can vary greatly depending on color, depth and amount of tattoo pigment, as well as the person's ability to process the tattoo pigment. It also depends on whether the tattoo is an amateur or professional one and whether it has one to two layers of pigment on it.

The easiest colors to remove are black, green and blue because lasers are specifically tuned to these wavelength colors. All other colors are more difficult because we don't have lasers that are tuned to these color wavelengths.

On average, removing an amateur tattoo can take three to six sessions; a professional tattoo can take well over 10 treatments sessions.

New tattoos that are black usually require fewer treatments. In addition, they're easier to remove because the ink is superficial and has a strong absorption quality. Tattoos that are older (20 or more years), have multiple colors and are re-inked tend to be more challenging. Sometimes, completely removing the tattoo isn't possible, with the best result being a "ghost" tattoo--light shadow images of the original.

Ideally, treatments are spaced four to eight weeks apart. Initially, the ink pigment may show significant lightening on the first one to two treatments, then taper off. Others may be slower to lose color. The more superficial and less-dense the ink pigment, the fewer treatments required to lighten the tattoo.


About Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman

Dr. Goldman is a double board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who is renowned for his pioneering research of multiple laser techniques and skin rejuvenation. Dr. Goldman is a Volunteer Clinical Professor of Dermatology/Medicine for University of California, San Diego, and has written 18 medical textbooks on cosmetic and laser surgery, several of which are considered definitive medical texts in their respective fields, as well as over 300 peer-reviewed medical publications. Dr. Goldman has been featured on The Today Show, 20/20, The Discovery Health Channel, Wealth TV, E!, Extra, and The Swan, and in top publications including The Wall Street Journal, TIME, New York Times, Prevention, Elle, O Magazine, Self, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Allure, Glamour, InStyle, More and Good Housekeeping.

About GBK Cosmetic Laser Dermatology

GBK Cosmetic Laser Dermatology is San Diego County’s leading cosmetic dermatology practice, dedicated to combining major cosmetic breakthroughs of science and medicine with beauty and creativity to bring the ultimate in rejuvenation. World-renowned board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mitchel P. Goldman and colleagues Dr. Kimberly Butterwick and Dr. Douglas Keel offers clients a combined 50 years of experience in a full range of procedures in its surgical suites, recognized by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care for meeting its nationally recognized high standards, as well as cutting-edge cosmetic dermatology. GBK Cosmetic Laser Dermatology stays on the cutting edge of medical technology with its participation in groundbreaking research studies and ongoing education. For more information, please visit