Thursday, 24 April 2014

The Possible Impact of Tattoos on Careers

The Views of Society on Tattoos

To exist in this world and in society, certain unspoken or laid down rules exist. For centuries these rules and etiquette have been followed. It may be an old fashioned way of thinking but yet it infallibly exists. In bygone eras, in cultures where it was customary to be tattooed, such communities now do not follow the practice, as it puts a label on them. Similarly, in the United States of America the association of tattoos has always been with gangs and hoodlums, drug peddlers, sex workers, prisoners and roaming sailors. Since the association has been negative all along, the psychological impact has consequently led to a negative reaction and dislike amongst older generations. Often these values are percolated down to the ensuing generations and hence the shunning of body art. In the career world though the tattoo has no direct correlation to the ability and skills of the person, it still matters when a potential candidate is sporting a tattoo. While tattoo removal is very much a possible option, why should having a tattoo make any difference to cornering a dream job, in the first place?


The first basic rule any fresh job applicant is taught is the importance of appearances. It does not suffice to have all the qualifications and knowledge and to be the right candidate for the job, if your appearance does not match expectations. Your appearance, personality and presence also are a part of your job / career development. Remember you may be young but there is always a more older generation around who have grown up with certain values and hence those rules, those values, that dislike and mistrust, will exist.

Hiring Managers Reactions

Most jobs are customer facing or at some point may require you to interact with a customer. Consequently, a hiring manager while vetting your skills and capabilities also looks at you as a brand representation and how you may be viewed. Therefore, if those tattoos are going to make their presence felt, the hiring manager may have to pass you over for somebody equally qualified, even though the manager may have liked you for the person you are.

Negative Tattoos

Some tattoos maybe considered cool to have but to the viewer, especially somebody with very pristine skin and views, these tattoos reflect the negative in you. Tattoos such as a spider’s web on the neck. This could produce a creepy feeling in somebody viewing it, especially if that person does not happen to like creepy crawlies. Tattoos to do with death like somebody being hung, somebody being shot, facial tears, drugs and sex connotations are all certainly a deterrent to landing that dream job. Needless to say if you have a swastika, you can imagine the reaction!

1960s Ban

In 1960s after there was a break out of hepatitis sourced from a tattoo parlor, many states banned tattooing.

Corporate America

Today in many corporate, especially those with strict dress codes (like banks), visible tattoos are frowned upon. Besides if you look at any middle management and above in the Fortune 500 companies, you will not find one sporting a tattoo. In the business world, tattoos are still taboo, especially since many companies want to present a good front to the public in general.
San Bernardino County in California prohibits its employees from wearing jeans, having visible tattoos or sporting of jewelry from pierced lips, nose or tongue.

A study by CareerBuilder’s showed:
  • Over 42% of hiring managers said that their decision would be affected by somebody sporting a tattoo
  • 3 out of every 4 interviewee believe that visible tattoos are unprofessional. 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Xeomin the Alternative Wrinkle Treatment

Basic Composition of Botox and Xeomin

The basic composition of Xeomin and Botox is botulinum toxin A. Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring protein and a neurotoxin produced by bacteria. It is used as a therapeutic, muscle-relaxing injectable that works on the nerve ends of the facial muscles, to reduce deep seated wrinkles. It flattens out the visible wrinkles and the long term benefits are when the skin smoothens out, without the negative influence of the muscles that caused the wrinkles. Xeomin acts on facial muscles that are oft used when we frown, squint or furrow our brows and on crow’s feet at the corners of our eyes.

Why Xeomin is an Alternative Wrinkle Treatment 
  • Unlike Botox, Xeomin does not require to be refrigerated, consequently simplifying storage and distribution
  • It also has no additives other than its basic composition of botulinum A
  • Therefore, this could mean that there is lesser risk of developing antibodies against Xeomin
  • Since antibodies are not formed there are lesser chances of the neurotoxins not functioning effectively
  • Xeomin acts a week after it has been injected and the effect of the therapeutic, cosmetic treatment lasts from three to six months
  • However, Xeomin should not be used with other botulinum products or interchanged with them
  • Though rare, Botox can stop working sometimes, especially since antibodies can prevent it from working effectively. However, the same is not true for Xeomin, as it does not cause the development of antibodies and hence in the long run, Xeomin will work effectively
  • Xeomin used properly will leave a natural and effectively smooth skin
  • When Xeomin is injected strategically around the eyes and forehead, it can give the appearance of a brow lift or eyelid lift
  • Xeomin can also be used to treat excessive sweating
  • Other areas where Xeomin can be injected to treat wrinkles are, on the chin, around the mouth and to reduce an excessive gummy smile
  • Xeomin is also used to reduce the appearance of an excessively square jaw
  • In comparison to Botox and Dysport, Xeomin is slower to act
  • It is a prescription medication and before being treated, consult with your doctor on the procedure and risk factors
  • Xeomin has been approved by the FDA as a safe cosmetic, therapeutic injectable

Procedure and Downtime
  • The procedure to inject Xeomin takes about 10 – 15 minutes
  • Normal activities can be begun immediately
  • After the treatment, all caution must be taken not to rub the face
  • When the treatment is undergone with a certified dermatologist or a qualified doctor, the pain that may be caused at the injection sites can be reduced with the use of special techniques and equipment. However, upon request a topical cream can be used to numb the sites of the injection

Average Cost

The average cost of Xeomin treatment across the United States of America is around US$400.

Some Risk Factors

There are some risks associated with botulinum products such as Xeomin and Botox.
  • The risk of the product spreading to other areas in the body other than the site of injectable is likely, causing swallowing and breathing problems. This has not so far been observed in patients who received Xeomin for cosmetic purposes
  • Bleeding and bruising at the injected site may occur
  • Allergic reactions such as itching, swelling and shortness of breath can also occur
  • No matter what the purpose of the usage of Xeomin is, the side effects of the injectable are – pain in the neck area, weakness of muscles, pain at the site of injection and muscular-skeletal pain