Aug 26, 2020
Hi so I want to become a surgeon when i’m older (I’m 16 atm) and i was wondering are visible tattoos like a forearm tattoo frowned upon? because i want one (like i’m in the process of setting up an appointment) that looks like the picture i added and the size of the other picture i added. would that be okay or should i look for somewhere else to get it done?

PS: the person in my avi is Cardi B not me.


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the evil queen of numbers
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No one is likely to care 10 years from now when you are trying to match in surgery. However, to protect your privacy, if that is a picture of yourself in your avatar, change it now.

PS: I am not Dame Judy Dench
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Lots of careers will care and you are a kid right now. Don’t do something that is so permanent and potentially option changing forever.
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The Real PG
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If you're planning to get a tattoo, I'd still get it somewhere where it isn't always exposed. Granted, things are continuing to change, but why risk it?
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I will be back at the end of the semester. :)
Oct 24, 2020
Had you not already gotten it, my suggestion would be to adjust the placement so it isn't visible in scrubs. Since you already have it, you can always wear a long-sleeve shirt for interviews. Glamoflauge, which is very pigmented concealer you can get at Walmart, would help cover it up in situations where you need to have short-sleeves on.

It's a pretty tattoo. I like it. :)

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