Safe Tattoo Removal On Darker Skin Tones
We often get questions from people of colour about whether laser tattoo removal treatments work for dark skin tones. The short answer is yes.
Our laser tattoo removal can work for all skin colours. In fact, research has proven that the tattoo removal process is effective for people of colour in most cases.
The long answer is that success of laser treatment is unique to each person, and there are many factors that can impact the process.
What Are the Possible Side Effects of Laser Tattoo Removal for Darker Skin Tones?
Three side effects may present themselves when choosing laser tattoo removal if you have a darker skin tone:
- Hyperpigmentation, which is the darkening of skin over time
- Hypopigmentation, which is the lightening of skin in the area of the removed tattoo
- Keloid scars, which are raised scar tissue that develop around the treated area (these are very rare)
Factors that Affect Tattoo Removal
There are two main things you need to understand regarding how skin type affects tattoo removal:
- Within the medical community, the colour of a person’s skin is rated on the Fitzpatrick scale – type I through VI. Your skin type will have an impact on the type of lasers and treatment to be used for tattoo removal.
- Not all tattoo removal lasers are the same. Lasers used for cosmetic treatments (hair removal, skin rejuvenation, tattoo removal, etc.) are not always appropriate for all skin types. Always check that your technician is properly trained to treat you safely with the correct treatment options for your skin type.
Is the PicoWay® Laser Safe for Tattoo Removal on Darker Skin?
In a word, yes. The PicoWay® laser has been deemed safe if the appropriate settings are applied under appropriate circumstances. This is why it’s important to choose an experienced technician.
Removery Offers Safe Laser Tattoo Removal for All Skin Types
Removery is able to accommodate and safely treat all skin types. If you have questions about laser tattoo removal, please don’t hesitate to contact our technicians.