Laser Tattoo Removal on Dark or Black Skin is possible; however, there is important information you need to know when talking to tattoo removal clinics to determine if they have the right laser for you..
Not all lasers in doctors offices are created equally. Some are best used for toe nails others are best for tattoo removal. There are many different types of lasers for tattoo removal. Lasers in a doctors office, tattoo removal clinic, or medical spa may have 1 to 4 wavelengths. Some places may even have more than one laser for tattoo removal! Caution: Some tattoo removal providers just have 1 wavelength!
The 4 main wavelengths you will generally find in a tattoo removal clinic office are:
This is important because the smaller the wavelength the more damage it can do to dark or black skin while removing the tattoo. That’s why dark or black skin should always use the Nd:Yag (1064 wavelength). The 1064 will produce the least amount of collateral damage to the top layer of skin, causing minimal scarring and hyper/hypo pigmentation.
Risks for Tattoo Removal on Dark or Black Skin
Generally hyper/hypo pigmentation in the skin caused by laser tattoo removal will subside over time; However.... Keloid scars will not.
Will I need more tattoo removal sessions for my dark or black skin?
According to the Kirby-Desai study, dark or black skin will require a couple more tattoo removal sessions to effectively remove a tattoo. This is because darker skin tones contain similar pigment colors in the tattoo inks.
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