When it comes to tattoo removal, skin color matters. Many aesthetic practices and laser centers believe that tattoo ink cannot be effectively removed from darker skin tones without causing pigmentation issues or scars, but at Skin Deep Laser Services, our experienced laser technicians confidently offer tattoo removal on all skin types.
Skin Deep Laser Services is located in Peabody, Massachusetts and serves the North Shore area. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our medical team and find out more about our tattoo removal services.
Will Laser Tattoo Removal Work for My Skin Tone?
With the right type of laser and an experienced, qualified technician, darker skin types can be effectively treated with tattoo removal lasers without major complications. Using the right laser technology and settings, our technicians can reduce the risk of scarring or pigmentation problems to 1-5 percent.
What are the Risks Associated with Tattoo Removal on Darker Skin?
The risks and possible side effects of tattoo removal are the same for light and dark skin types alike. Patients usually experience a combination of:
These side effects are normal and are also a good indicator that the body has begun the healing process. Additionally, skin color has no bearing on the amount of pain, muscle soreness or possible infections that patients experience.
During the removal process, pulses of light/wavelengths attract ink and then crystallize and break up the large ink molecules. This process utilizes a thermal pulse, which can affect the skin’s natural pigment or melanin if used incorrectly. Patients may also experience hyper/hypopigmentation issues if they are not following the appropriate aftercare instructions or exposing treated areas to the sun or heat for an extended period of time.
With darker tones of skin, it is also important to know if you have keloids – scar tissue that forms under and around the original tattoo, as there are treatments to help flatten their appearance.
Will the Removal Process Require More Treatments on Darker Skin Types?
The individual tattoo removal process depends on many factors, but our qualified laser technicians have extensive experience in working with darker skin types and use less aggressive means to remove tattoo ink on these patients.
Using lower laser energy settings and waiting for longer periods of time between treatments, our qualified medical team minimizes the possibility of unwanted side effects. This results in a longer duration of treatment, but the number of visits and costs are often about the same.
What Technology Do You Use to Remove Tattoos on Darker Skin Types?
Here at Skin Deep Laser Services, we use the RevLite® laser, which has the capability of removing tattoos in less time with less discomfort. This technology is proven to effectively remove tattoo ink from darker skin types using rapid short-pulse widths of energy. This successfully limits the skin’s exposure to heat and increases the safety and comfort of the patient.