Does laser hair removal affect tattoos?


Questions | Dr Dhanraj Chavan | July 5, 2021

Are you frustrated with the extra hair on your body? Now scared of getting laser hair removal done. Are you thinking does laser hair removal affect tattoos? Don’t worry, Dr Dhananjay Chavan is here to give an answer to your question. Hence, do read this article till the end to know more details on it. 

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First of all, laser hair removal is a procedure in which the targeted beam of laser light is usually a Diode laser. Hence, the laser is of great quality, which is targeted onto skin and hair follicles present in the skin. Similarly, these follicles absorb this laser energy and heat produced which destroys them. It is a very focussed procedure in which only the hair follicles are targeted. Every laser has a particular wavelength, which emits light. This laser wavelength targets particular molecules in the skin. In such cases, the laser hair removal procedure and its melanin and melanosomes are targeted. Hence, which are usually present in the hair. Therefore, the hair reduction procedure will effect.

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Does laser hair removal affect tattoos?

Yes, it does affect the tattoos, when treatment is performed on the tattoo area. You may even get your area burnt marks on that area and your skin may get damage. Be careful and consult a dermatologist who can give you good information on laser treatment. If in case you have tattoos on your arms and you wanted to get laser hair removal done on your underarms thus definitely there is no problem. As both are completely different areas. You need to consult an expert who can perform safely with taking utmost care of the tattoos. Placement of the laser handpiece safely is really important, for protecting the tattoos.

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Does laser hair removal tattoo burn?

It is important to know that it is completely unsafe to use laser hair removal machine over the tattoo area. Hence, it can burn the area of your tattoo if not taken care of laser hair removal treatment. Laser hair removal machine is designed to remove unwanted hairs only and not for tattoo removal.

Do listen to Dr Dhanraj Chavan who will explain how to tattoo’s can be affected.

Can you get laser hair removal over a tattoo?

However, in the case of tattoos, what happens is that they contain pigments which may be organic or inorganic. The tattoos may be green, blue or red in color and this wavelength is usually very. So the lasers that are required for tattoo removal are different as compared to the lasers that are used in laser hair removal procedures. Hence, there is no overlap between them. The technology used for laser hair removal will not affect the tattoo and the same situation applies vice versa as well.

Henceforth, it needs to be done properly with the right skill and expertise otherwise, achieving the adequate result is not possible. Do share our article with your friends and family if you feel it is useful for them.

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