If you’re considering getting a tattoo on a visible body part such as your arms, legs, or chest, there is one aesthetic treatment you must get before you sit down with the tattoo artist, i.e., laser hair removal treatment.
Laser hair removal in Dubai is a highly successful procedure for getting rid of unwanted hair, but laser technology is also used to get rid of tattoos! This can be a problem if you seek laser hair removal in an area where you already have tattoos. In this 5-minute quick read, some of the frequently asked questions about laser hair removal treatment and tattoos will be answered.
What is the procedure for laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal works by directing a focused beam of light into the hair follicles. The laser is drawn to pigment, which absorbs the light and heat and damages the follicle enough to hinder further development.
As laser hair removal is drawn to the pigment within your hair follicle, deep within the layers of your skin. When laser hair removal is used over a tattoo, the laser cannot recognize the difference between the pigment in your hair follicle and the pigment in the ink, causing the pigment in your tattoo to scatter. In some cases, it can also lighten the color of the tattoo.
How does Laser hair removal affect tattoos?
Laser hair removal treatments will not be performed on tattooed skin by certified laser specialists. There is a perfectly rational explanation for this. As previously said, the pigments in the hair attract light energy. When that energy is converted into thermal energy, it damages the hair follicles and stops hair growth. Laser hair removal is most effective on light skin with dark hair, but it is also effective on dark skin with dark hair and light skin with fair hair. Tanning, on the other hand, will stimulate the skin, which may interfere with the procedure.
Is it possible to apply laser hair removal over a tattoo?
The bad news is that laser hair removal treatment cannot be performed over tattoos. Only the areas immediately surrounding the tattoo. The larger the tattoo, the more difficult it is to remove hair using a laser.
There have been reports in the media of laser hair removal being performed over a tattoo, usually by an unregulated clinic or an inexperienced staff, resulting in catastrophic third-degree burns necessitating hospitalization.
Is it possible to get a tattoo after laser hair removal?
You will have to wait a few weeks following the laser hair removal in Dubai before getting your tattoo done. This allows the skin to heal because laser hair removal, kills hair follicles and you need to give your skin time to restore.
Location of tattoo
If you have a tattoo on your chest and want to target the body hair on your underarms, you should be fine. If you have a full sleeve tattoo and want to get rid of the hair on your arms, or if you have a tattoo on your thigh and want laser hair removal on your legs, you should expect a problem. Unfortunately, laser hair removal cannot be performed over the tattoo and must be performed around it, so keep this in mind if you plan to get any more tattoos in the future.
Covering up a tattoo for laser hair removal in Dubai
If you still want to conduct laser hair removal with a tattoo, expert practitioners can make a cover for the tattoo and then target the surrounding region, usually leaving 2-3cm between the tattoo and the lasered skin.
You will be alright as long as the laser does not come into contact with the tattoo. As an added precaution, you can have the practitioner draw a circle around the tattoo with a white pen. There is no need for medical tape or plasters. Although this procedure may lighten the color of the tattoo, it may still cause damage to the inked skin. The most crucial thing you can do is locate a skilled practitioner.
Can we remove tattoos with the help of laser hair removal technology?
Although it may be tempting to believe differently, patients must realize that laser tattoo removal is a distinct technique with a distinct goal and characteristics. There are numerous types of lasers used for hair removal, including alexandrite, ND: YAG, diode, and others. Tattoo removal lasers are Q-Switch devices that produce energy at a considerably higher rate, causing the pigment to dissolve.
It is essential that you visit well-trained and experienced laser technicians for Laser hair removal in Dubai, such as those at Reveal Medical Center, who can treat your tattoo safely. Depending on the size and placement of your tattoo, a template with a 2-3cm buffer will be placed over top to adequately protect you and your ink.
If you have any questions about laser hair removal treatment or tattoo removal, we recommend scheduling a complimentary consultation with one of the certified laser experts, who can assist you in developing a treatment plan that best meets your requirements and goals.