Is Laser Tattoo Removal Safe for Dark Skin?

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Published on Dec 15, 2020 By: WIFH Staff

Yes, Dark Ink Can Be Removed from Dark Skin Types

People with dark skin types can easily have their tattoos removed. However, while researching laser tattoo removal, men and women of color should be aware of some special considerations.

Laser Tattoo Removal Dark Skin

Black and red tattoos do quite well. Light colors like sky blue, lavender, yellow or green require the use of a different laser than black tattoos[20].

We choose not to use these lasers on dark skin as we know they will cause pigment issues with the skin. We have seen too many people from other facilities that come to us with skin pigment issues as a direct result of these color specific lasers being used.

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Trust WIFH’s Experience with Treating Dark Skin

At WIFH we want patients to be aware of all the benefits and risks of any procedure we offer. While we have done over 1.25 million laser hair removal procedures on dark skin without a burn, it is because we know exactly how to use the Yag laser for this purpose.

For tattoos on dark skin, we use a Q-switched Yag which too, is safe for the skin[57]. Mild pigment issues related to the Q-switched Yag[57]are well tolerated by our patients who feel it is more important to them to get the tattoo removed.

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Regan Kudlata, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Regan Kudlata is a licensed Family Nurse Practitioner and a Senior Cosmetic Laser Practitioner licensed by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. Regan has more than 20 years of laser experience in laser hair removal, tattoo removal, skin rejuvenation, treatment of veins and skin lesions, IPL and SculpSure at WIFH. She also holds an advanced injector certification and has more than 18 years of experience with Botox and dermal fillers.