Laser Tattoo Removal Safe for Dark Skin?

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 tattoos1.

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.

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 600,000 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.2 Mild pigment issues related to the Q-switched Yag2 are well tolerated by our patients who feel it is more important to them to get the tattoo removed.

Laser Tattoo Removal Dark Skin
Citations
1. Leong, H., (2006). Treatment of acquired bilateral nevus of ota-like macules (Hori’s Nevus) with combination 532nm Q-switched Nd:YAG laser followed by 1064nm Q-switched Nd:YAG is more effective: Prospective Study. Dermatologic Surgery. 2006; 32: Pages 34-40. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1524-4725.2006.32004
2. Hutton, C., (2017). Tattoo removal by Q-switched yttrium aluminum garnet laser: client satisfaction. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. 2017; 31(5): Pages 904-909. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28107564
About the Author

Jay M. Kulkin, MD

Dr. Jay M. Kulkin is the Founder and Medical Director of WIFH. Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Kulkin was one of the first physicians in Georgia to use lasers in a surgical setting. He has more than 30 years of experience as a cosmetic laser specialist, and has trained numerous physicians around the United States and abroad on his surgical laser techniques. He has been a featured speaker on the safety and effectiveness of lasers for patients with dark skin types.