If you’ve got dark skin and have a tattoo you want gone, don???t worry. Laser tattoo removal on dark is possible, but there is differences in the procedure that you should be aware of.
Using the Right Laser
Not all lasers are universal for tattoo removal, and a certain wavelength is required to achieve a full removal. There are between 1 and 4 wavelengths doctors will choose to use, depending on your skin type.
The main 4 wavelengths are:
- Nd:Yag (1064 wavelength)
- Q-Switched Ruby (694 wavelength)
- Alexandrite (755 wavelength)
- Frequency-doubled (532 wavelength)
Why Is This Important?
This is important because the smaller the wavelength is, the more damage it can do to dark or black skinned individuals while removing tattoos. That is why dark or black colored skin should always be treated with the Nd:Yag (1064 wavelength). The 1064 will produce the least amount of collateral damage to the top layer of the skin, leaving minimal scarring, hyper and hypo pigmentation.
Risks For Tattoo Removal on Dark or Black Skin
- Hyper pigmentation ??? Darker colored spots in the skin that are darker than the natural skin.
- Hypo pigmentation ??? Lighter spots in the skin than the natural skin tone.
- Keloid Scars ??? Overgrowth of scar tissue at the site of the treatment.
Generally speaking, hyper or hypo pigmentation in the skin fades over time, however keloid scars do not.
How Can I Tell If the Procedure is Working?
You will begin to notice white bubbles forming on the top layer of the skin as the laser passes over the tattoo. This means its working!
Does Dark Skin Require More Tattoo Removal Sessions?
Dark or black skin will require a couple more tattoo removal sessions to be effective. This is because the darker skin tones contain a similar pigment to the colors in the tattoo ink.
At New Canvas, we can handle your tattoo removal needs no matter what skin tone you have. Our professional staff will ensure your complete comfort and satisfaction during any and all procedures. To find out more, visit our contact page.