Imagine that and you want to get laser hair removal. Perhaps you are tired of waxing and shaving. Perhaps you have an excessive amount of hair on your body. Whatever your reason, you want to get it removed. However, you have a tattoo on the place from which you want to have hair removed and you aren’t sure if it is safe to go through with hair removal. If you are concerned, here are some things to keep in mind:
1. Tattoos do not stop hair growth
When you first get your tattoo, the artist will shave the spot you are getting inked. This is so that they can clearly see the skin and make your tattoo as beautiful as possible. However, eventually, as your tattoo heals, hair will start growing back over the ink.
2. Many people report that hair growth does slow after they have been tattoo’d
That is not to say that this is a definite. Theoretically, if your tattoo heals all the way, so too will the hair follicles on the area that has been inked. However, there is a possibility that these follicles will not completely heal. Damaged hair follicles would simply slow or stop the growth of hair in that area meaning you may not need laser removal over this specific area as any hair may be less noticeable.
3. Lasers are also used to remove tattoos
Hair removal has one big thing in common with tattoo removal and that is lasers. Lasers are used to take away hair as well as tattoos. This is not necessarily a problem. Skilled technicians such as those at SeaMist MedSpa will not put their lasers over your tattoo if it is avoidable. However, they will not be able to remove hair directly from a patch of skin that is tattooed without it possibly causing discoloration.
4. Dark colors absorb more light
The reason this happens is the same reason why it is inadvisable to wear dark colors in summer. The laser beam, like sunlight, is more readily absorbed and turned into heat when it hits dark colors. If you have a tattoo that has a lot of black on a location where you want to get laser hair removal this could be a problem. If the laser gets too close to the ink, it could fade your tattoo.
The best way to avoid any issues with your laser hair removal is to think carefully about where on your body you get your tattoo. If you already have a tattoo and are considering laser hair removal in RI, speak to one of our technicians at SeaMist MedSpa for advice.