Traditional methods of hair removal can often be time-consuming. Waxing, shaving, threading, and using depilatory creams take up much time and energy, and many of them only end up with temporary results.
The technology of today, however, offers a better alternative that allows for permanently smooth, hair-free skin and less pain — laser hair removal.
But what about your beloved Tattoo?
People who get tattoos often take great pride in them and want to keep the colour as vibrant as it was in the first weeks.
If you are a Tattooed individual, then, understandably you might be wary about getting laser hair removal procedure.
As you know, typically, tattoos are removed via laser, so it’s a reasonable assumption that laser hair removal treatments may damage your tattoo as well.
We’re here to help answer your questions about laser hair removal and tattoos!
Carry on reading to learn more about laser hair removal and tattoos.
FIRST: HOW DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK?
Laser hair removal is a procedure that utilises a concentrated beam of light. This laser light damages your hair follicles, minimising and delaying future hair growth. You would need to undergo at least six treatments (and the odd maintenance treatment down the line) to enjoy its full results.
Still, after your sessions are over, you no longer have to worry about regular hair removal and hair regrowth!
For more details, read our post on how laser hair removal work.
NEXT, DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK FOR EVERYONE?
People who have light skin and dark hair are the ideal candidates for laser hair removal.
Keep in mind that it’s not recommended for areas on the body that have tattoos. Since the laser is used on the skin, it gets attracted to the ink.
It may result in damaging consequences through excessive production of heat.
People with tattoos can experience burns, blisters, fading, or even distortion of their body art. If you want to take the risk, the practitioners would have to approach the area cautiously and avoid any direct reaction with the ink.
DOES LASER HAIR REMOVAL WORK THE SAME AS LASER TATTOO REMOVAL?
Quick answer: no. The two treatments are very different from each other and involve lasers of varying intensities.
Although the laser used in hair removal treatments is different from the ones used in tattoo removals, it’s still capable of impacting the ink. Even, it cannot be utilised for the same purpose.
If you want to go through both laser tattoo removal and laser hair removal, you must first undergo the tattoo removal treatments. Once your skin has healed, and the Tattoo is considerably gone, only then can you proceed with your hair removal treatments.
For a detailed explanation on how tattoos work we recommend reading that post on the Popular Science website.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET LASER HAIR REMOVAL WITHOUT DAMAGING THE TATTOO?
Yes, but the procedure is tricky.
The laser technician will have to make a template to cover the tattooed area, so it doesn’t come in contact with the laser. They will also ensure that there are at least two to three centimetres of the distance between the treated parts and the Tattoo. This protects the art and avoids the risk of incurring blisters.
I trust this answer’s your will laser hair removal damage a tattoo question?
Just to be clear, if you have a tattoo on your arm for example and you want your underarm hair removed, then there are no issues. If you wish to hair removed in the same area as your tattoo, then a trained professional will not let the laser directly go over your Tattoo and ruin the Tattoo. Laser hair removal cannot be completed over the Tattoo without a template to cover it, and the laser must work around it!
CAN YOU GET A TATTOO AFTER LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Yes, for sure. There are no issues with you having laser hair removal before getting a tattoo. Bear in mind your treatment with laser hair removal takes 6-8 sessions, with a week or two between each session. Therefore it’s best to wait, or not get a tattoo in the same area as your hair removal treatment until your course of hair removal is completed.
WHAT HURTS MORE, LASER HAIR REMOVAL OR TATTOO?
The pain or sensation from laser hair removal is often described as an elastic band snapping against the skin.
In comparison to having a Tattoo, the pain difference is chalk and cheese. Getting a Tattoo is far more painful than laser hair removal.
But with both, it does also depend on the area of the body where the pain and the sensation are more or worse.
Before pushing through with the treatment, however, know that you should consult with a trained and experienced hair removal expert so that they can assess your situation and customise an appropriate course of action before proceeding with the treatment.
Don’t make the mistake of going with amateurs or ill skilled as you’re only increasing your risk for burning skin, which cannot be re-inked afterwards.
Whatever you decide, you should only trust competent practitioners to ensure that your Tattoo will be taken care of and that your hair will be removed safely.
Here at CALVEO, we offer high-quality hair removal services with superior results that you can enjoy for years to come. We use a clinically proven diode laser technology that is both comfortable and effective. Book a free consultation with us today.