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Does Laser Hair Removal Affect Your Tattoo?

If you have tattoos on your body and are considering getting laser hair removal, you may wonder whether the laser will impact the visibility of the tattoo. A common misconception is it’s not possible to get a laser hair removal treatment in an area where there’s a tattoo. While this may be true in some situations, it’s not exactly a black and white topic of discussion. Most medical professionals will prefer not to treat an area with a tattoo, and definitely not directly over a tattoo. A consultation with your medical professional will determine whether they are comfortable in doing so and how effective they anticipate the treatment being.

Tattoos Can Be Affected By Laser Hair Removal Treatments

The location of the tattoo makes a difference in how much the colors are affected after getting the best laser hair removal treatment. If you have a tattoo on your neck and shoulders and want to get a back hair removal treatment, the tattoo probably won’t be affected at all. But if you have a tattoo that covers the majority of your back, then you likely won’t be able to get a laser hair removal treatment.

Medical Professionals Can Protect The Tattoo

In order to protect the tattoo from being impacted at all by the laser hair removal process, your medical professional may cover it up to protect the integrity of the ink. This will allow them to complete the treatment everywhere else on the body without having to worry about damaging the tattoo. Of course, some medical professionals will choose not to treat any area on the body where a tattoo is present, so discussing exactly what you want to achieve is important to do upfront.

Treatments Can’t Be Combined

In a situation where you want a tattoo to be removed, as well as the hair in the same area to be removed, you may think the treatments can be combined. This likely isn’t going to work and you’ll need to get separate treatments. Start with removing the tattoo through a laser tattoo removal treatment and then you can get a laser hair removal treatment once it has been eliminated. If your goal is to remove both your tattoo and your hair, be sure to let your medical professional know ahead of time so they can put together the safest and most effective plan.


Skin Deep Laser Services tries to accommodate every request they can from their clients in Washington DC, Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria, VA. We need to know exactly what your goals and desired outcomes are before we even get started, which is why we offer a free consultation for our clients. We understand there may be plenty of concerns about getting a laser hair removal treatment in the area of a tattoo, so contact us today to see what your options are.

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