Is Laser Hair Removal Safe if you have Tattoos?

by Laser Clinics Team on October 06, 2023

Is Laser Hair Removal Safe if you have Tattoos?

Laser hair removal is a popular choice for individuals looking to get rid of unwanted body hair. It's a convenient and effective method, but what if you have tattoos? Many people wonder if laser hair removal is safe when you have tattoos. In this blog, Laser Clinics Australia will explore this question and provide you with some important information to consider. 

Understanding How Laser Hair Removal Works

Laser hair removal uses concentrated beams of light to target and damage hair follicles, inhibiting future hair growth. The laser emits a specific wavelength of light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair follicles. This targeted approach makes it effective in reducing hair growth over time. 

At Laser Clinics Australia, we use the world’s most efficient hair reduction system - the Candela GentleLase Pro and GentleYag Pro. This laser hair removal technology is safe to use on any part of the body and is suitable for different skin types. 

Can I have Laser Hair Removal over the Top of Tattoos?

Opting for laser hair removal over tattoos is not advisable. Laser hair removal is a treatment designed to eliminate hair, and exposing your tattoos to this type of laser can potentially result in significant damage, such as reducing colour in your tattoo, or can even cause the pigment to scatter. 

If you have a forearm tattoo but desire laser hair removal for your underarms, you can typically get a laser hair removal treatment. However, you cannot undergo laser hair removal  if your tattoo is on your thigh or calf, and you want a full-leg laser hair removal. Depending on the size and placement of your tattoo, Laser Clinics Australia can only treat around the tattooed areas with a gap of 3 cm. 

To find out if you’re a good candidate for a laser hair removal treatment, reach out to Laser Clinics Australia. Our trusted team of Therapists are highly skilled to safely treat around your tattoo. We can also tailor a treatment plan based on your skin type. Book a complimentary consultation with us today!