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May 5, 2022 10:19 · 3min read

Laser tattoo vs laser hair removal - what’s the difference?

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A lot of cosmetic procedures these days use laser technology, so it’s common to have questions about whether the same laser can be used for different treatments, or whether you can have laser hair removal and laser tattoo removal on top of each other.

But first, let’s look at what each procedure involves, because there is a difference between laser hair removal and laser tattoo removal.

What is laser tattoo removal?

Laser tattoo removal is a procedure that uses a laser to directly target the ink in your skin, breaking it down so your body can flush away the particles.

What is laser hair removal?

Whilst laser hair removal also uses a laser in the procedure, it targets hair follicles at the root. This makes it difficult for the hair to grow.

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Every person and every tattoo is unique, so everyone reacts differently to treatment.

Can laser hair removal be used to remove tattoos?

The main difference in laser tattoo removal vs. laser hair removal is that the lasers are of different intensities. This means that the same laser can’t be used for these two different treatments.

However, if you have a tattoo and want to have laser hair removal over the top, there are some caveats.

What happens if you laser hair removal over a tattoo?

Your laser hair removal technician won’t use the laser over your tattoo. This is because there’s a chance that the laser beam will affect the tattoo, even though it can’t remove it completely.

For this reason, your laser technician will avoid your tattooed area, as well as the two to three centimetres of skin surrounding your tattoo.

If your technician accidentally lasers your tattoo whilst removing your hair, it can potentially lead to burns and blistering, and distort your tattoo.

However, it’s entirely possible to get a tattoo on an area of skin that you’ve had laser hair removal on, but it is best to wait until your skin has completely healed from the laser removal treatments before you get a new tattoo.

Laser tattoo removal at NAAMA

At NAAMA, we use a unique laser technology that is pinpoint accurate, gentle and skin-safe, so you can be confident about your results. Our revolutionary treatment means there is less downtime between removal sessions, unlike older technologies, leading to a complete removal in months, not years.

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