Not all lasers are created equal. Many laser tattoo removal places don’t have the expertise or equipment to offer safe laser tattoo clearing on dark skin—leaving unwanted scars, blisters or loss of pigment.
Our laser technology is the most advanced on the market designed so that tattoo removal for dark skin is a safe and effective option to clear ink without damaging the skin’s natural melanin.
During your consultation, our experts will use the Fitzpatrick scale to identify your skin tone and adjust the laser settings for your treatment.*
We can treat black ink on all skin tones, however we can only safely treat coloured inks on Fitzpatrick 1-3 skin types. At the moment, there are limitations on safely treating coloured inks on darker, Fitzpatrick 4-6 skin types as the laser can damage the melanocytes and cause permanent scarring called hypopigmentation. We’re working hard with our physicists to reach a breakthrough on treating coloured inks across all skin types.
Consult our experts so we can have a look at your specific tattoo and recommend a treatment course that is right for you and your skin.
*Your skin type might not fit neatly into any of these descriptions and that’s okay, people aren’t meant to fit into boxes. Speak to one of our experts and we’ll advise a treatment plan tailored to you and your skin.
We welcome and are able to treat all skin types at NAAMA. We are interested in the skin tone of the tattoo area as there are some restrictions on the combination of the tattoo ink colour and skin tone. In the chart below you can check that we can treat the combination of your tattoo area, skin type and tattoo colour.
If you would like to speak to one of our experts you can request a callback here.
How long do you have to wait between sessions?
The LightSense laser system causes no lasting skin damage and requires little downtime. Most clients are therefore able to return for treatments every 3-5 weeks, rather than 8-12 weeks with older technologies.
How do different inks respond to treatments?
There are thousands of tattoo inks in circulation today.
Many are produced by qualified ink manufacturers that reputable tattoo artists and studios will use or mix with other inks to expand their colour palette, whilst others might be homemade - such as melting plastics or pen ink.
Unfortunately, unless you know the specific ink used in your tattoo, it can be something of a mystery. Most inks respond well to laser treatment, namely those that are produced by qualified manufacturers and used as intended; however, should your tattoo contain a resistant chemical - for example, a harsh plastic or undiluted acrylic - it may take a lot longer to respond to treatment.
In severe cases, some inks may not respond to laser removal at all. Inks that don’t respond to tattoo removal are often referred to as “stubborn” and, because of the specific composition of the ink, can take a very long time to remove. Be sure to tell your NAAMA Consultant as much as you can about the tattoo artist, the studio and the ink related to your tattoo.
Does it hurt?
Pain really varies from person to person - what one person finds mildly unpleasant, another will find unbearably painful. Our laser is much more gentle on the skin than older technologies meaning that many of our customers say that it is less painful than getting a tattoo. Our unique technology uses less energy, meaning less pain.
What is the Fitzpatrick scale?
The Fitzpatrick scale is a numerical classification from 1 to 6 of human skin colours. We use this to assess the skin type of a person which allows us to create a bespoke treatment plan for a safe removal.