Women may choose to get permanent (cosmetic) makeup for lots of reasons, including being able to avoid the hassle of applying eyeliner or lipstick, or to have enhancement of their eyebrows, etc. Many love it. Some do not, either because their needs have changed or perhaps the technician did not do such a good job. Whatever the reason, women wishing to get rid of their permanent makeup, especially eyebrows, may seek help from a laser tattoo removal clinic. This is very appropriate as permanent make is a cosmetic tattoo.
So can lasers remove permanent tattoos? Most likely, yes. But there are some caveats that one needs to consider before embarking on this journey. Dark eyebrow tattoos are usually not difficult to remove, but as with typical tattoos, it will likely require multiple treatments. Treatment for black eyebrow permanent makeup is with a Nd:YAG 1064 laser, much like a typical black tattoo. Light colored ink such as white, pink or flesh colored can contain iron or titanium oxide. When this ink is struck by the laser light it can turn the tattooed area dark. This is why with light colored permanent makeup a test spot should be done to see how the ink responds to the laser. Even if the treated area turns dark, it will usually respond well to treatments with the 1064 laser. If you do not anticipate this reaction before starting it can be distressing to the patient if it occurs. Full informed consent prior to treatment is important. Another infrequent, but possible, complication of treating eyebrows is regrowth of the eyebrow hairs could be impeded by laser treatment. If the patient had the eyebrows done because they did not have hair growth in the first place, this may be a moot issue. Having patient’s understand the possible risks and benefits of permanent makeup laser tattoo removal is important for patient satisfaction and setting reasonable treatment expectations.