We recently posted about how to learn what your skin type is and how this affects your response to laser tattoo removal. While pale skin responds best to laser tattoo removal, it is important to remember that removal is possible for all skin types. In this post we will discuss special considerations for those with darker skin tones, specifically those who have a level 5 or a level 6 skin tone on the Fitzpatrick Scale.
Many believe that laser tattoo removal is not possible for people with a darker skin tone. Still others believe that there are higher risks of pigmentation problems and scarring for those with darker skin. These issues can and do occur, but they can be easily avoided by choosing an experienced laser technician, such as Dr. Brotzman, that is familiar working with different skin types.
What are the risks associated with laser tattoo removal on a darker skin tone?
In general, the risks associated with laser tattoo removal on darker skin are the same as the risks for those with lighter skin. Risks include redness, swelling, itching, scabbing, and blistering and can happen to all types of skin tones.
There can be a higher risk for pigment changes (hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation) or scarring. Using an appropriate laser setting minimizes these risks. It is important that people with darker skin tones follow the appropriate aftercare protocol, keep the tattoo out of the sun, drink lots of water and exercise.
If you have a darker skin tone and are interested in getting your laser tattoo today, Remove a Tattoo is an excellent choice for the best results. Dr Brotzman has experience removing tattoos on a variety of skin types and can answer any questions you may have about laser tattoo removal. Remove a tattoo is a laser tattoo removal clinic, located in Glendale, serving the Greater Milwaukee Area.