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Will Laser Hair Removal Ruin A Tattoo?

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As life seems to get busier and busier these days, men and women everywhere are looking for ways to use their time more efficiently. Without a doubt, one of the most time-consuming daily tasks is getting rid of unwanted hair. Not only do shaving, waxing, plucking, and other hair removal methods take up countless hours each week, but they can also become quite costly to maintain. Fortunately, laser hair removal offers patients an effective, long-lasting, and life-changing way to regain precious time each day and feel more confident in their own skin. The expert team at Med Spa At Seena One, under the direction of board-certified physician Dr. Mukhtar Anees, is proud to offer cutting-edge laser hair removal in Burleson, TX for men and women looking to rid themselves of razors, stop throwing away time and money, and get the smooth, gorgeous skin they’ve always wanted.

With the increasing prevalence of tattoos, it is understandable for many laser hair removal patients to have questions about how the treatment may affect their ink and whether or not it is even possible to have performed. Read on to get the answers to all of your questions about Fort Worth, TX laser hair removal and tattoos.

Can I get laser hair removal with tattoos?

Patients with tattoos are certainly eligible to receive laser hair removal, but there are some things you need to know before undergoing treatment. First and foremost, laser hair removal cannot be performed on the area that is tattooed. If a patient has a tattoo on his or her arm but desires laser hair removal for their legs, there is no issue. However, if a patient has a tattoo across the chest and is interested in laser hair removal on the chest, it will be much more complicated.

The powerful and advanced technology used in hair removal lasers targets pigmentation deep in the hairs to damage and destroy the follicles. If the laser is used over an area that is tattooed, the pigment in the ink will be targeted, resulting in burning, pain, and severe skin damage. While laser hair removal in the vicinity of a tattoo is still possible and safe, the tattoo will be covered by the technician during treatment. Patients getting laser hair removal with tattoos should have realistic expectations for their treatment and understand that, while the surrounding area can be treated, the area of skin that is tattooed will not be. Most patients are still highly satisfied with their results and continue to shave or use other hair removal methods to address the small number of hairs that remain over their tattoos.

Does laser hair removal remove tattoos?

Some patients who are planning to remove their tattoos often ask whether or not laser hair removal will kill two birds with one stone. Unfortunately, this is not the case, as the technologies used for laser hair removal and tattoo removal are very different. The expert team at Med Spa At Seena One is dedicated to offering the latest, most cutting-edge, most effective laser treatments on the market and currently utilizes the Lumenis® LightSheer™ Duet laser for hair removal and the Lutronic Spectra™ system for laser tattoo removal. Both lasers are powerful and effective, though they have distinctly unique applications.

Patients considering both tattoo removal and laser hair removal are encouraged to pursue tattoo removal first. This will allow a greater area to be ultimately treated with laser hair removal. During your initial consultation, Dr. Anees and the knowledgeable laser team will customize a treatment schedule that helps you best achieve your ideal results.

Is laser hair removal permanent?

Laser hair removal is one of the most effective options for dramatic, long-lasting hair reduction. Most patients need about 4 – 5 treatment sessions spaced out about 3 – 4 weeks apart to achieve an optimal outcome. This ensures that hairs are treated during their active growth cycle, rather than the dormant phase. While some treated hair follicles may be permanently destroyed, others may be stubborn and require more treatments. In some cases, patients may have a few follicles that are never fully destroyed. For the most part, though, laser hair removal patients are able to achieve a significant reduction in the thickness, growth rate, and density of their hair that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

Am I a good candidate for laser hair removal in Fort Worth, TX?

To be considered for laser hair removal, patients should:

  • Be in good health
  • Not smoke
  • Have light, medium, or dark skin and hair
  • Have unwanted body or facial hair
  • Desire long-lasting results

Unlike some laser hair removal treatments, the Lumenis LightSheer Duet laser used by our providers is effective for patients of almost any skin tone and hair color. In general, patients with lighter skin and darker hair often see quicker results and require fewer treatment sessions than other patients, though almost anyone can achieve a dramatic reduction in hair growth with the powerful LightSheer laser.

To learn more about laser hair removal, including what your options are for hair removal with tattoos, call the friendly team at Med Spa At Seena One in Burleson, TX to schedule your in-person or virtual consultation with board-certified physician Dr. Mukhtar Anees today, and say goodbye to razors and unwanted hair once and for all!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.