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Can You Do Laser Hair Removal Over Tattoos?

Jul 15, 2023

Can You Do Laser Hair Removal Over Tattoos?

Looking for a way to get rid of pesky hair but concerned about the impact of laser hair removal on your tattoos? Can you do laser hair removal over tattoos? Let’s discuss this.

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Laser hair removal is a popular and effective way to eliminate unwanted hair nowadays. The light energy from the laser selectively damages the hair follicles in the skin, reducing the new hair growth. 

 Coming to can you do laser hair removal over tattoos?

We all love our tattoos and want the colour of their tattoo to last as long as it did in the first few weeks. Knowing that the hair removal laser targets pigment, one may be hesitant to undergo laser hair removal treatment if you have tattoos. 

So basically the verdict is: 

If you have tattoos, you can still undergo laser hair removal safely, but not on the tattooed areas!

For example, if you have a tattoo on your arm and want to undergo laser hair removal for your face – Sure no problem! You can safely have the treatment for your face. Coming to the arm with the tattoo ? – You can do laser for the surrounding areas without  the tattoo. 


The hair removal lasers target pigment in the hair follicles, hence they can target all coloured pigments. When a laser is used over a tattoo, the pigment in ink is also targeted, which can cause damage to the skin and the tattoo. This can lead to a range of issues, such as discolouration, fading, and scarring, which can significantly alter the appearance of the tattoo and skin.

Laser hair removal on tattoo

The tattoo can get faded, or there can be some colour change or worse it can cause skin damage and scarring. 

While laser hair removal cannot be performed directly on tattooed skin, treating the surrounding area safely is possible. During treatment, the dermatologist will cover the tattooed area with a protective material to prevent the laser from affecting the tattoo. The surrounding area can then be treated with the laser without any risk.

Visit ClearSkin today for more information and take a step towards your laser hair removal journey!

For treating your skin condition, feel free to get in touch with one of our best dermatologists in Pune. You can also call on +919584584111 to book an appointment at one of our skin clinics near you.


Dr Dhanraj Chavan

About the Author: Dr Dhanraj Chavan

Dr. Dhanraj Chavan is a globally trained, young, and dynamic dermatologist. He is a Consultant Dermatologist and Varicose Vein Specialist at Clear Skin, VeinMD, and HairMD.

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