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Can I Get Laser Skin Treatments If I Have Permanent Makeup?

Let’s discuss laser skin treatment for people with tattooed skin.

What Is Laser Skin Treatment?

A device, which is usually handheld, emits focused and intense laser energy through a narrow passage. The laser energy burns off the upper layers of skin, leaving behind brighter, glowing skin. The laser also uses thermal energy to stimulate collagen production, which makes the skin firmer, smoother, and tighter.

How Do Laser Skin Treatments Work?

Laser skin treatments can be used to remove hair, tattoos, crows feet, and frown lines. Most people request laser skin treatments to improve the appearance of their skin and even out their complexion. In the case of laser hair removal, the laser relies on pigmentation contrast to differentiate between your skin and hair. The laser’s heat is absorbed by the more pigmented (darker) hair and “zaps” the hair follicle, destroying it. This stops the hair from regrowing.

How Can Laser Skin Treatments Affect Tattooed Skin?

Laser skin treatment can distort the appearance of your tattoos and permanent makeup–the reason being that the laser is drawn to more pigmented areas of your skin. Whether the tattoo is one color or multiple colors, the laser will become “confused” regarding where it should go and which areas it should target. For example, suppose you want laser hair removal on your arm and your arm has tattoos. In this case, the laser is more likely to warp the tattoo than remove your hair.

If you have permanent makeup around your eyes, it is particularly unwise to get laser skin treatments on your face. The laser will likely become attracted to the darker colors on your skin and cause distortion and possibly cause other eye problems, such as an eye infection.

Can Laser Skin Treatments Remove My Permanent Makeup?

Yes. If you want to get rid of your permanent makeup or tattooed skin, then laser skin treatment is a viable option.

Westchester Dermatology Offers Laser Skin Treatments in Los Angeles, CA

If you want to remove body hair or reduce the signs of aging or sun damage, then laser skin treatments are a good way to achieve long-lasting effects. However, if you have tattooed skin or permanent makeup, laser skin treatment can disfigure your skin or distort your makeup. However, laser skin treatment can also remove your tattoos if you’re ready for a change. For more information call 310-645-6001 and book a consultation.

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