Absolutely! Having a tattoo doesn’t exclude you from receiving laser hair removal treatment. However, the procedure should not be done directly on the tattooed area, and this also applies to areas with removed tattoos. The reason is that the laser specifically targets the pigment in your hair follicle to safely and effectively eradicate the hair from its root. Unfortunately, the laser is unable to distinguish between the pigment of ink and that of the hair follicle. Thus, if it’s performed on a tattooed area, the ink’s pigment could disperse and potentially cause a burn as it attempts to leave the skin.
If you’re contemplating getting a tattoo, it’s advisable to opt for laser hair removal beforehand. This gives you a “clean canvas,” so to say, over the desired area for tattooing. It is crucial to declare any existing or removed tattoos prior to commencing treatments.