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Is it safe to IPL over tattoos?

It is not safe to IPL over tattoos, only the tattoo's immediate surroundings are covered. The larger the tattoo, the more difficult it is to remove hair using a laser.

Laser hair removal works by using wavelengths of light to target the melanin or pigment in the skin.

The hair follicle is attacked by this light energy, which prevents it from growing back.

Lasers cannot distinguish between the dark pigment in a hair follicle and the dark pigment in a tattoo.

To a laser, a dark color is a dark color. The dark color is automatically pulled to the laser light, which destroys it.

Unfortunately, laser hair technology that can distinguish between the two does not currently exist, but it may do so in the future.

It is best to avoid IPL hair removal on tattoos to prevent any scarring, burning or damage to the tattoo.

This article was written by practitioner and skincare specialist Faiy. 

 

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