Many lasers on the market, whilst effectively shattering the ink in dark skin tones can also effect the melanin in the skin, causing the colour to darken or lighten around the treated area.
Many tattoo removal clinics do not possess lasers which can provide safe treatment to darker skin tones. Ours does.
Risks associated with laser tattoo removal on dark or black skin
Regardless of whether your have dark or fair skin, the risks and side effects associated with laser tattoo removal are much the same.
Blistering, scabbing, swelling and itching are quite normal after treatment and are an indication that the treatment was successful and your immune system has started the healing process.
Skin colour does not have any bearing on pain levels, infection or muscle soreness.
However, if you have a darker skin tone, you might be more susceptible to hyperpigmentation (where patches of skin become darker in colour than the normal surrounding skin), hypopigmentation (loss of skin colour caused by the laser affecting the skin’s melanin levels) and keloid scarring (the formation of smooth, hard, benign growths that form when scar tissue grows excessively). The QX Max is recognised as a safe and effective laser for use on darker skin tones.
Will I need more sessions if I have dark skin?
Darker skin tones contain pigment colours similar to tattoo ink. Therefore, more sessions might be require to effectively remove a tattoo, especially those with darker ink. Understandably, the size of the tattoo will also have an affect on the amount of sessions as well.
We always apply a test patch prior to any treatment sessions. This ensures the settings on the laser are appropriate for your skin type and the fade of the tattoo.
We recommend a little longer between treatment sessions if you have a darker skin type. Most clients wait between 8 to 10 weeks between treatments (the shortest recommended period is between 6 to 8 weeks). We recommend at least 10 weeks between sessions as this will allow your body to process as much of the ink as possible by itself before further fracturing of the ink occurs through successive treatments. This ensures we are not over-treating your tattoo and increasing the chance of unwanted outcomes.
Whilst the process may take a little longer to achieve a complete removal, we recommend the slow but steady approach in order to avoid or minimise the unwanted side effects of hyper pigmentation, hypo pigmentation and keloid scarring.
Can the QX MAX safely remove ink from dark skin?
The QX Max laser is capable of delivering a 1064 nm wavelength, which is poorly absorbed by melanin, making this the only laser suitable for darker skin. It is the safest wavelength to use on darker skin tissue to the low melanin absorption and low haemoglobin absorption.
Whilst the QX Max may safely treat all common tattoo inks and colours, we recommend people with darker skin tones avoid the more aggressive wavelengths used for treating colours, such as 532 nm, 585 nm and 650 nm as these wavelengths carry with them a greater risk of hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation.
Example before and after photos
Here's a taste of the results you can get from treatment....The first photo is immediately before treatment, the second immediately after.
Now all our lovely client need do is sit back, relax and watch the fade over the coming weeks before his next treatment.
Immediately after treatment