Different Skin Types & Ethnicities
Skin color, ethnicity and sensitivity to the sun are all important factors when deciding which laser, wavelength and technique to use for tattoo removal. If an inexperienced laser technician uses the wrong wavelength on darker skin, it can result in a form of scarring called hyper-pigmentation. This means there is a white "ghost image" left where the tattoo used to be. Clean Slate Laser has years of experience and has performed thousands of successful tattoo removal proceedures on medium to dark skin without scarring or hypopigmentation.
Our Proven Approach to Dark Skin Tattoo Removal
Clean Slate Laser has the technology and experience needed to treat all skin types. We use a variety of different lasers and wavelengths that enable us to treat a variety of skin types and ink colors without damaging the surrounding pigment. We use a medical analysis tool known as a Fitzpatrick Scale to identify your skin type and sensitivity to light. If we are unsure of how your skin will react to a specific wavelength, we will laser a tiny free test spot to see how your skin reacts before lasering your entire tattoo. Our experience based, but conservative approach to tattoo removal has helped us to remove countless tattoos from darker skinned clients without scarring or hyper-pigmentation.
Example of hyper-pigmentation:
A form of scaring where the actual skin pigment is removed along with the tattoo ink (This is NOT one of our clients!!!)
Tattoo removal lasers are designed to be attracted to pigment/melanin. Certain lasers and wavelengths CANNOT make the distinction between the ink pigment in a tattoo and the melanin pigment in the skin. The bottom line is, make sure you go to someone with specific experience with tattoo removal on medium to dark skin. And if you are not sure… DO A TEST SPOT first!