Does Tattoo Removal Remove Hair?

Does Tattoo Removal Remove Hair?

Whether laser tattoo removal affects hair is a genuine concern for many people wishing to undergo the procedure. The issue here is in understanding the difference in the technology behind lasers for hair and tattoo removal.

Both techniques have different applications. Most people wishing to remove tattoos from areas with hair tend to procrastinate their sessions because of fear of hair loss. Here are how the two processes differ.



Laser hair removal procedures aim at targeting and damaging hair follicles. Doing this helps achieve permanent removal results. Tattoo removal lasers target the different pigments in the tattoo ink. Your hair and tattoo’s dye lie on separate layers of the skin. Removal of the tattoo does not damage or permanently affect hair growth in the area.


Skin Layers

The skin is the largest organ in the body and consists of three layers—dermis, epidermis, and hypodermis. The hypodermis is the deepest layer and comprises connective tissue and body fat. The dermis is the middle layer where you find the sweat glands and hair follicles. The topmost and protective surface is the epidermis.

Tattoo ink and hair follicles lie on the dermis layer but at different levels. The dermis comprises two layers, the reticular and papillary dermis. Tattoos are visible from the skin because they lie on the papillary layer. It is the top layer of the dermis that intertwines with the epidermis.

Body hair grows from both the epidermis and dermis layers. They provide additional protection to your skin. During hair removal, the lasers target the hair follicles in the reticular dermis. It is only a minuscule distance from the papillary layer where tattoo ink settles. However small the space may seem, they are worlds apart during laser tattoo removal.



The lasers for tattoo and hair removal are different in terms of wavelengths. For those who do not understand them, these measurements may look confusing. The standard measuring unit of laser wavelengths is nanometers. These differentiate the two lasers and the settings you need to remove various pigments from the skin. The most common ones range from 1,064 to 532 nanometers.


Why the Difference in Wavelengths?

Wavelengths for hair removal may also fall within this range. For instance, the caregiver can use a wavelength of 755 nanometers to remove both tattoos and hair. However, the duration of the pulse in each of the treatments is different.

In hair removal, the pulse interval is much longer than in tattoo removal. The long intervals enable the laser to reach deeper into the skin to reach the hair follicles. Doing this allows the laser technician to target various areas of your dermis without injuring the epidermis.



There are few cases of effects on hair growth after a tattoo removal treatment. If the treatment area has hair, the technician may shave it to see the tattoo edges. Tattoos on the chest or scalp may need to stay bare throughout treatment. However, some hair loss after treatment is natural. It will grow back after the completion of treatment. The growth may be slower than in adjacent areas.

For more on the effects of tattoo removal and hair loss, visit at our offices in Stockton, California. Call (209) 323-8332 to book an appointment today.


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