Can You Remove Blue or Black Tattoo Ink in a Region Covered by Hair with a Ruby Laser Without Damaging the Hair Follicles?

I am told this cosmetic tattoo is more permanent than "permanent makeup" but at a shallower depth of the dermis than a true tattoo done in a tatto parlor.

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Damage to Hair Follicles from Tattoo Removal

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Tattoo removal is performed using Q-switched lasers.  These lasers are capable of causing injury to the hair follicle and decreased hair growth.  Usually the hair will grow back because these lasers are not designed for permanent hair removal.  (Technically speaking, the pulse duration is too short to permanently damage the hair follice).  Tattoo removal requires multiple treatment sessions and there is a higher risk of affecting hair growth the greater the number of treatment sessions. 


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