Eyebrow Tattoo Removal or IPL to Fade Tattoo Away

There is a slight orangy outline left over from touch up over faded brown eyebrows. Will laser tattoo removal work, or can IPL (light therapy) fade the tattoo away, without down time? Would love to hear what your thoughts are. Thanks so much!

Doctor Answers 2

Laser removal of eyebrow tattoo

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Most cosmetic tattoos, such as those used to enhance the eyebrows, are composed of iron oxide pigments. As with all tattoos the best and safest method of removal is with a Q-switched laser. IPL treatment can overheat the skin and cause side effects.

Q-switched laser treatment of an orange color iron oxide tattoo will usually cause an immediate color conversion to a dark or black color (this is the result of a chemical alteration of the iron oxide material). Although the medical literature includes reports of such tattoos being difficult to remove, in my experience these tattoos are very responsive to Q-switched laser treatment and will fade satisfactorily after a few treatments.

Guilford Dermatologic Surgeon
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Laser tattoo removal of eyebrow color

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Laser can fade such pignment but there is a chance that the orange could turn darker and might need multiple treatments and sometimes it is difficult to fade this color.It's worthwhile to see a laser expert that has several lasers of different wavelengths.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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