I have recently completed a course in scalp micropigmentation. One of the procedures involves shading the scalp with pigment. We were told that should the client want it removed, or go completely bald, a laser could remove the tattoo pigment. I am concerned about its safety on the whole head What are your thoughts?
Scalp Micropigmentation and Removing Tattoo Ink from the Scalp by Laser?
Doctor Answers 3
Laser for tattoo removal
There are different tattoos that target pigment. You have to know the color you're going after, the depth, and if there will be collateral damage-specifically surrounding hairs. Typically SMP pigment is placed superficially so those deep hair follicles are not in the line of fire. However, some Q-switch lasers leave behind scattered pigment and make a blushed-gray/black color. Be careful with having to go to laser to correct pigment and only use it under worse case scenarios-understanding you cannot go back to square one of normal appearing skin.
Nikki D. Hill, MD
It is not all true
If your client wants SMP removed that is a failure.
SMP should be done with an understanding that it is permanent like a tattoo.
It generally cannot be removed.
It is very difficult to remove SMP from the entire head.
For example pigment containing Iron Oxide cannot be easily removed
Certain SMP colors cannot be removed well.
Doctors can SURGICALLY remove them as we have on many BAD SMP from other clinics.
Those SMP were not able to be removed with any laser.