Red Ink on Darker Skin Types – Laser Tattoo Removal
Red ink can be more difficult to remove on darker skin tones because the laser used in tattoo removal targets pigment, and the color red absorbs light differently than other colors. Specifically, red ink and warm ink tones require a specific wavelength of light to be absorbed by the ink particle, which also happens to be heavily absorbed by melanin and melanocytes as well, which causes the damage we see when treating red ink with lasers (i.e. hypopigmentation and scarring).
This makes it more challenging to target with the laser without also affecting the surrounding skin. As a result, it is generally recommended that people with darker skin tones avoid getting tattoos with red ink in the first place, or at least be aware that red ink may be more challenging to remove with laser tattoo removal.
Alternative Methods May Work Better
Other removal methods, such as microdermabrasion with Tatt2Away®, may be more effective for removing red ink tattoos on darker skin tones.