Becoming the best version of oneself is a deeply personal choice. For some, it is a journey towards contentment and beauty, depending on how they define these ideals. One path in this journey is by way of cosmetic enhancements, for instance, having “perfectly shaped” brows. Thus, the significant popularity gained by eyebrow tattoos in recent years. 

However, there are people who may have been caught up in the eyebrow craze but are now looking for laser tattoo removal for various reasons. It’s understandable since pigments can fade or change over time, resulting in undesirable colours, or the shape of the tattoo becoming asymmetrical.

In this blog, we will tell you everything you need to know about eyebrow tattoo removal to help you make the right choices and pick the solutions that suit you best.   

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Understanding the Challenges of Eyebrow Tattoo Removal

Eyebrow tattoos are distinct from traditional tattoos for several reasons. While traditional tattoos are typically applied using a machine that penetrates deeper into the skin, eyebrow tattoos can be applied manually with a handheld tool, and in some cases, a machine may also be used. They use a specific pigment designed for semi-permanent results, which gradually fade over time, compared to traditional tattoos that have longer permanency. However, despite their semi-permanent nature, removing eyebrow tattoos can still be challenging.

Facial tattoos, including eyebrow tattoos, can be addressed through procedures such as PicoWay tattoo removal, tailored for facial applications. Special consideration is necessary to ensure a safe and effective procedure. The challenges associated with removing pigment in the facial area include:

  • Proximity to the Eyes. Since eyebrow tattoos are near the eye area, precision is crucial to ensure the safety of the eyes and surrounding tissues.
  • Thin and Sensitive Skin. The skin around the eyebrows is thin and sensitive, making it prone to damage and irritation. Therefore, the removal procedure must be performed with extreme care. Laser tattoo removal, like PicoWay, is designed to minimise discomfort and reduce the risk of scarring.
  • Hair Growth. Hair around the eyebrows complicates removal, requiring careful attention to avoid disrupting natural growth patterns. Laser tattoo removal for eyebrows targets the pigment without affecting the hair follicles, preserving the natural eyebrow hair. 

 

Step-By-Step Eyebrow Tattoo Removal Process

Step 1: Consult with a specialist before making a decision

Before you start the eyebrow tattoo removal process, consult with specialists, such as an Aesthetics Medicine practitioner, to discuss your medical history, and let them examine the overall condition of your tattoo, before anything else. 

Step 2: Learn more about the procedure 

Here at The Aesthetics Centre Singapore, we use the PicoWay laser for eyebrow tattoo removal. To target the tattoo pigment, the laser emits precise light energy just beneath the skin surface. This causes the pigment particles to break up into miniscule fragments, which are naturally flushed out by the body. Succeeding  treatment sessions are required to address the remaining larger ink particles, safely and efficiently. 

Step 3: Follow the pre-procedure instructions

To get the best experience with eyebrow tattoo removal, diligently apply sunscreen before going outdoors. This precaution helps prevent sunburns, which can complicate the laser treatment process. In addition, refrain from shaving and waxing your eyebrows and do not exfoliate around the area. Doing so ensures that the skin will not negatively react to the laser tattoo removal procedure. 

Step 4: Manage your expectations: Before Treatment

Before the session, your specialist will apply a topical numbing gel to minimise discomfort. You will also be made to wear eye protection to safeguard your eyes from the laser’s effects. Other pre-treatment preparations may be required as seen fit by your specialist. A cooling device or ice pack will also be applied immediately after the procedure, to alleviate discomfort. 

Step 5: Manage your expectations: After Treatment

The specialist will send you home  with thorough aftercare instructions, as well as antibacterial cream to prevent potential adverse reactions  and promote the healing of your eyebrows and surrounding areas. Here are some of those instructions:

  • Cleanse the treated area with mild soap and water, then pat dry with a clean towel. Avoid harsh scrubbing or rubbing the skin.
  • If instructed by your specialist, apply an antibacterial cream as directed.
  • Apply a soothing ointment recommended by your specialist to moisturise the area and promote faster healing.
  • Avoid picking or peeling scabs, as this can cause scarring and increase the risk of infection.
  • Refrain from using makeup until the area is fully healed.

 

Eyebrow Tattoo Removal: The Healing Process

The healing process typically spans several weeks after your initial treatment. Your specialist will evaluate your progress after each session and may suggest additional treatments to achieve your desired results. 

Risks associated with eyebrow tattoo removal include skin sensitivity, pigment variations, scarring, and hyperpigmentation. Following your specialist’s guidance is essential if you experience any of these issues. For immediate concerns, come in for a consultation right away.

Frosting” is a side effect of the procedure, but it does not always happen. In cases where frosting does occur, the treated area swells up and temporarily whitens in colour. Fortunately, this side effect subsides over time, although mild swelling and redness may persist in the days following treatment. 

Achieving complete removal of eyebrow tattoos usually requires multiple treatment sessions. You will be evaluated based on how your skin is responding to the treatment and further sessions will be recommended as necessary. Even after you are pronounced completely healed, protecting the treated area from excessive sun exposure remains essential. Regular application of sunscreen is advised.


Eyebrow Tattoo Removal: Results & Outcomes

Laser eyebrow tattoo removal results are contingent on several key factors, namely: 

  • Tattoo Age. Older tattoos generally respond more favourably to laser tattoo removal treatments due to natural fading. Conversely, newer tattoos may require multiple sessions to achieve complete removal.
  • Tattoo Colour. Different ink colours react differently to lasers. Dark colours like black and dark blue are typically easier to remove. Lighter shades like yellow and white may be more challenging and time-consuming to remove.
  • Skin Type. Skin tone and type play a crucial role in the effectiveness of laser tattoo removal. Individuals with lighter skin tones tend to see quicker results as the laser can target the ink without interference from skin pigments. Conversely, darker skin tones may require more sessions to avoid potential skin damage or discolouration.
  • Treatment Consistency. Regular and consistent treatment sessions are vital for optimal results. Following the recommended schedule and allowing adequate healing time between sessions can significantly improve the effectiveness of the removal process.

 

Eyebrow Tattoo Removal in Singapore

Last but not least, the skill and experience of the specialist, plus the clinic’s facilities, contribute greatly to successful eyebrow tattoo laser removal outcomes. 

Here at The Aesthetics Centre (TAC), our medical director, Dr. Anita Soosay is a certified laser physician since 2007, with experience in operating a number of ablative and non-ablative lasers such as the CO2 laser, Q-switched Nd-YAG, long-pulsed Nd-YAG, Diode and Copper Bromide laser.  She also uses intense pulsed light, radio frequency and infrared technologies in her array of non-invasive medical aesthetics treatments. The clinic offers PicoWay Tattoo Removal, known for its precision in targeting a wide range of tattoo colours and skin types. 

Take the first step towards your self-care and beauty goals by booking a consultation or contacting us at +65 6820 3308 or +65 6820 3309. Discover personalised treatment plans suited to your unique needs. Your transformation starts here! 

 

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