Question about Laser Tattoo Removal: hello i had eyebrow tattoos done a few years ago q2220

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Dr. Gavin Chan

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
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Hello. I had eyebrow tattoos done a few years ago. Part of the tattoo was done above my normal brow line. My normal eyebrows started to grow back in and I wanted to have the tattoos removed. I had ruby laser treatment and the tattoo oxidised to a bluish/green colour. The clinic suggested carrying on with the Ruby laser treatment and I had one more session but the blue/green colour remains unchanged. I note from your website that you may suggest the use of an Erbium laser. Has this been reasonably successful?


We often use the erbium laser to remove cosmetic tattooing when oxidisation is a problem. Often we do this instead of using the traditional lasers used for tattoo removal (nd:yag / ruby). The erbium laser removes layers of skin and any ink in the skin. If the tattoo is deep, it may not reach the bottom layers.

It is likely that further Ruby laser treatments will remove the tattoo, but it may take many sessions and a lot of time.

Dr. Gavin Chan
Dr. Gavin Chan

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