Can laser tattoo removal cause cancer?

February 23, 2023

Author: Jamie Tomlinson

Laser tattoo removal is the most common and effective method for removing tattoos. However, it does raise the question; can laser tattoo removal cause cancer?

The answer is no!

The popularity of tattoos has grown in recent years, we can see that right? But for many people, getting a tattoo is not always a lifelong commitment. It is estimated that up to 25% of people with tattoos will want them removed at some point.

How laser tattoo removal works?

Laser tattoo removal works by using high-energy laser beams to break down the ink particles in the skin. The laser tattoo removal specialist makes sure to use the correct wavelength setting to carry out an effective treatment.

After that the body gets to work by flushing out the shattered ink. This means the laser effectively targets the tattoo without damaging the surrounding skin.

There is currently no evidence to suggest that laser tattoo removal causes cancer. The laser used in tattoo removal is not strong enough to damage DNA or cause mutations. Which are the underlying causes of cancer. In fact, there is no evidence of an increased risk of cancer in over two decades of laser tattoo removal.

It is important to note that the risk of developing cancer is influenced by many factors, such as genetics, lifestyle choices, and exposure to environmental toxins.

The lasers used in tattoo removal do not emit UV rays. There is a higher risk of getting cancer from the sun rather than laser tattoo removal.

Common side effects 

However, it is important to note that laser tattoo removal can cause some side effects, such as skin irritation, redness, and blistering. These side effects are usually temporary and go away within a few days if the proper aftercare is followed. Scarring is very rare. And in most cases getting the tattoo itself can lead scarring. 

Get advice

Laser tattoo removal is safe and effective in getting rid of an unwanted tattoo. However, it is always important to discuss any concerns with a medical professional. Furthermore a trained tattoo removal specialist will be able to talk you through any common side effects and risks involved in laser tattoo removal.

They will make sure to advise you on the best next steps to receiving the most effective tattoo removal treatment with low chance of any side effects.

We are here to answer any tattoo removal related questions. Get in touch today to book a free consultation

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