Hello! This is Lynette Kennedy, FNP CLS, and I want to discuss an interesting topic, glow-in-the-dark tattoos. Glow-in-the-dark-tattoos have become more popular in recent years and also in the need for their removal. To the best of my knowledge we cannot at this time remove glow-in-the-dark tattoos. The type of pigment or color artists use in these tattoos have a metallic base to provide that intense visual effect. The metallic portion of this pigment apparently reflects the laser energy and does not allow the laser to properly break up the pigment in the tattoo because there is a lack of absorption.

I can tell you that to some extent I agree with this. The idea seems to make sense to me using very basic physics. However, there are ways in which I see colors that are more difficult to remove (such as bright green and blue) be removed by blistering and scabbing. Blistering and scabbing do not differentiate between colors but there has to be enough colors that absorb and are acoustically affected by the wavelength of light used in the laser to injure an area. Couldn’t glow-in-the-dark tattoos have enough pigment that absorbs well in the surrounding areas to lend to enough injury to blister or scab the metallic pigment out of the body? Hmm…I think this is an interesting idea but one I have not tested myself. I will let everyone know the most recent information on this topic as it becomes available. For now, it is safe to say there isn’t an easy way to remove glow-in-the-dark tattoos.

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