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Are you pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant, and also considering laser tattoo removal? If so, you’re also probably wondering whether that’s a safe thing to do. Our certified laser tattoo removal technicians are sometimes asked about this so we wanted to take the opportunity to provide a thorough answer here on our blog.

If you are pregnant, congratulations! It’s a very exciting time. Unfortunately, at Bare Tattoo Removal’s locations in the South Loop of Chicago and Munster, Indiana, our medical director’s policy is to defer treatments on patients until after they have given birth and are finished breastfeeding. This is for the utmost safety of both the mother and baby and to ensure that both a healthy pregnancy and successful tattoo removal are achieved.

Why can’t you receive laser treatments while pregnant or breastfeeding?

We know this may be disappointing news since it will delay the removal of your unwanted tattoo. Laser tattoo removal has been around for decades (read a peer-reviewed study that discusses the history of laser tattoo removal here) and our clinical team is unaware of any healthcare-related issues arising to either mother or baby from tattoo removal while pregnant or breastfeeding. However, out of an abundance of caution for both mother and baby, it is against our policy to perform laser treatments in these cases.

One reason we don’t perform treatments during this time is that each tattoo can use different ink and patients rarely know what ingredients are in their tattoo. Given these unknowns and our policy that, at Bare Tattoo Removal, we put our patient’s safety first, treating while pregnant or breastfeeding is simply a risk that we don’t feel comfortable taking.

How does laser tattoo removal work?

The brief description of the biological process is simply that a specially designed Nd: YAG “Q-switched” laser shatters the tattoo ink into small pieces. The body then naturally processes the ink through the lymphatic system. You can learn more about how laser tattoo removal works here.

Both our South Loop of Chicago office and Munster, Indiana office have the best laser tattoo removal technology to safely and effectively remove your unwanted ink as quickly as possible.

What should you do if you’re pregnant and considering laser tattoo removal?

If you are currently considering getting pregnant, we would simply advise you decide whether removing your tattoo is a higher priority than having a child at this time. The answer varies from patient to patient.

If you are trying to get pregnant or discover you are pregnant while undergoing laser tattoo removal treatments, just advise your provider of the news and postpone treatments until after you’ve given birth and are finished breastfeeding your baby.

For answers to additional questions on this topic or other health-related aspects of tattoo removal, you can reach us at info@BareTattooRemoval.com.