It’s impossible to pinpoint the date of the first eyebrow tattoo, but it is agreed that cosmetic tattooing has existed for thousands of years. For example, a mummy from the Chinchorro region of South America, dated to around 2750 B.C.E., featured a thin tattooed mustache (apparently, the Rhett Butler style has always been a hit). Beginning in the 1920s, many women in the United States received cosmetic tattoos on their faces that resembled permanent blushes. 

Tattooed eyebrows became popular in the 1980s, which was rather a leap of faith for many women, considering that eyebrow shapes change each decade. In the 1980s, eyebrows were huge, untamed, and bushy (think Madonna – or Brooke Shields); in the 1990s, they were thin, and by the 2000s, the fashion was for overplucked, almost absent brows. Now, the style is for natural brows, especially those with “pops of skin” showing through. Dark and overfilled brows are out (for now – remember plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose!)

Why do people get eyebrow tattoos?

  • To fill in sparse brows caused by genetics
  • To hide the loss of hair because of chemotherapy 
  • To replace the absence of hair because of alopecia areata
  • To cover white spots caused by vitiligo
  • To compensate for intense overplucking 
  • To save time getting ready
  • To be able to forego makeup

Why do people want to remove eyebrow tattoos?

  • Popular eyebrow styles have changed
  • The person may want to update their look
  • Due to aging, the eyebrows no longer “match” the face
  • After a few years, the shape or color may be less sharp or start to fade
  • The person may never have been satisfied with the tattoo in the first place

Is it possible to remove an eyebrow tattoo in 2024?

Not only is it possible, but it is also easier than ever, thanks to advanced technology like the Quanta EVO and the PicoWay Laser. Here’s the process:

  1. First, book a free consultation to discuss your eyebrows and the entire laser tattoo removal process. 
  2. We will give you instructions at this time, but in general, avoid the sun (no tans or burns), avoid products that contain acids/retinol for a week prior, and don’t drink alcohol before your session. Also, make sure that you are healthy, well-rested, and well-hydrated.
  3. We will provide appropriate eye protection for you to wear during your treatment. (The sessions will be extremely short.)
  4. The laser will apply photothermal pulses that will shatter the ink particles in your eyebrow tattoo. Then, your lymphatic system will efficiently flush these minuscule pieces out of your body. 
  5. The outer layer of your skin will remain intact, and your actual eyebrow hairs will not be affected. 
  6. We can give you a close estimate of how many sessions you need at your consultation, but here is a guideline

Every person and every tattoo is different (yes, even an eyebrow tattoo). There are some cosmetic inks that cannot be fully removed, so ask our experts!

When you’re ready to look into professional laser eyebrow tattoo removal, you must find a professional and expert technician you can trust. Before committing to anything, you can come in for a free consultation here at Ink-B-Gone, the leading laser tattoo removers in Colorado. 

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