As common as tattoos have become in our society, there are millions of people who have at least one tattoo they wish were no longer there. The developments that have occurred in laser technology now allow dermatologists to help their patients regain clear, un-inked skin in a short amount of time with minimal chance of scarring. Laser tattoo removal provides a comfortable alternative to treatments such as dermabrasion, chemical peels, and surgery, options that carry a high risk of scarring. These treatments were popular before the development of laser therapies.
How laser tattoo removal works
Lasers are ideal for the removal of unwanted tattoos. We are proud to offer tattoo removal with the PicoSure device. The ultra-short pulses emitted by this device go beyond photothermal activity and actually have a strong photomechanical impact on unwanted ink. Patented PressureWave™ technology has been shown more disruptive to pigment beneath the skin, leading to faster results in fewer treatment sessions. PicoSure is effective on a wide variety of pigments, including those which are notoriously challenging, such as green and blue hues. Whether your ink is new or old or even if it has been treated previously, you can expect a good response to PicoSure picosecond technology.
Our FDA-cleared PicoSure device has an additional application, the focus lens array. On this setting, the device can be used to treat concerns such as acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, melasma, lentigo, and sun damaged skin.
What to expect
Laser tattoo removal begins with the cleansing of the skin. The laser is quite gentle on the skin, feeling like small snaps from a rubber band. Many patients are able to sit through treatments without anesthetic, though some of our patients choose to have anesthesia injections for total comfort. You can discuss your wishes with our staff before treatment. It is our goal to achieve your desired outcome while keeping you comfortable in the process.
As the laser device is moved over the surface of the tattoo, laser energy is directed towards the tattoo. The amount of time needed for each treatment session will depend on the size of the tattoo. After the area has been treated, we will apply ointment and a protective dressing to preserve moisture in the treated skin.
Immediate side effects from treatment may occur, but will last only a short time. Common sensations experienced with laser tattoo removal include tenderness, swelling, redness, itching or a sunburned feeling, and possible crusting. Potential long term side effects like discoloration are discussed during the consultation visit. If side effects linger or seem abnormal, contact our office for follow-up care.
PicoSure laser tattoo removal is a safe and effective way to get rid of ink you no longer want. To achieve optimal results, we may schedule several treatment sessions, the number of which is determined by the size, location, color, and age of the tattoo.
Tattoos do not necessarily have to be a permanent marking on your skin. If you have a tattoo you wish to remove, contact us at (631) 417-3300.