Unwanted tattoos can have you feeling self-conscious, bummed out, and downright angry. Luckily, with today’s laser technologies, what was once permanent can now virtually disappear with fewer treatments, faster recovery time, and greater results than ever before.
How does it work?
Advanced laser technology delivers pulses of energy into the tattoo ink, breaking up the ink globules into smaller molecules which are then absorbed by the body. The result is less unwanted pigmentation and smoother, clearer looking skin.
Removal of tattoo ink colors depend on the wavelength of the laser energy. Older lasers worked best on black, gray, blue, and green colors. Our PicoSure laser is full-spectrum, meaning that it hits all colors, including red, orange, and yellow. Its picosecond delivery of energy is able to break the ink molecules into specks of sand which are more quickly absorbed.
What can I expect?
Tattoo removal hurts. It hurts more than getting a tattoo. We use topical numbing cream when requested to reduce the discomfort. Most patients tolerate the procedure well. Afterwards, there may be some blistering and tenderness, but patients can resume normal activity immediately after the treatment.
How many treatments can I expect?
Depending on the concentration, depth, and type of tattoo ink, the number of treatments needed will vary. Professionally done and recent tattoos may require more treatments. We space treatment sessions six to eight weeks apart to protect your skin. Amateur tattoos may take less than three or four treatments for complete removal. For more information or to request an appointment online or contact us today at (412) 347-1733.
PicoSure Focus: The PicoSure Focus array lens converts laser energy into gentle pressure waves that activate cell signaling in the treated area. Your body reacts by boosting local production of collagen and elastin. This treatment is highly effective at treating unwanted pigmentation such as age spots (also called sunspots or liver spots), freckles, acne scars, stretch marks, and melasma. The most common areas we treat are the face, decolletage, and hands.