Using laser to pass pulses of intense light through the top layers of your skin
Lasers remove tattoos by breaking up the pigment colors with a high-intensity light beam. Black tattoo pigment absorbs all laser wavelengths, making it the easiest color to treat. Other colors can only be treated by selected lasers based upon the pigment color.
How Does It Work?
Each pulse of the laser sends light energy into the skin. We use different wavelengths of laser light to treat different colors of ink in the tattoo.
As the light energy is directed into the skin, it is selectively absorbed by the tattoo ink particles trapped in the dermis of your skin. When the ink particles absorb this energy, they instantly shatter into tiny fragments.
Once the laser has broken the ink into smaller pieces, your body's immune system works to remove the ink over the following weeks, flushing it away from the tattooed area.
We see the result of this as the tattoo lightening in appearance. Each additional laser treatment breaks down more and more ink until the tattoo can no longer be seen.
Hurts But Bearable
Laser tattoo removal typically does involve some level of pain. That said, many say that it hurts less than they expected. It's a common belief that tattoo removal is excruciating, yet most patients say that the sensation of removal is comparable to having a tattoo applied. Common descriptions include the sensation of a rubber band snapping against the skin.
PicoSure® Pro Tattoo Removal & Pigment Removal utilizes 'pico-second' technology. This term refers to the impeccable speed of the
laser working in a trillionth of a second to destruct unwanted pigment. This treatment process is the safest, fastest and most efficacious treatment process currently in the industry. Treatments are very tolerable due to the speed of the laser. Our provider can also apply a topical numbing agent or use cool air for added comfort.
Number of Sessions Required
The speed of removal depends on the patient and their tattoo.
The duration of the tattoo removal process is a concern for virtually all patients. Some patients may wish to remove a visible tattoo before an event – such as their wedding or enlisting in the military. It's important to establish upfront that tattoo removal is a process that relies on the body's ability to eliminate ink from the skin. It's not unusual for the body to take over a year to completely eliminate ink. Setting expectations clearly upfront allows patients to be satisfied throughout the experience – rather than feeling as if they were misled.
Tattoo removal treatments fit along a bell curve – most patients will need between five and eight treatments, some will see complete removal in three or four, and others may need 10 or more treatments if there is significant scarring or layered tattoos.