Picosure Tattoo Removal - Patients ask Dr. Ringpfeil answers
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We specialize in pigmentation issues that occurred as a result of problematic laser tattoo removal.
PicoSure®'s patented PressureWave™ results in better and faster clearance with fewer treatments, less fluence, and less trauma to the skin. Even dark, stubborn blue and green inks, as well as previously-treated, recalcitrant tattoos can be removed.
PicoSure® is the only laser using picosecond pulse duration to remove tattoos. Unlike older technologies that create heat while breaking the tattoo pigment, PicoSure® creates an intense photomechanincal impact that shatters the tattoo pigment into smaller pieces. It is now easier for our cells to remove the smaller pieces and our skin gets back to its normal color faster.
" PicoSure® is the biggest advance in tattoo removal in 20 years. With our PicoSure® your benefits are:
1. fewer treatments
2. better clearance of all colors (including blue, green and yellow)
3. less damage to the skin
I invite you to book a free consultation here or by calling 610-525-5250"
Franziska Ringpfeil, MD, board certified dermatologist
Picosure removes all tattoo colors, including green, blue, and yellow. Picosure is the go to laser for people who are frustrated by not being able to clear their tattoos with the traditional Q-Switched technologies (Q-Switched ND:YAG and Q-Switched Alexandrite).
Tattoos may be removed by tattoo removal lasers, by excision and by tattooing over the existing tattoo. Recently, a makeup was developed to camouflage tattoos completely.
The total cost depends on the cost per treatment and the number of treatments needed to achieve desired results.
The cost per treatment is determined by the size of the tattoo.
The number of treatments is a factor of the color variation and ink density.
Using the Picosure laser enables us to deliver results in fewer treatments and for an overall lower cost to our customers compared to the traditional Q-switched tattoo removal lasers.
To obtain a concrete estimate for the number of treatments and the cost per treatment for the removal of your tattoo, simply load a picture of your tattoo here, and book a free consultation with one of our expert consultants.
It takes 3-7 treatments with the Picosure laser and between 6-20 treatments with the traditional Q-switched tattoo removal lasers (Revlite/Medlite, Trivantage, and others).
Black and dark blue tattoos can be completely removed. Other colors can be more difficult to remove and more treatments are needed to achieve desired results. The Picosure achieves far better clearance than any other tattoo removal laser. Many of our customers who were not successful in getting sufficient clearance with other lasers come to our office to complete their treatment.
Occasionally, the skin pigment in the area of the previous tattoo may appear lighter in color than the untreated skin, creating the illusion of a ghost tattoo. Some of the pigment might come back over time and in most cases the lighter skin color is barely noticeable.
Historically, laser tattoo removal has been performed by dermatologists. Recently, other physicians and MedSpas have started offering this service in a spa setting. In addition, many tattoo parlors have added laser assisted tattoo removal to their repertoire.
Tattoo removal laser are very powerful. A dermatologist will be able to prevent adverse events and minimize foreseeable side effects (such as the ghost tattoos). We often see in our office patients who suffered hypertrophic scaring, keloid formation, or complete depigmentation. Some of these adverse events were preventable with proper skin assessment.
Chose an experienced and reputable provider. Make sure he/she uses the most advanced lasers as they are safer and more effective.
Scar formation is common with traditional tattoo removal lasers. It can be as minimal as destruction of our natural pigment in the treated area but also hypertrophic scarring is possible.
The incidence of scar formation with Picosure is minimal or nil compared to the traditional Q-switched lasers because it does not produce heat.
You need to wait at least 6 weeks between treatments when undergoing Picosure treatments. If you are treated with a traditional Q- switched tattoo removal laser, the interval between treatments should be 10 weeks or longer
The feeling during the laser procedure is similar to that of the tattoo placement.... assuming the alcohol level in your blood during the two procedures is equal :-)
Most of our customers tolerate the procedure well with ice-pack applied to the treated area just before the procedure. In rare cases we use forced cold air (Zimmer cooler device) to numb the skin during the procedure. While applied or injectable numbing medicine is an alternative, the swelling that goes along with the medicine reduces treatment efficacy.
The tattoo removal laser treatment may create a superficial burn wound. Immediate whitening of the treated area lasts for several minutes. You may experience bruising or swelling. Blisters, crusts, or scabs develop within 8-72 hours and may last for 1-2 weeks. The treated areas may be pink or pale after the scab separates. Hypertrophic scars or even keloid, can occur but are very rare. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area can occur, and is temporary except in very rare cases. Healing is usually complete within 4 weeks, although this may vary.