Philadelphia and Mainline Center of Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery
Picosure & Enlighten

Written by Dr. Ringpfeil

Tattoo Removal With the Revolutionary Picosure® & Enlighten® Lasers

Picosure Vs. QSwitch in Philadelphia

We specialize in pigmentation issues that occurred as a result of problematic laser tattoo removal.

One treatment with Picosure provides better clearance than two treatments with ANY other laser on the market

The only practice in PA to operate the Enlighten and the complete Picosure Suite (including the Picosure 532NM)

PicoSure®'s patented PressureWave™ results in better and faster skin clearance with fewer treatments, less laser energy, and less trauma to the skin. Even dark, stubborn blue and green inks, as well as previously treated, recalcitrant tattoos can be removed.

best technology - most experience - most qualified

An email from a patient:

Oh my goodness!!! That is amazing! I cannot believe the difference with one treatment.
You were right. The second treatment healed much faster and didn't even blister. The band-aid adhesive was more of an issue for me than the tattoo.
Thank you for helping me get rid of my 19-year-old impulse.

better clearance | fewer treatments | lower overall cost

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 photomechanical impact that shatters the tattoo pigment into smaller pieces. It is now easier for your cells to remove the smaller pieces and for your skin to get back to its normal color faster.

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Why us?

- We were the first clinic to offer PicoSure® tattoo removal in the Philadelphia area and have been doing so since 1997.

- We are also the only practice in PA to operate the 532nm wavelength and have performed more Picosure treatments than any other provider in PA.

- We are also the only Picosure provider with a physician on-site.

To learn about pricing and number of treatments

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1. What is the tattoo size (in inches)?


2. Do you currently have a tan in the area where you have the tattoo? No Yes

3. What is your skin type?

Type I - Very light
Type II - Light
Type III - Light brown - Central Europe
Type IV - brown - Mediterranean, S. American
Type V - dark brown - Asia, some Afro-American
Type VI - black / very dark brown - African, Afro-American

4. How many years have you had that tattoo for?

Dr. Ringpfeil started performing laser tattoo removal in 1997!

PicoSure® - Tattoo Removal in Philadelphia

" PicoSure® is the most advanced technology in tattoo removal in 20 years. With our PicoSure® your benefits are:

1. Fewer treatments

2. Improved clearance of all colors (including blue, green, and yellow)

3. Less damage to the skin

You can make a booking for a free consultation here or call us at 610-525-5250"

Franziska Ringpfeil, MD, Board Certified Dermatologist

Superior Tattoo Clearance

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).

PicoSure® tattoo removal treatment before and after

PicoSure® vs. Traditional Technology

PicoSure® tattoo removal treatment before and after

Enlighten - The Newest & Most Effective Pico Tattoo Removal Laser is Now Available in Our Philadelphia Office

Tattoo Removal - Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I remove my tattoo?
    • Tattoos can be removed by tattoo removal lasers, excision, or by tattooing over the existing tattoo. Recently, makeup was developed that completely camouflages tattoos as well.

  • What is the cost of laser tattoo removal?
    • 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 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 cost estimate for treatment sessions and the total number of treatments required 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.

  • How many treatments do I need for removing a tattoo?
    • 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).

  • Can a tattoo be completely removed?
    • Black and dark blue tattoos can be completely removed. Other colors can be more difficult to remove and more treatments are needed to achieve the desired results. The Picosure achieves far better skin 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.

  • How do I select a provider for tattoo removal?
    • 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 lasers are very powerful. A dermatologist will be able to prevent adverse events and minimize foreseeable side effects (such as ghost tattoos). We often see patients who suffered hypertrophic scaring, keloid formation, or complete depigmentation. Some of these adverse events are preventable with proper skin assessments.

      Choose an experienced and reputable provider. Make sure they use the most advanced lasers as they are safer and more effective.

  • Can the laser create a scar or any other undesirable side effects?
    • Scar formation is common with traditional tattoo removal lasers. It can be as minimal as the destruction of natural pigment in the treated area but hypertrophic scarring is also 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.

  • How long should one wait between treatments?
    • 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.

  • Does the procedure hurt?
    • The feeling during the laser procedure is similar to that of the tattoo placement.

      Most of our customers tolerate the procedure well with an 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. Although applied or injectable numbing medicine is an alternative, the swelling that goes along with the medicine reduces the effectiveness of the treatment.

  • Tattoo Removal Aftercare
    • 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 keloids can occur but are very rare. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area can occur and is temporary except in very rare instances. Healing is usually complete within 4 weeks, although this may vary.

      1. Keep the treated area clean and moist with Aquaphor or Vaseline while it is healing.
      2. Clean the area gently with soap and water and then pat dry. Apply a thin coating of Aquaphor or Vaseline up to three times a day for 2 weeks while the area is healing and keep the area covered with a dressing for those 2 weeks.
      3. You may apply cool compresses as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation.
      4. You may take Tylenol, but avoid aspirin (it can increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding.)
      5. In the event that scabs form do not pick at them or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring.
      6. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.
      7. Feel free to shower 8 hours after the treatment, but take care to avoid high-pressure water hitting the treated area. Baths, hot tubs, swimming pools, or any form of soaking in water are not recommended until the area is completely healed, as they may increase the risk of infection.
      8. Exercise is generally safe after treatment, taking into account the other aftercare instructions provided here.
      9. Wear a sunblock with an SPF 25 or higher over the area for 6 months following the treatment. Do not wear makeup or any cream or medication on or near the treated area unless recommended by our office for 72 hours.
      10. Itching is very common due to the dehydrating effect of the laser treatment. Use Aquaphor or Vaseline to treat the area and do not scratch. It may help to lightly slap the area, or apply a cold compress.
      11. If the area looks infected (honey-colored crusting and oozing or spreading redness), if you experience an unusual discomfort or bleeding, if any other complications develop, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact the office immediately.
      12. NB! If there are signs of an extreme reaction, it is considered a life-threatening emergency. Please call 911 and/or go to the emergency department immediately.

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I particularly like the assertiveness that the office provided. Being in and out is a best for me.


The doctor was extremely attentive and I did not feel rushed at all. This is by far the best experience I have had at the dermatologist


I did not have to wait to be seen at all. From the start of my visit until I walked out the door the doctor & staff were very professional & took the tim to answer my questions and listen to me also. I have been seen by other dermatologist and I was defibately impressed here.+++A+++ Higly recommended.


Dr. Ringpfiel was very attentive; she explained very clearly different treatments and their outcomes and gave me some alternatives I could choose from. I was extremely pleased by the Dr's professionalism, excellence, kindness and attention. Definitely one of the best services I have received! I am bringing my son in 3 weeks!


Very little wait time, which is so appreciated! Very comfortable atmosphere. Really a wonderful appointment.

#52011-06-02 16:32:12

I have to say this was the most comfortable experience at any doctor office I have ever been to in my life. Dr. Ringpfeil is incredibly nice and compassionate. Lauren was super. The receptionists are very friendly. I now have a new dermatologist. Thanks!

#62012-12-13 10:14:16

Love visiting with Jill - she makes the visit easy.

#72010-11-11 16:01:31

Very efficient!


I liked the relaxing atmosphere, and the service. All the women were wonderful, and the doctor- especially- was friendly, and very helpful. I did not feel at all uncomfortable or nervous, as I normally do at a doctors visit. The assistant was wonderful, and they worked great as a team. The visit was painless, quick, and very easy. Thank you! I'll certainly be back and recommend this office to my friends and family as well. :)


Overall I just appreciated the fact that my variety of issues were addressed, but of course there are always those questions that pop up after the fact. I appreciated the Dr & assistant's attentiveness. I also appreciated that the Dr was very conscience of what meds were pregnancy safe & not.


What can we do better?


maybe offering a bit more evaluation of options -that I haven't already thought of or asked about- for skin care and amelioration, as I am not certain what exists


Everything to date that your office has performed has been done professionally and expeditiously. It's a pleasure to deal with all the staff.


Cookies and Milk! Seriously, I love coming in and being seen promptly. More importantly, I like the fact that the doctor was not distracted and there was not a single interruption.


fantastic service


Try to get enrolled as a provider in Tricare Prime!


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With such excellent service, there's nothing I can add to it. I am a very satisfied patient.

#72010-09-09 11:12:17

No room for improvement. You have a first-rate, exceptional staff Dr. Ringpfeil! Everyone especially Linda Heckman is so professional. Jessie makes a great first impression and is an asset to your team!

#82010-12-15 19:35:32

tell the Dr. to stop snowboarding and come back to skiing..;-)

#92011-12-07 10:55:46

can't think of anything.


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