Unlike other tattoo removal lasers, PicoSure® doesn’t rely solely on heat to melt or burn away tattoo ink. Instead, it delivers energy so rapidly that the tiny particles ink is composed of vibrates and shatters, without burning surrounding tissue. This results in less damage to your skin and less discomfort. It’s FDA-approved for tattoo removal, and works on all skin types and ink colors.
Each PicoSure treatment for tattoo removal takes about 10 minutes, though larger and more complex tattoos may require more time. The number of sessions you’ll need varies, depending on factors such as the size of your tattoo, its location on your body, the type of ink used and your lifestyle habits. Treatments often take place every 6 to 8 weeks. A total of 4 to 10 treatments for complete removal is common. Dr. Seltzer will customize a plan specific to your needs.
While you may experience some discomfort during your treatment, PicoSure is less painful than heat-focused laser tattoo removal. Many people compare the sensation to repeated snapping of a rubber band.
Laser tattoo removal is generally considered safe, and severe side effects such as scarring are rare. Because PicoSure uses ultra-fast pulses and specialized wavelengths and less heat than other tattoo removal methods, it’s actually less likely to cause damage or injury to your skin.
Dr. Seltzer also uses the Q-Switched YAG® Laser and Q-Switched Alexandrite Laser to target and absorb tattoo pigment. The energy of the laser is absorbed by the ink and, similar to PicoSure®, shatters the pigment granules which are then released from the body. Typically multiple sessions are required.
Using sunscreen or limiting time in the sun may be helpful before and after your treatment. Laser tattoo removal targets melanin, which your body produces in response to sun exposure. As a result, a heavy tan may interfere with your treatment. Your skin will also be more vulnerable to sun damage after treatment, so stock up on sunscreen.
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