PicoSure Laser for Tattoo Removal
Tattoo removal is an old problem; for as long as there have been permanent tattoos, there have been people who would like to permanently be rid of them. Until now, however, methods for removing tattoo ink from the skin including dermabrasion, saltabrasion, CO2 lasersdidn’t work, left scars, and were less than a pleasant experience for the patient.
Until the launch of PicoSure, Q-Switched lasers had been considered the gold standard for removing tattoos. Q-switched laser treatments use thermal energy to heat up and break apart the ink particles. Now with PicoSure, ultra-short pulses (one trillionth of a second in length!) hit the ink particle with a pressure so great, the ink shatters into tiny dust-like particles. Because the particles are so small, they are more readily absorbed and eliminated by the body. This can mean better clearance of the tattoo and less treatments overall!
Every tattoo is unique and contains different colors and different volumes of ink. We recommend for you to meet with one of our physicians in New York Dermatology Group for a free consultation. We will evaluate how many treatments you may need, the cost, and what to expect.
As the number of individuals with tattoos has increased, so has the need for improved tattoo removal methods. Tattoo removal methods have evolved from potentially harmful treatments that often had painful and sometimes permanent side effects to less harmful methods with good results. Until the introduction of laser tattoo removal, people resorted to tattoo removal methods such as acid treatments, surgical excision, and dermabrasion.
PicoSure tattoo removal often requires fewer treatments than traditional Q-Switched lasers. Also, PicoSure patients and doctors have reported better clearance (or “disappearance) of the tattoo with improved recovery time.
Contact us today at 212-533-8888 to schedule for a free Consultation for PicoSure Tattoo Removal.
NYDG TATTOO REMOVAL FACTS
Some color inks are easier to remove from the skin than others. Dark, like blue and black, and red inks resolve most successfully, while greens and yellows are more difficult and require additional exposures to the laser. During consultation, the physician must determine the ideal number of sessions needed for the desired result.
Discomfort during treatment is minimal. The laser emits a short pulse, which can feel like the snap of a rubber band on the skin. Of course, the more involved the tattoo, the more involved its removal, and some patients prefer a topical anesthetic to numb the area during treatment.
Post-treatment care is important. The treated area must be kept clean and protected with anti-bacterial ointment and temporary dressings. The doctor will give detailed instructions for care for the days directly following the procedure.