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Laser Tattoo Removal

by Dr. Leonora Ogbeide, MD CCFP

Laser Tattoo Removal

by Dr. Leonora Ogbeide

Tattoo Removal

IN

Milton & The Greater Toronto Area

Tattoo removal has become increasingly sought after as tattoos have grown in popularity. While many cherish their tattoos as a form of self-expression, others seek removal due to changes in personal taste, professional requirements, or regrets. Among the methods available, laser tattoo removal is the most advanced and effective, with PicoSure leading as a particularly innovative technology in this field.

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What is Tattoo Removal?

Tattoo removal involves eliminating tattoo ink that is embedded in the skin layers. As tattoos are designed to be permanent, removing them can be challenging. The traditional method has been laser removal, which breaks down the ink particles in the skin, allowing the body to flush them out naturally.

A woman with dark skin has tattoo on her ankle

What is Tattoo Removal?

Tattoo removal involves eliminating tattoo ink that is embedded in the skin layers. As tattoos are designed to be permanent, removing them can be challenging. The traditional method has been laser removal, which breaks down the ink particles in the skin, allowing the body to flush them out naturally.

A woman with dark skin has tattoo on her ankle
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Picosure laser used to remove an arm tattoo

How PicoSure Works for Tattoo Removal

PicoSure by Cynosure stands out in the field of tattoo removal technologies due to its use of picosecond (one trillionth of a second) laser technology, a significant advancement over the previous nanosecond technology used by traditional lasers. PicoSure operates by delivering short bursts of energy to the tattoo ink in the skin. These bursts are delivered at a picosecond pace, creating a rapid energy buildup that shatters the ink particles into tiny fragments.

The key mechanism at play in PicoSure laser treatment is its PressureWave technology. This photomechanical effect, rather than a purely thermal effect, allows the laser to target the ink with great precision while minimizing damage to the surrounding skin tissue. The ink particles are shattered by these intense, short pulses, making them small enough for the body’s immune system to more easily absorb and eliminate them.

How PicoSure Works for Tattoo Removal

PicoSure by Cynosure stands out in the field of tattoo removal technologies due to its use of picosecond (one trillionth of a second) laser technology, a significant advancement over the previous nanosecond technology used by traditional lasers. PicoSure operates by delivering short bursts of energy to the tattoo ink in the skin. These bursts are delivered at a picosecond pace, creating a rapid energy buildup that shatters the ink particles into tiny fragments.

The key mechanism at play in PicoSure laser treatment is its PressureWave technology. This photomechanical effect, rather than a purely thermal effect, allows the laser to target the ink with great precision while minimizing damage to the surrounding skin tissue. The ink particles are shattered by these intense, short pulses, making them small enough for the body’s immune system to more easily absorb and eliminate them.

Picosure laser used to remove an arm tattoo

Number of Sessions Required

The number of sessions required for tattoo removal with PicoSure varies depending on several factors, including the age, size, and color of the tattoo, as well as the depth of the ink and the patient’s skin type. However, PicoSure is known for requiring fewer sessions than traditional lasers. Traditional laser treatments typically require anywhere from 10 to 20 sessions, while PicoSure can often achieve the desired results in about half that number. For some patients, significant fading can be seen in as few as three to six sessions, although professional tattoos with dense and vivid colors might need more.

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Number of Sessions Required

The number of sessions required for tattoo removal with PicoSure varies depending on several factors, including the age, size, and color of the tattoo, as well as the depth of the ink and the patient’s skin type. However, PicoSure is known for requiring fewer sessions than traditional lasers. Traditional laser treatments typically require anywhere from 10 to 20 sessions, while PicoSure can often achieve the desired results in about half that number. For some patients, significant fading can be seen in as few as three to six sessions, although professional tattoos with dense and vivid colors might need more.

Illustria's tattoo removal with advanced laser technology

Recovery Time and Expectations

One of the benefits of PicoSure is the reduced recovery time associated with its treatments. Because the laser uses a photomechanical effect rather than thermal energy, there is less heat involved, which reduces the risk of skin damage and leads to a quicker healing process. After a treatment, patients may experience minor redness and swelling around the treated area, but these symptoms typically subside within a few hours to a couple of days.

Most patients can return to their regular activities immediately after the procedure. It’s important to follow post-treatment care instructions, which typically include keeping the treated area clean, avoiding exposure to the sun, and applying sunscreen or protective clothing over the area to protect the skin as it heals.

Patients are advised to keep the treated area out of the sun and to use a high-SPF sunscreen to prevent changes in pigmentation. The skin should also be kept hydrated, and any blistering or scabbing that occurs should be left to heal naturally without picking.

Safer and Quicker Tattoo Removal from Illustria Medical Aesthetics

PicoSure laser technology has revolutionized the approach to tattoo removal, offering a safer, quicker, and more effective solution compared to traditional methods. With its ability to break down ink particles more efficiently and with fewer treatments, PicoSure provides a compelling option for those looking to remove unwanted tattoos. While the process is not completely without discomfort, the reduced number of sessions and quick recovery time make it a preferable choice for many seeking tattoo removal. As with any cosmetic or medical procedure, consultation with a professional who specializes in laser treatments is essential to ensure safety and efficacy.

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