How does laser tattoo removal work?
Your tattoo removal specialist will use the PicoWay machine’s handpiece to target areas of the skin that have the tattoo or pigmentation while ensuring that the surrounding areas of the skin are undamaged. The laser light delivers extremely concentrated, high-power energy in picoseconds (trillionths of a second) to break down tiny ink particles and other irregularities of the skin which are then eliminated by the body’s natural processes.
Laser light is targeted on the unwanted pigment.
The ultrashort picosecond pulses shatter the unwanted pigment into tiny particles.
Tiny particles are easily eliminated by the body’s natural process.
FAQs about Laser Tattoo Removal
Below are our most frequently asked questions about Laser Tattoo Removal. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us.
1Why are tattoos difficult to remove?
Tattoos are hard to remove because ink is injected into the deeper layer of the dermis. It’s especially hard when the tattoo is large where certain ink particles remain on the skin even after multiple laser treatments. Tattoos in blue and black colors are generally easy to remove while red and yellows can be more difficult to remove and may require more sessions.
2How is PicoWay better than traditional laser tattoo removal procedures?
Traditional laser tattoo removal procedures have very limited capabilities. They only remove tattoos of certain colors + types on certain skin tones with higher risks for darker skin types.
PicoWay is different because it can treat a wide range of tattoo colors and types by effectively breaking up ink particles using highly concentrated high-power energy pulses. And because it works on all skin tones, patients can enjoy a more comfortable experience.
3How many laser treatments will I need to remove my entire tattoo?
The number of treatments required to remove your tattoo will depends on several factors such as, age, the location, size, depth, and type of tattoo. For best results, patients may require more than one session.
4What can I expect during my tattoo removal treatment?
On your first visit, we will check to see if your skin reacts well to the laser. If there are no adverse reactions, your medical professional will then apply a numbing agent on the target area. Once the procedure is done, cold or cool compress will be applied in order to sooth the treated area. You may also be prescribed a topical antibiotic.
5Does tattoo removal treatment hurt?
Compared to other tattoo removal treatments, the PicoWay treatment does not hurt although the degree of discomfort felt by patients may vary depending on the location of the tattoo. To avoid complications, be sure to follow before and after-care procedures. This will be explained to you during consultation.
6What are the side effects of laser tattoo removal?
After getting laser tattoo removal, patients may experience temporary discoloration, lightening, or reddening of the skin surrounding the target site. A scab may form and drop off in 7-10 days after which the skin goes back to its normal skin tone.
7What should I do before and after my laser tattoo removal treatment?
We will ask you to avoid sun exposure, tanning, or fake tanning two weeks before your laser tattoo removal treatment. After your treatment, we will ask you to apply anti-bacterial ointment on the treated area and cover it with dressing for a few days. During the first few days, avoid scrubbing the treated area and using abrasive skin cleaners. During the first two weeks, also avoid sun exposure or excessive physical activity.
8Can anyone have the PicoWay tattoo removal treatment?
There are several conditions where laser tattoo removal is unsafe. This includes pregnancy, history of seizures, implanted medical devices, active skin infections, and a sensitivity to infrared light. Some medications and supplements taken during before the treatment may also cause complications. This will be discussed during your free consultation.
9How long do I have to wait between my tattoo removal treatments?
Usually laser tattoo removal treatments should be done 6-8 weeks apart. If urgency is needed, wait time can be as short as 2 weeks once the skin has already completely healed.
LaserBody M.D. offers low-monthly payments and in-house financing so you can have your tattoo and other skin pigmentations removed in the quickest time possible.
Book a Laser Tattoo Removal consultation
Schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our specialists today and discuss which areas you wish to have treated for Laser Tattoo removal. Together, you will decide how many sessions are required to achieve your skin goals.
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*Disclaimer: Any before and after images, testimonials and results claims on this site are only examples for informational purpose and never to be used as warranty of guarantee of outcome. Each individual will have varied results based on their needs, medical record and circumstances.