Erase unwanted tattoos with PicoSure, the most advanced laser treatment available for safe and effective tattoo removal. PicoSure targets unwanted ink more effectively than ever before, successfully removing difficult ink colors, such as blues and greens, as well as previously treated tattoos. Fewer treatments, faster recovery time, and greater results are achievable with PicoSure’s groundbreaking picosecond technology.
What To Expect
PicoSure is the first and only picosecond laser that clears tattoos faster than ever before. Treatment with laser tattoo removal causes the ink to break down into smaller particles which are then absorbed by the body.
Here’s what to expect during a tattoo removal procedure:
- Treatments are typically every 4–8 weeks. Your doctor will tell you how long to wait between appointments based on progress made and your skin type.
- Cooling, local anesthesia, or a numbing solution may be used to minimize discomfort. Your doctor may use additional methods during your session as well.
After your procedure:
- Treated areas may swell somewhat and turn red but usually only for a few hours.
- Between treatments, be sure to keep the area out of the sun and covered.
- Your doctor will give you additional tips for care during your appointment.
Before and post 4 treatments. Individual results may vary.
Before and post 6 treatments. Individual results may vary.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does laser tattoo removal work?
Laser energy is delivered to the tattoo, targeting the ink and breaking it down into smaller particles. The particles are eliminated by the body natural processes resulting in a lightening of the tattoo ink.
How many treatments will tattoo removal require?
The number of laser treatments needed for tattoo removal is dependent on a number of variables such as ink type, size of the tattoo, type of laser used, lifestyle habits, etc. During your consultation, a practitioner will evaluate your tattoo and recommend a realistic treatment regime to help you achieve the best results.
How often will I need treatments?
While it typically it takes 4-6 weeks for the body to absorb ink particles, every patient and tattoo responds differently. Following the recommended post treatment protocol will likely improve the results and reduce the chance of adverse events.
Can I have only a portion of my tattoo removed?
Yes, some lasers provide energy precisely enough so that a small amount of a tattoo can be removed without affecting the surrounding tattoo. Check with your clinician to see if this is available in their practice.
How much does tattoo removal cost?
The cost of laser tattoo removal depends on several factors, including the size of tattoo and the number of treatments it will require. After your consultation, the practitioner will provide you a price estimate for the treatment series.
Can I lighten the tattoo to have another one put on top?
Tattoos can be lightened in preparation for a cover-up tattoo. We recommend that you wait six weeks between your last treatment and when you have the new tattoo completed.
Does tattoo removal hurt?
This procedure is slightly more uncomfortable than getting a tattoo, however it is very fast. Many treatments may take less than a minute. Your physician will work with you on the best pain management option for you based on your individual situation.
Will I blister and scab afterwards?
Blisters and scabs can be a normal response to tattoo removal. Keep the skin over it covered with a healing ointment and gauze to promote healing and prevent scarring.
Does insurance cover tattoo removal treatments?
Most insurance companies will not cover laser tattoo removal since it is considered an elective cosmetic procedure. For your convenience, many offices may have payment plans and installment options that they can discuss with you.