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Help! I Regret My Tattoo!

Many people get tattoos for reasons that were important at the time. But people change over time, and at some point, they may no longer feel attached to the ink that’s showing in their skin. If this sounds like you, you don’t have to keep it any longer.

At Medweight, Lasers & Wellness Centers in Irvine, California, our team expertly removes tattoos using the PicoSure® laser tattoo removal system. This revolutionary technology can remove a large range of colors and types of inks, and it can prevent the scarred or burned-looking skin of older tattoo removal methods.

How does PicoSure remove tattoos?

PicoSure is part of the most recent generation of laser tattoo removal systems. This revolutionary technology uses a combination of heat and pulsed light to break up ink into particles. The PressureWave™ technology that PicoSure uses provides the laser removal tool with an ability to send extremely fast — pico is short for picosecond — pulses of light through the skin’s surface. 

As these pulses of heat and light hit the ink under your skin, it separates the ink into extremely tiny fragments. Your body then naturally recognizes these ink fragments as waste and removes them over time.

What can I expect during a PicoSure treatment?

The exact time you spend under the laser will depend on the type and size of tattoo you have. Most of our patients spend about 10-15 minutes each session. 

Since laser tattoo removal uses intense light and heat, you may experience some discomfort. Most of our patients tolerate the sensation well, but everyone is different. To help ease any pain, your provider at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers will give you a topical numbing cream. 

Another great aspect about getting a treatment with the PicoSure laser is that there’s no downtime. You’ll just need to make sure to avoid exposure to sunlight right after treatment, because your skin may be flushed and sensitive to sunlight for a little while.        

How many laser removal sessions will I need?

Even though the PicoSure system can remove your unwanted tattoo in fewer treatment sessions than most alternatives, multiple sessions are required. That’s because most tattoos have multiple levels of ink that must be erased one layer at a time.

The number of sessions required will depend on your tattoo and its characteristics. For example, large tattoos generally require more time to remove completely. Other factors to consider include:

Your specialist at Medweight, Lasers & Wellness Centers will assess your tattoo and skin condition to create a customized tattoo removal plan for you. Most people space sessions 6-8 weeks apart to give their skin time to heal.

We’ll also evaluate your medical history to ensure that you’re a candidate for PicoSure treatments. People with certain medical conditions, such as unmanaged diabetes and some autoimmune disorders, may not be candidates. 

If you’re ready to say goodbye to a tattoo, we can help. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers today.

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