It's Like It Never Happened: Tattoo Removal with PicoSure Laser

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That tattoo seemed like a great idea at the time. But over time, it faded, stretched, or you just don’t like it anymore. You might find yourself wishing you didn’t have it or that you never got it in the first place. If you have a tattoo you regret, you’re not alone. Studies estimate that nearly a third of people with a tattoo regret getting it.  

To create your body art, the tattoo artist injected ink into your skin, piercing surface layer of skin and depositing ink in the dermis, or second layer of skin. Tattoo ink is insoluble and the cells of your dermis are stable, which means that the ink remains for your entire life unless you do something about it. Tattoos may fade or shift slightly over the years, but the majority of tattoos remain intact for decades.

You’re not stuck with your tattoos, though. If you’ve decided it’s time to get rid of a tattoo, we may have the answer for you at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers — PicoSure laser treatment. Shonda Chase, FNP, and her team offer this latest in laser technology to patients who want to remove a tattoo.

How the PicoSure laser treats tattoos

As you doubtless know,  tattoos are made by injecting ink into your body below the surface of your skin. So how does PicoSure target this ink? The PicoSure laser breaks up the ink with focused laser energy. Once the particles are small enough, your body can remove them naturally through its lymphatic system. The result is tattoo removal.

To target the tattoo, PicoSure treatment uses ultra-short pulses of energy. Called PressureWave, this technology changes the pressure inside the cells in the treatment area.

PicoSure is an effective treatment option for even the most stubborn tattoos, including black tattoos, multicolor tattoos, and tattoos that have been treated before. PressureWave technology is uniquely calibrated to target the pigment in tattoo ink without harming surrounding tissue.

Over a series of treatment sessions, the PicoSure laser targets and destroys the layers of the tattoo in your dermis. Your body absorbs the particles and the tattoo fades away. It’s like the tattoo never happened.

Erase your tattoo with our help

When you come to MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers for tattoo removal, we develop a customized treatment plan for you. We recommend a series of treatment sessions, depending on the size, coloring, and location of your tattoo. With PicoSure, you can expect better results in fewer treatment sessions than with other laser removal methods.

Each treatment session lasts about 10 minutes, but your session time may vary depending on the tattoo you have. Your treatment sessions are scheduled between six and eight weeks apart to give your skin time to recover and your body time to flush away the ink particles.

Many patients find intense targeted laser energy treatment tolerable, but we offer numbing cream to help keep you comfortable during treatment.

The PicoSure laser targets the tattoo pigment without damaging surrounding tissue. There’s no downtime, but your skin may be red immediately following treatment. Be sure to follow our care guidelines, including limiting sun exposure during treatment.

If you’re ready to erase your unwanted tattoo, visit MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers for tattoo removal with PicoSure. Call our office today to request an appointment and learn more about PicoSure.

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