Nearly one-third of people in the United States have at least one tattoo, and 25% of them say they regret getting it. If you’re ready to remove your tattoo, the team at Revive Wellness Center offers the best laser for the job: the PicoSure. Its super rapid laser pulse quickly shatters tattoo ink into tiny pieces that can be eliminated by your body. Contact one of their offices in Torrance and Palm Springs, California, or schedule an appointment online.
The PicoSure gets its name from the duration of its energy bursts in the picosecond range — 100 times shorter than typical nanosecond lasers — which means it sends out laser pulses at a very rapid pace.
The laser operates at a wavelength that’s only absorbed by colorful ink pigments, so it eliminates tattoos without harming surrounding tissues. As tattoo ink absorbs the laser, it’s heated to a temperature that breaks down the pigment, and the super-fast laser pulses shatter that pigment into pieces that are small enough to be carried away by the body.
You’ll be glad to know that PicoSure treatments are shorter than most laser skin treatments, and there’s no special preparation necessary.
The treatment usually takes no more than 15 minutes. The sensation feels like a rubber band snap, but most people don’t find it painful.
After the session, your skin will be red for a few days, but it shouldn’t require any downtime. You’ll need to wait until it fully heals before getting the next treatment.
The number of treatments required depends on the tattoo itself: Its size, the colors in the tattoo, the age of the tattoo, and even whether it was inked by a professional or an amateur. Professionally applied tattoos tend to settle into the skin at equal depths, which makes them easier to remove.
While PicoSure works well for tattoos that are hard to remove by other methods, you still need to plan for multiple sessions. Tattoos are applied in layers, and they need to be removed the same way: one session at a time.
Chances are you’ll need 5-10 or more treatments and you may need to wait 6-8 weeks between treatments. In other words, be prepared for the process to take time.
One of the most important variables in tattoo removal is the expertise of the person operating the PicoSure. The team at Revive Wellness Center have plenty of experience, so they know how to evaluate your tattoo and can let you know how many treatments it will take.
It’s also good to know that you’re in the hands of physicians because you should be medically screened before getting your tattoo removed. It may not be safe if you have certain medical conditions, such as autoimmune disorders and uncontrolled diabetes.