Simply put, cavitation is the formation of high pressure bubbles, within human tissue in the case of tattoos, which “pop” releasing a supersonic pressure wave traveling about 1,481 meters per second. The result is the physical destruction or crumbling of tattoo pigments, which are then absorbed by the body via lymph flow and phagocytosis. The greater the pressure within the bubbles, the stronger the resultant pressure waves become. In nature, cavitation can destroy the strongest metals and is also used by the tiny mantis shrimp to break through even the hardest shells of its prey.
The one and only PicoSure laser by Cynosure uses a software called Boost to decrease the length and energy of the pulse duration, which CONVERSELY increases the pressure inside the resultant cavitation bubbles. When they pop, these tiny bubbles can break even the toughest of inks; even those containing heavy metals.
By utilizing photomechanical cavitation versus the photothermal burning of a POS q-switched laser, the revolutionary PicoSure removes tattoos faster and more safely with less chance of burning, scarring and other unwanted side effects. To schedule a free consultation and evaluation of your unwanted ink please call my Austin Medspa office at 512-479-9997 or simply call my cell at 512-808-6712.