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Q-switched Lasers Can Leave Behind Scarred “Tattoo Remnants”

Sometimes I hear “laser technicians” brag about how many treatments they’ve done with their P.O.S. Q-switched laser.  I saw one the other day that said “over 250,000 treatments” performed.  You notice they don’t equate that to actual complete tattoo removals.  I see numerous patients that have had ten or more treatments and they’re left with…

White Ink & PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

Occasionally tattoo ink will turn dark in response to PicoSure laser tattoo removal. For this reason, cosmetic tattoos, often referred to as permanent makeup around the mouth and eyes, are usually avoided. The one exception to this rule is black permanent makeup applied to the eyebrows. If the look is too stark, it can be…

No Need For PicoSure – Beyoncé Launches Sexy Temporary Tattoo Line!

Hello Austin, I’m back from a well-deserved vacation and ready to talk PicoSure laser tattoo removal once again. So, some exciting news regarding Bey and her new ultra cool temp tattoo line. Yes, Beyoncé, wife of rap star JAY Z, has teamed up with the folks at Flash Tattoos to help create sexy new temporary…

When Should We Not Use PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal?

Is PicoSure laser tattoo removal for everyone?  The short answer is: no.  Unfortunately not all tattoos can be treated just as not all people can be treated.  Below is a list of contraindications for PicoSure treatment but the one that mostly affects my practice is pregnancy.  I have a policy that I do not perform…

PicoSure Lasers Utilize Invisible Light To Perform Tattoo Removal

PicoSure laser tattoo removal is performed with an invisible laser beam!  Huh?  Did you know that the 755nm Alexandrite beam cannot be seen with the naked eye?  So how do I know where the laser beam is aimed when I’m performing tattoo removal treatments?  Well the PicoSure comes with a laser pointer built into it…

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Works Remarkably Well On Cover-Up Tattoos

Much of the PicoSure laser tattoo removal I perform is on cover-up tattoos.  Sometimes I get asked if this will make any difference in the overall removal.  The short answer is “no” but there can be some interesting complexity to it.  For example, was the original tattoo made in a friend’s garage using a home-brewed ink?  If…

Mummies Could’ve Used PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal!

Do you have at least one tattoo?  You’re not alone – not by a long shot.  In fact, your oldest of relatives can be seen sporting ink.  The oldest known example of a tattoo comes from a 6,000-year-old Chinchorro mummy.  The Chinchorro culture is found in what we now call northern Chile and southern Peru. …

PicoSure Laser Celebrates Its 2nd Birthday!

HAPPY 2nd ANNIVERSARY!  Wow, the PicoSure laser is celebrating its 2nd birthday this month.  It was officially released in April, 2013 and initially only 15 units were built.  As many of you know, I happened to get one of those original 15.  In fact, the serial number on the PicoSure in my office is SN#115…

PicoSure Lasers are Highly Effective at Removing Tattoos in Skin Types I-IV

It is always best to perform a test spot when a patient has a skin type which might respond poorly to PicoSure laser tattoo removal.  Patients with darker skin or those with a history of keloiding should approach laser tattoo removal with extreme caution due to the very real possibility of permanent hypopigmentation. The color…

Excision of a Tattoo Versus PicoSure Laser

Have you ever considered excision (surgery) for your tattoo removal?  Even the best plastic surgeon would be unable to remove a tattoo without leaving a surgical scar.  True, the scar would be quite fine and diminish over time but if your tattoo is large this may be impractical.  Why?  Because the scar must be longer…

Incomplete Tattoo Removal With Q-switched Lasers

Question: How many patients have undergone POS Q-switched laser tattoo removal treatments?  Answer: Millions.  Do you know what the success rate is for these Q-switched laser treatments?  Well without quoting an exact number, let’s just say it’s poor.  Why?   Because POS Q-switched lasers utilize very old and limited nanosecond technology which often leaves scars and residual…

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal on the Trunk and Legs

I once read a clinical paper on laser tattoo removal which noted that tattoos appear to come off easier in certain areas of the body.  The authors pointed out that tattoos on the trunk (back, chest) didn’t require as many treatments as say a tattoo on a lower extremity (leg, foot).  I have also found…

Wait Until You’re Fully Healed Before Beginning Laser Tattoo Removal With PicoSure.

New patients often ask me how long they have to wait to begin PicoSure laser removal treatments after getting a brand new tattoo.  A good rule of thumb is 4 weeks but this can vary by size, site, patient health and other factors.  For example, a small tattoo with little ink is definitely ready at…

PicoSure Laser Replaces Nd:YAG as the New Gold Standard in Tattoo Removal

What’s an Nd:YAG laser and what does the acronym stand for?  Well here’s your answer: neodymium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet.  Wow, no wonder someone came up with an acronym, right?  Yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) is a synthetic crystalline material of the garnet group (see photo below). YAG is commonly used as a host material in various solid-state lasers. Rare…

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Requires a Prescription

Who’s performing your laser treatments?  Did you know that only a qualified doctor can prescribe laser treatments for tattoo removal?  In fact, just the purchase of a PicoSure instrument requires a doctor’s order.  However, the doctor may delegate the application of laser treatments to a professional that they supervise.  Have you ever wondered why the…

PicoSure Versus Q-switched Nanosecond Lasers in Tattoo Removal

What are the main differences between the revolutionary PicoSure and standard POS q-switched nanosecond tattoo removal lasers?  Well for starters, the PicoSure achieves better clearance in fewer treatments.  Fewer treatments equates to: Faster clearance Less cost Better clinical outcomes Less risk of dermal injury and scarring Take a look at one of the clinical trial photos…

Getting to Know the PicoSure Laser for Tattoo Removal

Patient education is an important part of making the decision to undergo PicoSure laser tattoo removal.  During the initial consult and before each treatment patients are encouraged to ask questions, look at their before and after pictures or discuss the treatment strategy. When you and your PicoSure provider are on the same page there’s greater…

Imiquimod Cream is Not Effective in Tattoo Removal

I routinely get asked the question “What else can I do in between PicoSure treatments to make my tattoo ink clear faster?”  My answer is that cupping therapy is the only thing that’s been shown to effectively help remove tattoo ink during the course of PicoSure laser treatments (please see my cupping therapy results and articles). …

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal – Are Package Deals Really a Deal?

You wouldn’t believe the number of patients who come to my office and tell me how another provider refused to treat them unless they purchased a “package” of POS q-switched or PicoSure laser tattoo removal treatments.  This happened again today and I was shocked to learn the patient was told she would have to buy…

PicoSure Laser – “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation”

The technology behind medical lasers is incredible and the PicoSure laser for tattoo removal is no exception.  It was the first compact medical picosecond laser to be developed.  Researchers had known for quite some time that POS Q-switched nanosecond lasers fired too slowly to produce an effective PressureWave that could break up tattoo ink.  What’s more, the…

How Many Treatments Does PicoSure Take to Remove a Tattoo?

Probably the most asked question I hear regarding PicoSure laser tattoo removal is “How many treatments do you think this will take?”  The truth is no one can promise a patient how fast a tattoo will come off.  I do often give my impression based on the size, location and colorization of the inks.  However,…

Little Mistakes – Affordable Tattoo Removal With PicoSure

I often see patients who have made “little mistakes” and gotten small tattoos, on impulse, often at age 18, and regretted their decision almost immediately.  Unfortunately, for these folks most PicoSure providers charge a premium, regardless of tattoo size, and these little mistakes can cost an arm and a leg to remove.  In truth, the…

PicoSure Laser – Austin, TX

The PicoSure laser can be used on virtually any part of the body in order to remove tattoos, including the upper and lower back, neck and hands.  I have successfully removed tattoos from virtually all areas of the body, including the face, bikini area, feet, toes, fingers, etc.  The chances are good that most tattoos…

PicoSure Brochure for Tattoo Removal

The PicoSure Laser I use was manufactured by Cynosure.  This company provides elite clinical training and support; I’ve attended several of their classroom education days which focused specifically on PicoSure.   If you would like more information on the PicoSure Laser for tattoo removal you can download one of their brochures by clicking the link below.  One of…