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Modern Inks Require Redefining The Term “Recalcitrant Tattoo” – #PicoSure!

One of the questions I get most often is “How many treatments do you think I’ll need?” If you combine that question with the fact that as many as 50% of the new consults I get have been previously treated with some POS Q-switched laser it speaks to the matter of effective clearance.  Proper clearance…

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal May Be Successfully Used On Many Different Body Parts

I always enjoy meeting new patients for the first time, hearing their stories and examining their unwanted tattoos. As you can imagine, I’ve seen and heard quite a lot since the introduction of the revolutionary PicoSure laser for tattoo removal.  Some of the stories are pretty moving and many of the tattoos have an interesting…

Austin PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Of Red & Yellow Ink With 532nm Wavelength Handpiece

As the first PicoSure laser in the entire Southwestern U.S. to have the 532nm optional upgrade handpiece for red, yellow, pink and orange inks, I would like to give my impression as to its performance. Originally, these light colors on the front end of the ROY G BIV rainbow spectrum, were tough to remove due…

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Of A Tramp Stamp

Women have been subjected to many derogatory terms over the years and the phrase “Tramp Stamp” is no exception. The lower middle back is a great place to hide a tattoo but unfortunately, any woman who got inked in that location is now labeled a tramp?! That’s not cool. Some folks have tried to correlate…

532nm Handpiece Arrives For PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Of Red & Yellow Inks

It’s here!  I’m the first in Texas and all of the Southwest to receive the new 532nm handpiece for the PicoSure laser which is used to specifically remove red, yellow and orange tattoos.  I acquired this somewhat costly new attachment in order to provide patients’ with the best technology available as part of my commitment…

Permanent Eyebrow Tattoos May be Removed or Lightened as Needed by the PicoSure Laser

Should the PicoSure laser be used for permanent makeup tattoo removal?  Years ago a famous actress by the name of Lana Turner shaved off her eyebrows for a movie role and they never grew back!  She eventually had false stick-on eyebrows made that she wore for the rest of her life.  Her other option would…

U.S. Army Tattoo Removal Policy and the PicoSure Laser

Just an Austin PicoSure laser update from the U.S. Army on its relaxation of the tattoo standards for new and existing recruits:    As I reported earlier this year, the Army has modernized its year-old policy which had previously forbid large tattoos below the elbows and knees.  The restrictive measure had discouraged solid recruits from enlisting…

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal is Documented Through Before & After Photographs

Someone once said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Well that was Napoleon who coined the phrase but that’s another story.  So why do I take a picture of your tattoo before each PicoSure laser treatment?  Well, it’s because of what Napoleon said; it’s easier to just look at the side by side…

PicoSure Lasers May Cause Temporary Ghost Images Following Successful Tattoo Removal

Occasionally I’ll get a question regarding a “ghost” image being left behind following PicoSure laser tattoo removal. The ghost image phenomenon is usually just transient hypopigmentation which generally resolves on its own in most cases – see example image below. So what causes hypopigmentation in the first place? During the course of treatments, the natural…

PicoSure Tattoo Removal Treatments are Scheduled 4-8 Weeks Apart

Occasionally I’ll get a patient who is up against a deadline for their tattoo removal.  For example, maybe they’ve got an upcoming wedding and their wedding dress would reveal some unwanted artwork.  Or perhaps, they would like to permanently remove that “old flame’s” name before the planned nuptials.  Perhaps they have a job interview with…

Holiday Tattoos are No Match For the PicoSure Laser

Happy St. Patrick’s Day week!  Did you know St. Patrick was the foremost patron saint of Ireland?  He died on March 17th which is the date the Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  According to legend, St. Patrick used the three-leaved clover, called a Shamrock, to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans.  One popular variation…

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Requires Precise Treatment Regimens

Have you ever heard the old expression, “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”  This quote is attributed to United States Army General Creighton W. Abrams, Jr.  So what does it mean?  Simply put “When you’re doing something big and difficult, do it slowly and be careful.”  The same can be…

Can a Tattoo Removal Cream Replace PicoSure?

So maybe you’ve heard that a post-doctoral student named Alec Falkenham at Dalhousie University in Canada is trying to come up with yet another novel cream to fade away tattoos.  The cream is called Bisphosphonate Liposomal Tattoo Removal (BLTR) and it’s applied topically to the unwanted tattoo.  The university press release states that the cream…

PicoSure Laser Gets a New Handpiece to Target Resistant Reds

FDA grants 510k clearance for a new state of the art 532nm PicoSure handpiece for removal of resistant red, yellow & orange tattoo ink!  In fact, FDA approval actually came sooner than expected as the new handpiece demonstrated both safety and efficacy in removing unwanted red, yellow & orange tattoo inks.  Previously these colors had…

Microscopic Evaluation of Tattoo Ink Before & After PicoSure Treatment

Have you ever wondered just what untreated tattoos look like under a microscope?  Take a look at the photos below and you can clearly see the spheres of tattoo ink in human tissue samples on the left side.  In a large tattoo, there are literally millions of these pigmented “ink balls” located in and around billions…

Tattoo Regret Can be Erased With the PicoSure Laser

Tattoo regret is a real phenomenon.  I can’t tell you how many people call me the day after they receive their tattoo.  Immediate remorse.  What’s interesting though is not that they regret getting a tattoo, rather they regret getting a bad tattoo. I had one such patient call me today expressing horrible regret over the…

Hair Loss Following PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

I received a great question today regarding the risk of localized hair loss following laser tattoo removal with PicoSure.  The concern is a legitimate one but it has not been a problem in my personal experience.  I have only seen this in one patient and he had it prior to coming to me. He had a…

PicoSure Handpiece for Red Ink Tattoo Removal

The toughest tattoo colors for the PicoSure laser to remove have historically been various shades of red.  While the photomechanical PressureWave is able to break them up, the addition of more photothermal action may be required to remove some of the more resistant red inks.  For those patients with red remnants of ink the answer is the…

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal – Performing Test Spots

Occasionally a test spot must be performed with the PicoSure laser prior to beginning treatments for tattoo removal.  There are several reasons why we might want to do a test spot.  Firstly, if a light colored ink is suspected to have a high titanium metal content then it might be good to test it first…

How Thorough is Your PicoSure Treatment?

I’ve had a couple experiences where patients relocate out of state halfway through the PicoSure tattoo removal process.  On two different occasions I’ve had those same patients call me up from their doctor’s office and ask me to explain to their new PicoSure provider how I was removing their tattoos because nothing seemed to be…

Committed to Your PicoSure Tattoo Removal?

Unfortunately, even the PicoSure Laser takes time to completely remove a tattoo.  Numerous treatments may be required, over many months, to achieve optimum clearance of certain inks.  Why?  Because some inks are very tough, deeply hued, or both.  Many inks are tweaked by manufacturers to improve their “lightfastness”.  Lightfastness is the degree to which a…

Tattoo Ink Darkening in Response to Laser Treatment

Why don’t some tattoos respond to laser treatment?  Unfortunately, not even the best laser on the planet, the PicoSure, can remove all tattoos.  The primary reason for this is that the ink, or one of its components, usually a metal or metal derivative, responds negatively or not at all.  For example, white inks contain large…

PicoSure Laser Treatment – Blisters & Caring for the Treated Area

Blistering is a common side effect of PicoSure laser treatment but it is not indicative of whether a treatment will be more successful.  These blisters are generally not thermal in nature but rather, they are produced by the photomechanical action of the PressureWave.   Several factors may increase the likelihood of blistering including the size, color…

Austin PicoSure.com

The new PicoSure Laser tattoo removal system is better at removing blue ink because it uses photo-mechanical principles as opposed to relying on photo-thermal action alone. Older POS Q-switched lasers simply heat up the target area to break up the tattoo ink but picosecond technology takes advantage of photo-mechanical impact/stress to shatter ink into the…

PicoSure Tattoo Removal Before & After Photos

Click to enlarge. Selective removal of just the butterfly.  PicoSure with Boost and 532nm handpiece were used. Multicolored butterfly. Large back piece that covered the left shoulder blade. Before and after of backpiece fade for cover up tattoo placement.  Gorgeous! Same piece used in a PicoSure ad. Large black tattoo with grey shading. Purple & black wrist…