Usually the very first treatment with the PicoSure laser for tattoo removal creates an amazing result, especially in blue, green, black shaded and purple tattoos. An enormous amount of pigment is vaporized and removed simply because the tattoo has never before been treated and it is still deeply saturated with ink. Subsequent treatments do not remove as much ink because quite frankly there’s not as much pigment left over from the previous treatment. This continues throughout the course of tattoo removal and might be referred to as the rule of diminishing returns; when there is less ink to remove then less ink is removed.
Sometimes a patient will tell me “I don’t think we got much out this time.” However, when we look at the side by side before and after pictures, they clearly show ink clearance. Remember the old adage “A watched pot never boils.”? Some things work out in their own time, so being impatient and constantly checking will just make things seem longer. If you look at your treated tattoo every day for six weeks until your next appointment, it might seem as though nothing is taking place because the change is very gradual. We must remember that the absorption and removal is taking place at the microscopic level. It is virtually impossible to see a change day to day.
Bottom line: don’t get discouraged. Most likely, your tattoo will come off but it will take time and dedication on both you and your provider’s part. Taking a photo each time will help ensure that your tattoo is responding. If it isn’t, a change in technique or PicoSure laser settings might be necessary. One thing we absolutely don’t want to do is injure the skin due to impatience. Every week I see folks who have been left scarred because some other operator put too much energy into the skin. It’s not worth it. If your tattoo has stopped responding, please talk with your doctor and come up with a new plan. Maybe that will include using a state of the art PicoSure laser. If it does I can be reached by phone @ 512-479-9997 or just stop by my NEW location in Austin, TX: Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.