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 understanding of the process and potential outcomes of each treatment. For example, it’s my responsibility to help teach you how to care for your treatment area once you leave the office. The tattoo will undergo several distinct phases and proper care throughout the healing process helps ensure you’re ready for the next treatment and that your skin stays healthy as the ink is being removed.
Occasionally we’ll discuss the various PicoSure laser settings used to fine tune a treatment. Just like snowflakes, every tattoo and individual is unique so each treatment is tailored to maximize removal and minimize the potential for side effects. Take a look at our actual PicoSure laser below. It’s one of the first 15 units that were built and shipped by the manufacturer. I’ve labeled the primary components and controls. The user interface is the multicolored touch screen on the top front. This is where the operator inputs your treatment settings. However, spot size, which is the diameter of the laser beam, is adjusted by turning the handpiece. By making the spot size smaller we increase the amount of energy delivered to the tattoo which is measured in Joules per centimeter squared (J/CM2).
This is just a cursory overview; laser technology is highly complex and fascinating. It’s important that your provider truly understands the various settings and the proper techniques for application to ensure the safety and efficacy of the treatments. If you have a specific question for me regarding laser tattoo removal you can email me at the address below. If you just want to get rid of your ink, 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.
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