How black is black? Sometimes a very deep, dark black tattoo outline may appear as though it’s going to be resistant to PicoSure laser tattoo removal. However, we know what’s taking place on a microscopic level; ink particles are being shattered by the photomechanical PressureWave and carried off by the body via lymphatic drainage and phagocytic activity. So how can it look as though nothing is happening initially? Well we have to go back to my original question regarding just how black are some blacks.
When we remove a layer of deep-set black outline ink, placed by a heavy-handed artist, we reveal the layers below which are also obviously black and still quite visible. Because the skin is translucent, meaning we can see through it, the remaining layers, although deeper can still be readily seen. It’s sort of like an old printer running out of black toner; the words get lighter but we can still read them quite clearly. It may take 3 or 4 treatments before we see islands of clear skin within the blackest of tattoos.
So what does all this mean to a PicoSure tattoo removal patient? We must be patient on some tattoos and trust that the technology is working. Hopefully your provider is charging you a fair price and even though you may require a significant number of treatments to remove your deep coal-black tattoo it will still be affordable. Remain committed to your tattoo removal and you will be glad you did. If you have a dark black tattoo that is heavily saturated with ink and you would like it safely and thoroughly removed with PicoSure, give me a call and let’s get started. To schedule a free consultation, 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.