Homemade Tattoos Cannot Withstand the Removal Power of the PicoSure Laser

You may have noticed numerous tattoos over the years that were obviously homemade and wondered what the artist or their client was thinking at the time.  Luckily, these unprofessional tattoos cannot stand up to the PicoSure laser when it comes time for laser tattoo removal.  Many of these inks, though not professionally made, can be quite tough because of the ingredients used.  For example, in the tattoo image below, my patient had used burnt blue razor handles mixed with water to make the ink.  I imagined these dots would come right out but the removal was actually much tougher than it first appeared.  Plastic soot is quite difficult for the body to remove.

Homemade Tattoo Austin PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

Homemade Tattoo Using Burnt Plastic For Ink

Fortunately, the PicoSure laser pulses so quickly (think trillionths of a second) that the ink is shattered into the smallest of particles by the resultant PressureWave.  Residual ink particulate matter can then be easily carried away by the body’s lymph system or scavenged and removed by macrophage white blood cells.  When combined with the Boost upgrade, virtually no particulate, plastic, metal or other strange ink, can withstand the laser’s energy and the state-of-the-art way in which it is delivered.  If you have a homemade tattoo that was laid in with India ink, burnt plastic spoons, razor handles or whatever, and you would like it safely and effectively removed with the PicoSure laser, 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.



  1. Ali - Reply

    Hi my son has just come out of prison he has soot tattoos on his face, can I get these romoved. Thanku regards ali

    • admin - Reply

      Hi Ali,
      Soot tattoos can be cleared with PicoSure – I’ve done it myself. The earliest tattoos known to man were most likely made with the burnt ends of sharpened sticks which were nothing more than soot tattoos. But even plastic soot tattoos can be easily removed with PicoSure. I wish your son the best of luck. Thanks, Brendan

      • admin - Reply

        Hi Victoria, Yes, facial prison tattoos can be easily and safely removed with the PicoSure laser. There are many reasons why people get tattooed and just as many reasons for wanting them off. Thankfully, the technology has evolved to where almost any tattoo can come off. If a tattoo cannot be removed with a laser, due to an ink or skin condition or reaction, it may also be excised by a skilled plastic surgeon. I would suggest your family member start by having a consultation with the nearest PicoSure provider. You can find one here: https://www.cynosure.com/for-patients/find-a-provider/

        Thanks, Brendan Leigh, MS, RN

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