Often times, I utilize the PicoSure laser to finally remove recalcitrant tattoos. Some of you might be wondering exactly what that means. We often hear the word “recalcitrant” when speaking of a tattoo that’s been shown to be hard to remove. Technically speaking, a recalcitrant tattoo is one that has visible pigment after at least 10 laser treatments. If you consider the fact that most laser treatments are roughly 6 weeks apart, this means a patient has undergone at least 10 treatments which have taken over a year to complete. I have had many patients who lost count of the number of their treatments. Many times these recalcitrant tattoos are scarred and visibly hypopigmented or discolored. One reason for the existence of tattoo “remnants” and recalcitrant tattoos is the inability of Q-switched lasers to remove tough or colored inks. Additionally, Q-switched lasers use a higher fluence (energy measured in J/cm2) which increases the risk of thermal injury to the skin. Fortunately, recalcitrant and remnant tattoos can be effectively treated with PicoSure lasers to remove the residual ink and hopefully diminish the appearance of the scarring. It may seem counterintuitive, but the PicoSure laser tattoo removal system actually uses less energy and gets greater results, which means fewer to no unwanted side effects.
If you’ve been working on removing your tattoo for years and are frustrated with the lack of clearance, perhaps you’re ready for PicoSure. If so, 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.