One of the questions I get most often is “How many treatments do you think I’ll need?” If you combine that question with the fact that as many as 50% of the new consults I get have been previously treated with some POS Q-switched laser it speaks to the matter of effective clearance. Proper clearance means that the area looks as though it was never even tattooed. Currently, when a tattoo still has visible ink after 10 or more treatments, it is considered “recalcitrant” – meaning hard to remove.
FACT: I remove recalcitrant tattoos that have been previously treated unsuccessfully with POS Q-switched lasers, regularly!
I’ve often wondered about that nice round number 10. It was probably coined back in the eighties when tattoo removal was much simpler and revolved around clearing India ink and other weak pigments. Today, modern tattoo inks are extremely resilient and lightfast. Manufacturers have gone to great lengths to add chemicals and metals to their pigments which make them both brilliant in coloration and unfortunately, difficult to remove. There are many patients out there who have had 20 or more treatments – including some of the patients below!
So what does this all mean? It means that the term ‘recalcitrant tattoo’ most likely needs to be redefined to something more realistic, based upon the reality that tattoos are inked with much tougher pigments than before. The answer? PicoSure! While it’s true that tattoos are harder to remove, the PicoSure laser with Boost and its PressureWave can destroy and clear even the toughest inks made. If you have a supposed recalcitrant tattoo that you’ve tried to remove unsuccessfully, don’t get a cover-up until you see me. Chances are very good that I will finally remove your unwanted ink once and for all. 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.
Click below to view these ‘Recalcitrant Tattoo’ images which were all UNSUCCESSFULLY treated by a POS Q-switched laser in some tattoo removal ‘clinic’: