I often get asked the questions “Why can’t the PicoSure laser remove a tattoo in a single treatment?” or “Why does it have to take so long?” To answer this important query, we must first contemplate what exactly would it take to remove the number of ink particles, or spheres, found in a single tattoo? That leads us to the next question of just how many ink particles are we talking about? Take a look at the image below; see all those tattoo ink balls mixed into the matrix of the skin cells? Well the ratio is much greater than 1:1. In fact, if there were only one particle of pigment to every skin cell, we wouldn’t even be able to see the tattoo. In other words, the pigment particles vastly outnumber the cells in order for us to see and appreciate the incredible beauty (or not) of your tattoo. If we consider the fact that each of us has about 35 billion skin cells (roughly 10 million per square inch), that requires a lot of ink balls to produce an image.
So back to the initial question of how come it takes so long? Let’s imagine we went hunting with 100 bird dogs; that’s a lot right? But what if we shot (my apologies to the Audubon Society) 12,000,000 birds? How long would it take for 100 dogs to retrieve that many birds? Answer: a long time. That’s what happens when we use the PicoSure laser for tattoo removal; we shoot a lot of pigment and it takes your body (lymphocytes) quite a while to retrieve it all. So you see, it’s not a limitation of the PicoSure laser but rather, a limitation of the human body to rid itself of unwanted ink. After all, it’s a physical removal process requiring an individual white blood cell to remove a single ball of ink. The good news: with your dedication and my commitment and experience, that tattoo will eventually be cleared – like it never even happened. If you have a tattoo you want removed safely and effectively with the best tattoo removal laser available, 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.