FAQ – PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal



 Q:        Why does it take so many treatments to remove a tattoo?

A:        It doesn’t, if you use a PicoSure™ with Boost.  If you’re using a POS Q-switched laser that literally was invented to remove India ink from old-style sailor tattoos, then you might need 20 or more treatments to remove a modern tattoo.  And there’s no guarantee it will work.

Q:        Is black really the easiest ink to remove?

A:        It used to be before PicoSure™ lasers were invented.  Back when Q-switched lasers were the only thing available, they took off black tattoos best because they are ineffective on colors.

Q:        What makes PicoSure™ more effective than Q-switched lasers with decades old   technology?

A:        The PicoSure™ laser pulses so quickly (in trillionths of a second) that it produces a powerful patented PressureWave™ that shatters ink particles in to pieces small enough for the body to remove.  Q-switched lasers, on the other hand, fire so slowly (100 times    slower than PicoSure™) that they cannot produce a PressureWave™.

Q:        If Q-switched laser can’t produce a PressureWave™ then what is the technology behind them?

A:        Q-switched laser use a technology called photothermal reaction which heats up the tattoo ink.  Unfortunately, these old lasers also heat up and often burn and scar the skin.   PicoSure™ lasers, on the other hand, go beyond photothermal and utilize what’s known as photomechanical energy, which literally breaks the ink apart.

Q:        Will I blister and why?

A:        Most likely you will experience some blistering.  In the case of a Q-switched laser, the blistering is thermal in nature, meaning the skin got burned.  With PicoSure™, the        blisters are not thermal, but are actually caused by the PressureWave™ vibrating across the skin, almost like friction.

Q:        Where does the ink go?

A:        Much of the ink is instantly vaporized, but the rest moves into the lymph system and is carried away through circulation and white blood cells.

Q:        Is the circulating ink dangerous to my body?

A:        Studies show that PicoSure™ laser tattoo removal is safe and effective and the FDA has cleared it for that purpose, among other things, like scar rejuvenation.  Just to be on the safe side, I don’t treat pregnant or breast feeding women.

Q:        How long do you wait in between treatments?

A:        Generally treatments are spread 4-8 weeks apart with the average being 6 weeks.  This interval depends upon the size of the tattoo, location and several other factors, such as individual patient healing times. 

Q:        What PicoSure™ laser settings do you use?

A:        I base the settings upon a number of factors including, tattoo size, color, location, reaction, skin type and progression.  Each tattoo and patient is unique so I create an            individualized care plan for each and every removal.

Q:        Why should I use PicoSure™ laser to fade a tattoo for a cover up?

A:        The PicoSure™ laser is the fastest, most effective tattoo removal laser available and it can easily fade a tattoo in order to give you and your artist the best choices on the cover up artwork.  Without fading, a cover up tattoo will have to be much larger and darker to cover the original design.

Q:        What qualifications should a PicoSure™ or Q-switched tattoo removal laser operator have?

A:        Although qualifications vary greatly, your best bet is a licensed medical professional, who is either a doctor or nurse that has been thoroughly trained by the manufacturer.  I personally am a Registered Nurse with a Master’s degree.  Tattoo removal is a medical procedure that requires a doctor’s order and unfortunately, countless patients are injured every year by so-called “laser technicians”.

Q:        Why is the PicoSure™ laser considered safer than Q-switched lasers?

A:        Because PicoSure™ lasers pulse so quickly, they do not produce thermal injury (burns) to the skin.  Additionally, since PicoSure™ lasers require fewer treatments, they are less likely to cause permanent hypopigmentation, scarring, or other damage, caused by repeated unnecessary treatments.

Q:        Can you remove tattoos from dark-skinned individuals?

A:        Unfortunately, skin types V and VI risk severe hypopigmentation, regardless of the type   of laser used.  Dark-skinned African Americans and blacks should avoid laser tattoo removal because their pigment blocks the laser light from reaching its target.

Q:        Why do the after pictures sometimes contain a ghost image?

A:        Because the after pictures are generally taken about 6-8 weeks following the last    treatment and the skin pigment hasn’t had time to return to normal.  Most patients don’t    come back 6 months later just for a post treatment photo-op.

Q:        What if I don’t know how my tattoo will respond?

A:        I generally offer a no-cost test spot, in an inconspicuous part of the tattoo, so that the patient can see how they will respond.  Test spots should also be performed when there is a question regarding pigment changes.

Q:        Where is www.austinpicosure.com located?

A:        I have my PicoSure™ laser housed within a state-of-the-art med spa in downtown Austin, TX. I can be reached  by phone @ 512-479-9997  or just stop by my NEW location:  Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.  I look forward to meeting you and safely and effectively helping you get rid of your unwanted ink once and for all.

FAQ Austin PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

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