Occasionally I’ll get a question regarding a “ghost” image being left behind following PicoSure laser tattoo removal. The ghost image phenomenon is usually just transient hypopigmentation, which resolves on its own in most cases. So what causes hypopigmentation? During the course of treatments, the natural melanin pigment is removed via the same mechanism as the tattoo pigment. Once the unwanted tattoo is removed, and the treatments are discontinued, the skin will repigment itself in time. However, the risk of permanent hypopigmentation is directly correlated to the number of treatments required to remove the tattoo (see graph); the fewer the treatments, the less chance for unwanted side effects. For this reason, I only recommend the PicoSure laser for all of my tattoo removal clients because it clears more ink in fewer sessions.
The PicoSure laser’s picosecond pulse creates a powerful PressureWave, which shatters ink particles so they can be cleared by the body. It also disrupts the ink-laden tissues, separating the cells from the pigment. This is referred to as photomechanical impact and it’s a revolutionary technology that goes far beyond the simple photothermal action of old-style POS Q-switched lasers, which can only burn the tattoo pigment in an attempt to destroy it. The first and only PicoSure laser actually decreases the risk of unwanted side effects, such as permanent hypopigmentation and scarring. If you have a tattoo you would like removed safely with PicoSure I can be reached by phone @ 512-479-9997 or just stop by Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.