According to Statistic Brain, an independent research firm, 45 million Americans have one tattoo or more. At least 17 percent have tattoo regret. They would like to have their ink removed, but are apprehensive – about pain, number of treatment sessions, poor results, scarring, and cost. Dr. Pamela Carr understands these concerns. She brings a new option to patients in the Sugar Land, TX area. PicoSure is the most advanced laser therapy available for safe, effective tattoo removal.
The PicoSure Tattoo Removal Difference
All laser and tattoo removal methods are not created equal. PicoSure is new technology. Laser tattoo removal uses pulses of focused light to destroy pigments under the surface of the skin. The difference between PicoSure and older lasers is a faster pulse speed – the difference between a nanosecond (a billionth of a second) and a picosecond (one trillionth of a second). These incredibly fast pulses of energy shatter tattoo ink so that it may be eliminated safely and naturally by white blood cells in the body.
To the patient, this means fewer treatments with reduced recovery time, faster clearance, and low risk of scarring or thickened skin. All of that comes with a smaller price tag. Older methods that fractured ink with nanosecond technology required an average of 15 laser tattoo removal sessions for clearance. PicoSure tattoo removal treatments take only a few minutes, and usually just seven or eight sessions. With adjustable wavelengths, the FDA-cleared PicoSure laser eliminates a broader range of colors, too – even stubborn blues and greens.
Laser Tattoo Removal FAQs
How far apart do you separate laser tattoo removal sessions?
Because of the efficiency of the PicoSure laser we use at Carr Dermatology, we can remove that unwanted tattoo quicker and with fewer sessions than older lasers used for tattoo removal. The secret is the incredibly short bursts of laser energy delivered by the PicoSure laser.
Depending on the size of the tattoo, each session may take as little as 10-15 minutes. Although far fewer treatment sessions are needed for the PicoSure laser to remove your tattoo, it still requires more than a single session. These PicoSure tattoo removal sessions must be spaced between 4-8 weeks apart so that your skin can calm and your lymphatic system can carry away the broken up ink particles created by the laser energy.
How will laser tattoo removal impact my skin?
The PicoSure laser uses the latest technology for tattoo removal. Unlike other Q-switched lasers used for tattoo removal, the PicoSure uses rapid, short pulses of energy to create pressure changes that break apart ink particles. The particles become so fragmented they are small enough for the body’s lymphatic system to flush from the body.
What does that mean for your skin? Some older lasers could damage the surface skin due to the heat they delivered to break down the tattoo inks. Not only does PicoSure tattoo removal require only about half the sessions of other lasers to remove the tattoo, but its delivery of ultra-short pulse durations is easy on the skin. All of that adds up to less risk of damage to your skin with laser tattoo removal using the PicoSure laser at Carr Dermatology.
After treatment, the ink of the tattoo will “frost” and the surrounding skin will be somewhat red and slightly inflamed. This passes in a few hours. Blisters may sometimes form, requiring wound care.
Does PicoSure tattoo removal work?
Many people have heard stories of friends who have had laser tattoo removal, but there remains a ghost of a tattoo on their skin. At Carr Dermatology, we have experience treating the most recalcitrant tattoo. The FDA has approved the PicoSure laser for tattoo removal, acne scar treatment, and the removal of benign pigmented lesions.
Does laser tattoo removal hurt?
There is some pain associated with PicoSure tattoo removal. Pain is managed with numbing cream, blowing chilled air (Zimmer Chiller), and sometimes injections with lidocaine. Don’t forget that the PicoSure removes tattoos more quickly, requiring fewer sessions, so that means less overall pain as well.
Does the PicoSure laser deliver faster results?
As mentioned above, the PicoSure laser uses pressure changes, combined with heat, to break down tattoo ink. This laser tattoo removal method obliterates the inks more quickly.
What do I need to do to prepare for my laser tattoo removal session?
You need to limit sun exposure. Remember, you want to make it easy for the laser to differentiate between your skin tone and the tattoo inks.
What is the recovery time after each PicoSure tattoo removal session?
At Carr Dermatology, we love the results that our PicoSure laser delivers for our tattoo removal patients. We feel it is the finest laser available today. After treatment, there is some minor swelling and redness for a few hours and sometimes blisters. You need to wait from 4-8 weeks between sessions, but that is to allow your body to get to work removing the fractured ink particles.
If You Are Rethinking Your Ink…
We encourage you to take advantage of a no cost consultation with Dr. Carr, here at the Carr Dermatology offices in Sugar Land, TX, or by telephone. Every patient and every tattoo is different. The PicoSure laser targets color, so areas with contrast (lighter skin and darker inks) respond best. Newer tattoos break down more readily than old ink. This one-on-one evaluation allows Dr. Carr to determine if you are a good candidate for PicoSure tattoo removal. Dr. Carr is Board-certified in dermatology, and has more than 30 years of experience. She personally administers PicoSure tattoo removal treatments to ensure patients get care that is appropriate for their needs, and the professional attention they deserve.
You can say goodbye to the past and welcome a future of clear, beautiful skin with PicoSure laser tattoo removal at Carr Dermatology. Call (281) 494-0034 to arrange a consultation.
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