A tattoo that is no longer wanted can be a regret that gets carried with you wherever you go, and although you can cover it up with things like clothing or makeup, these are temporary solutions that don’t address the root of the problem. Smith Facial Plastics is proud to provide a solution to meet your needs with the Picosure® Laser from Cynosure, a new method of tattoo removal that is designed to get the job done gently without sacrificing speed or efficiency.
The Picosure® laser removes tattoos by targeting them with a concentration of light and heat, which destabilizes the ink and breaks it into smaller particles which can be more easily targeted and removed by the body. This treatment is spread out into multiple sessions that will be spaced out between weeks. With each session a little bit more of the tattoo will be broken down for the body to remove, making it a little less visible with each visit. The skin will likely be sensitive during the day following a treatment, so avoiding unnecessary sunlight for that time is suggested.
A picosecond is a thousand times faster than the typical laser nanosecond speed. By using the picosecond, the energy from the Picosure® laser travels into the dermis with more intensity than a typical nanosecond laser, while also taking a briefer amount of time to permeate under the skin. This leads to is a lower chance of side effects like blistering and swelling. Since the Picosure® laser works more quickly than the average cosmetic laser, it also means that fewer sessions are required for the completion of the procedure than would be needed if using a traditional nanosecond laser. The Picosure® laser is also excellent at removing particles of colored ink, with exceptional reaction to blue, green, and purple.
Your candidacy for the treatment will be determined during a consultation, which is required before the laser procedure. This consultation will involve one of the professionals from our practice sitting down with you to discuss your specific cosmetic goals as well as your existing medical history.