How many treatments will tattoo removal require?
The number of laser treatments needed for tattoo removal is dependent on a number ofvariables such as ink type, size of the tattoo, location on the body, type of laser used, lifestylehabits, etc. During your consultation, a practitioner will evaluate your tattoo and recommend arealistic treatment regime to help you achieve the best results.
How often will I need treatments?
While it typically takes 4-8 weeks for the body to absorb the ink particles, every patient andtattoo responds differently. Following the recommended post treatment protocol will likelyimprove the results and reduce the chance of small adverse events.
How will my skin look after the laser treatment?
The ideal clinical endpoint for the tattoo treatment is an immediate slight whitening or“frosting” of the skin, however that will subside immediately after the treatment is complete.Other observable effects include mild swelling and redness. Your practitioner will direct you onhow best to keep the area moist.
My tattoo was treated with a laser in the past and didn’t clear, why would I try again now?
Until the launch of PicoSure, Q-Switched lasers had been considered the gold standard forremoving tattoos. Q-Switched laser treatments use thermal energy to heat up and break apartthe ink particles. Now with PicoSure, ultra-short pulses hit the ink particle with a pressure sogreat, the ink shatters intotiny dust-like particles. Because the particles are so small, they aremore readily absorbed and eliminated by the body. PicoSure has been proven success intreating even dark, stubborn blue and green inks, as well as previously-treated, stubborntattoos that were not successfully cleared in the past.
Can I lighten the tattoo to have another one put on top?
Tattoos can be lightened in preparation for a cover-up tattoo. Your practitioner may have youwait six weeks between your last treatment and when you have the new tattoo completed.
How much does tattoo removal cost?
The cost of laser tattoo removal depends on several factors, including the size of tattoo andthe number of treatments it will require. Most insurance companies will not cover laser tattooremoval since it is considered an elective cosmetic procedure. After your consultation, yourpractitioner will provide you a price estimate for the treatment series.