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Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

A short-pulsed laser produces an extremely bright beam of light that shatters the cells containing the tattoo pigment into tiny pieces like grains of sand while leaving surrounding skin and tissue unharmed.

 

What does the procedure entail?

The PicoSure treatment is highly tolerable. Many patients have compared it to a rubber band snapping against the skin. The area to be treated may be numbed or chilled with cool air.

 

How long will the results last?

The benefits are permanent. Once removed, the tattoo will not return.

How many treatments does it take to remove a tattoo?

In general – professional and amateur tattoos come off in as few as five treatments. Even less for patients who simply want to fade their tattoo in preparation for new artwork.  Colors such as yellow, pink and white that were once difficult to remove are now easily treated with this newest  picoseconds technology.

 

How frequently can I return for more treatments?

Tattoo fading is a slow process and depends on participation by your body's immune system to work. We recommend that you wait at least 4-6 weeks to get the greatest value from each laser treatment.

 

What is the aftercare like?

During laser treatment, your tattoo may look gray or frosted. The site may become swollen and red, but this usually lasts only a few hours. It is important to keep that tattoo covered to avoid sun exposure. Usually, a mild sunburn sensation lingers. Additional care will be discussed at the time of your visit.

 

Is there a risk of scarring?

The revolutionary PicoSure laser used for tattoo removal does not typically leave scars, although there is a small risk of this if you have a tendency to form abnormal scars or keloids.