PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal
People have been getting tattoos since the beginning of time. But what happens when you regret your decision to ink and want to get it removed? It may be time for laser tattoo removal. PicoSure is just one of the many FDA approved ways to get your tattoo removed, and you may have heard about the procedure. If you’re still on the fence about having it done, here is what you need to know.
What exactly is PicoSure?
PicoSure uses laser technology that is safe and often used for different body cosmetic treatments. It doesn’t just remove tattoos; PicoSure can also get rid of unwanted sunspots and fine lines. Some claim it has helped reduce their wrinkles. In short, this type of laser treatment is quicker and more effective than many other traditional nanosecond lasers.
Dr. Omar Ibrahimi of the Connecticut Skin Institute explains how a laser can break up those tiny ink particles buried beneath your skin. “With a series of treatments the particles become broken up enough until they are no longer visible,” he says.
If you go in for a PicoSure treatment, here’s what to know.
Step 1: Get Recommendations
Check first–have you consulted a doctor about PicoSure? As with any other cosmetic procedure, it helps to have a second opinion, and a professional physician or even dermatologist to guide you as you make important decisions. He or she can suggest what might be the best option for your skin, and how to go about it.
Step 2: Sign up and Suck Up
You will experience very short and fast pulses of concentrated energy. Don’t be alarmed–it hurt way more getting the actual tatt, right? These ink particles need to be broken down into smaller pieces. Once that happens, your body will naturally reject them, due to an intact immune system. Slowly but surely, that nasty tattoo will fade. Thanks to PicoSure.
Hooman Khorasani, Chief of Dermatologic and Cosmetic Surgery says you won’t be in pain, because “they numb you up.” On the tattoo removal process, he told Men’s Health, “You go into the room with the laser, which is very warm because the laser generates a lot of energy. You lie down and it’s over in the time it would take you to trace the tattoo with a pen.”
Step 3: Don’t forget the follow-up treatments
Don’t think you can do with just one treatment. Your tattoo will look terrible during the fading stage! The recommended time frame to space out appointments for PicoSure laser treatments around 6-8 weeks apart, and you will notice faster fading within sessions.
Follow up includes taking care of your skin with high-quality products. Never mistreating it, or staying out in the sun too long, for example.
Step 4: The Final Process of Tattoo Removal
After those 6-8 treatments, your skin may have already taken on its normal color. The tattoo will be significantly faded. Exactly when it is completely invisible always depends on the person.
The color of the tattoo that you had also plays a part in how dark the pigmentation is. The good news is that with technology racing as fast as it is, everyone can now access both tattoos and tattoo removal.
And, by the way, if you’re regretting having regrets, live and learn. You’re in good company. Even celebrities have had to go in to get their skin fixed up–and not just with cosmetic surgery! Dynamic men who have had tattoos removed include Johnny Depp, Russell Brand, and Pharrell Williams.
If you find yourself over at BSG and want a second opinion on whether to keep your tattoo or not, have a chat with our professional stylists. They know a good piece of art when they see one and know how to tell you when it’s time to laser that ex’s name goodbye.