Tattoo Removal

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Breakthrough technology for faster tattoo removal - Faster clearance, fewer treatments

PicoSure is the world’s first picosecond laser for the effective removal of tattoos. PicoSure erases unwanted ink more effectively than ever before, successfully removing difficult ink colors as well as previously treated tattoos. Fewer treatments, faster recovery time, and greater results are now achievable with PicoSure.

“PicoSure truly is the most advanced system available for tattoo removal. We’re clearing most tattoos in fewer treatments, without causing any harm to the skin and the results are like nothing I’ve ever seen."

*Results may vary from person to person

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Tattoo Removal
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The Growing Need for Tattoo Removal

A poll conducted in October 2015 by Harris Interactive reported that tattoos are steadily increasing in popularity — but so is tattoo regret! Nearly one-fourth (23%) of those with tattoos say they regret getting one, up from 14% in 2012.

Various surveys of tattoo removal patients have provided insight into the motives for tattoo removal. Of those polled, those patients who regretted their tattoos were typically those who obtained them in their late teens or early twenties and were evenly distributed by gender.

Among those seeking removal, more than half reported that they “suffered embarrassment”. A new job, problems with clothes, new military requirements, and a significant life event were also commonly cited motivations. Personal relationship change — including the removal of an ex-husband or wife’s name — is another commonly encountered motive. Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria, Marc Anthony, and Denise Richards are some of the celebrities who have sought out tattoo removal for this reason. At Serenity Rejuvenation Center, we have a large population of patients/clients who also simply want a tattoo cover up and/or lightening, with the goal of changing the tattoo design.

Faster clearance, fewer treatments

Why Choose PicoSure Tattoo Removal?

PicoSure delivers laser energy that specifically targets tattoo ink while the PressureWave technology successfully shatters the ink particles without harming the surrounding tissues. PicoSure is proven to work effectively on:

  • Multicolored tattoos, including blues and greens
  • Hard to remove black ink
  • Stubborn, previously treated tattoos

The photomechanical mechanism or pressure generated by a PicoSure laser is referred to as PressureWave technology and is so intense that ink is broken into minuscule dust-like particles, reducing treatment times in half! The ink particles are transformed into small fragments that the body can absorb and eliminate through the lymphatic system. Thus, tattoo ink particles can be damaged while the surrounding tissue is not. Because heat is not used, tattoo removal is far less painful with PicoSure technology than with previous nanosecond treatment methods, such as Q-Switched.

Tattoo Removal Treatment Methods: Q-Switched (nanosecond) vs. PicoSure (picosecond)

The PicoSure utilizes ultra-short laser pulse widths to selectively target tattoo ink at one trillionth of a second. This difference in speed and pulse width between Q-Switched (nanosecond lasers) and the new gold standard PicoSure (picosecond laser) actually changes the mechanism of action from a photothermal mechanism (heating of ink) into a primarily photomechanical mechanism (pressure and shattering of the ink). A picosecond is 1000 times faster than a nanosecond.

A picosecond is 1000 times faster than a nanosecond. PicoSure (picosecond pulse durations) allow for inertial confinement, whereby photomechanical & photothermal damage are confined to the particle. Thus, tattoo ink particles can be damaged while the surrounding tissue is not. Compared with nanosecond pulse durations, picosecond lasers are likely to provide fewer adverse effects, such as scarring and/or hypopigmentation, due to reduced nonspecific targeting. 

PicoSure delivers more concentrated energy, which allows for the use of lower treatment fluence (energy). This reduction in treatment fluence decreases adverse side effects, such as posttreatment pigment alteration or scarring. The photomechanical mechanism or pressure generated by a PicoSure laser is referred to as PressureWave technology and is so intense that ink is broken into minuscule dust-like particles, reducing treatment times in half! The ink particles are transformed into small fragments that the body can absorb and eliminate through the lymphatic system.

Competing tattoo removal methods, such as Q-Switched can take between 10 and 20 treatments in order to clear a tattoo, while PicoSure technology can typically remove tattoos in just 3 to 6 treatments. The number of treatments for both methods varies according to ink type, age, and color.

Tattoo Removal FAQs

How does PicoSure laser tattoo removal work?

Laser energy is delivered to the tattoo, targeting the ink and breaking it down into smaller particles. The particles are eliminated through the body’s natural processes resulting in a lightening of the tattoo ink.

Is tattoo removal painful?

Laser tattoo removal is generally considered to be painful. Patients who have been treated by nanosecond Q-Switched technology prior to experiencing PicoSure technology at Serenity Rejuvenation Center have unanimously verbalized that the PicoSure is significantly less painful.  However, many still feel that tattoo removal with PicoSure can be painful.

As a prospective patient at Serenity Rejuvenation Center, you will be in good hands with Dr. O’Connell. A board certified physician with advanced residency and fellowship training in pain medicine, Dr. O’Connell has actually written a book chapter on local anesthetics: Pain Medicine & Interventional Pain Management A Comprehensive Review, Local Anesthetics & Membrane Stabilizing Drugs, 2011.  

Dr. O’Connell and Serenity Rejuvenation Center staff will discuss options and preferences with each potential patient/client and decide on the best pain management approach and decide on the appropriate care on an individual basis.

Most patients opt for either a topically applied numbing agent or an injectable numbing agent. There are patients who decide that no pain medicine is necessary. We will walk you through the options.

Types of Treatable Tattoos

  • Amateur: In most cases, amateur tattoos respond more quickly and readily than professional tattoos. Removal can be accomplished in approximately three fewer treatments than professional tattoos. Exceptions are those cases in which the ink has been deposited in the subcutaneous tissue.
  • Professional: Professional tattoos usually have an even distribution of ink with an even depth of placement. Most of the ink is in the dermis with little in the subcutaneous tissue. Since more ink is used in professional tattoos, as well as a greater number of colors, more treatments are needed to remove them.
  • Cosmetic: Cosmetic tattoos, such as lip and eyeliner, are usually made of iron-based inks. These inks may oxidize or blacken upon laser impact. Test sites should always be performed on cosmetic tattoos prior to treatment. Oxidized tattoos will require several treatments before improvement can be seen.
  • Traumatic: Traumatic tattoos occur when substances such as carbon or gunpowder are accidentally introduced into the skin. They can usually be removed in one or two treatment sessions.

How many treatments will tattoo removal require?

The number of laser treatments needed for tattoo removal is dependent on a number of variables, such as ink type, age of the tattoo, size of the tattoo, location on the body, lifestyle habits, etc. During your consultation, Dr. O’Connell & staff will evaluate your tattoo and recommend a realistic treatment regimen 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 and tattoo will respond differently. Following the recommended post treatment protocol will likely improve 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 after the treatment is complete. Other observable effects include mild swelling, redness, blistering, crusting, and scabbing. Over the course of several weeks, the ink will be resorbed and cleared by the body.

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 (nanosecond) lasers had been considered the gold standard for removing tattoos. Q-Switched (nanosecond) lasers use thermal energy to heat up and break apart the ink particles. Now with PicoSure, ultra-short pulses hit the ink particle with a pressure so great that the ink shatters into tiny dust-like particles. Because these particles are so small, they are more readily absorbed and eliminated by the body. This detailed mechanism of action has given PicoSure proven success in treating even dark, stubborn blue and green inks, as well as previously-treated, stubborn tattoos that were not successfully cleared in the past.

How much does tattoo removal cost?

The cost of laser tattoo removal in Bellevue depends on several factors, including the size of the tattoo and the number of treatments it will require. During your consultation, Dr. O’Connell and Serenity Rejuvenation Center will provide you a price estimate for the treatment series.

I want to cover-up my tattoo, can this be done?

Can my tattoo be lightened by the laser for a cover-up tattoo? Many of our clients request to have their tattoo’s lightened with the goal of getting a more desirable tattoo. The answer is yes  — tattoos can be absolutely be lightened in preparation for a cover-up tattoo!

How often can I come for treatment?

We know you’d like to have these tattoos removed as quickly as possible, but your body needs time to process the ink once the laser shatters it into tiny particles. At Serenity Rejuvenation Center, we typically space treatments 6 weeks apart.

A History of Tattoo Removal

A 2016 research study titled Lasers in tattoo and pigmentation control: role of PicoSure laser system was published in The Journal titled Medical Devices: Evidence and Research. The study design consisted of a comprehensive review of research articles to validate the continued application of the PicoSure laser system for tattoo removal.

Tattoo removal has been performed with various tools during the history of tattooing. While tattoos were once considered permanent, it is now possible to remove them. Before the development of laser tattoo removal methods, common techniques included dermabrasion, TCA (Trichloroacetic acid), salabrasion (scrubbing the skin with salt), cryosurgery, and excision (which is sometimes still used along with skin grafts for larger tattoos). Some early forms of tattoo removal included the injection or application of wine, lime, garlic or pigeon excrement.

Laser tattoo removal began in the early 1960s with the use of argon and CO2 lasers. The nonselective nature of these lasers led to significant side-effects, such as scarring and hypopigmentation. Advancement in laser technology in the 1980s led to more selective pigment targeting with quality–switched (Q-Switched lasers), which became commercially available in the early 1990s. Q–Switched lasers have historically been synonymous with lasers that produce pulse widths is the nanosecond range. From that time period up to the present day, nanosecond pulse-duration lasers have been the mainstays of care in the management of laser tattoo removal.

From the early 1990’s to 2013, Q-Switched lasers (nanosecond laser technology) were considered the gold standard for removing tattoos until the launch of the PicoSure laser system which is the world’s first picosecond laser platform. PicoSure is the new gold standard in laser tattoo removal.

Choosing Laser Tattoo Removal in Bellevue

Tattoo removal by laser systems is an evolving field that has experienced recent major advances in the use of picosecond lasers, including the introduction of the PicoSure laser. In the few comparison studies available, picosecond lasers are the most effective, requiring less treatments and lower fluences than nanosecond lasers.

In addition, when measured, patient satisfaction has been rated highly by the patients. Hence, although Q-Switched lasers using nanosecond pulses have been stalwarts in laser tattoo removal since the 1990s, recent technological advancements in picosecond lasers have revolutionized the field. Multiple recent studies have strengthened the argument for using picosecond pulse duration lasers for the removal of tattoos. Picosecond lasers are a safe and efficient therapy model for removal of tattoo pigments, most notably in darkly pigmented tattoos.

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*Results may vary from person to person