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Benefits of Tattoo Removal with PicoSure & PicoSure Pro Laser
- Suitable for Caucasian, Mediterranean and Light Asian skin types
- Successfully removes Black, Green, Blue, and Purple inks
- Faster than standard Q Switch technology
- An average of about 6* treatments to entirely remove a tattoo
- Pico laser technology minimises the risk of scarring by using less heat
- Pico laser technology is less painful than standard lasers
- No pinpoint bleeding or broken skin
- 85 peer-reviewed clinical publications
- FDA and CE-approved
What is Laser Tattoo Removal?
Laser tattoo removal involves breaking down tattoo ink fragments into smaller pieces, small enough to fit into the bloodstream and be disposed of. Typically, tattoo ink molecules are too large to move when needled into the skin, and the body engulfs them in white blood cells as a form of protection. The laser breaks down the ink each time it passes over the tattoo, beginning at the upper layers and finishing in the depths of the dermis. The process stimulates increased blood flow, aiding the body in naturally eliminating the fragmented ink particles. The broken-down ink is then transported out of the body by immune cells, contributing to the gradual fading and removal of the tattoo. See before and after tattoo removal images here.
How Many Pico Laser Sessions to Remove a Tattoo?
Time between sessions is needed to allow the broken ink to move and reveal the layer underneath (around 6-8 weeks is ideal). Generally, a Picosecond laser will remove 2 layers of ink at a time – much more efficient than other laser tattoo removal options.
Not only will you need fewer sessions due to the development in technology, but opting for Pico laser tattoo removal reduces the gaps between sessions. Typically, a Q-switch laser requires 12-week intervals, meaning it could take 3 years to remove a tattoo in an average of 12 sessions. Pulse Light Clinic can perform laser tattoo removal sessions with Pico technology at intervals of as little as 4 weeks. However, 8 weeks is the recommended gap for optimum clearance and healing – an average tattoo needing 6 sessions will be gone in a year! Picosecond treatments remove most coloured inks in 1-4 sessions, unlike any other laser tattoo removal technologies that may not even entirely clear the ink.
Why Choose PicoSure and PicoSure Pro to Remove Your Tattoo?
This groundbreaking laser is the first of its kind, creating an intense photothermal impact on tattoo ink in trillionths of a second. By targeting only the ink and using pressure waves over heat waves, unlike nanosecond lasers, the surrounding tissue is spared damage, speeding up ink clearance and healing time.
The PicoSure 755 nm wavelength from Cynosure targets shading and Black, Blue and Green inks exceptionally well on Caucasian and light Asian skin types, with an added feature: the Boost function, which targets recalcitrant tattoos that are proving more stubborn to remove.
Do PicoSure and PicoSure Pro Remove Red, Yellow and Orange Ink?
Yes, we do have the handpiece to perform this treatment. PicoSure and PicoSure Pro remove a minimal amount of these colours or on more olive skin types. Pulse Light Clinic has the advantage of offering multiple lasers for tattoo removal, so we use the PicoWay laser instead to target these ink colours. With an in-built 532 nm laser, we can target red, yellow and orange ink more effectively, faster and in a tailored manner.
Removing Shading, Green and Blue Ink
Due to its shorter wavelength, PicoSure is exceptionally efficient at removing shading with minimal downtime. When treating fairer skin types, this is the go-to option. Studies and our results at Pulse Light Clinic show that blue ink can sometimes be gone in as little as one session, previously unheard of.
Formerly, the Ruby laser would take 10 or more sessions and sometimes never entirely remove residual blue/green ink. Blue and yellow ink are mixed with to form green inks. The blue ink will be targeted first when treating green ink, usually leaving behind the yellow. The PicoWay 532 nm can then treat the yellow ink for faster removal.
PicoSure and Darker Skin Types
Unfortunately, the technology has not yet advanced enough to remove coloured ink on darker skin types without compromising the skin. Find more information on which wavelengths are safe for your skin type here.
If you have a colourful tattoo and want more information on how the PicoSure lasers can help, book a free consultation at one of our 4 London clinics. Whether in person or by phone (if you send photos of your tattoo), our consultants can estimate the sessions you might need, explain the process and discuss which of our lasers we will use for the fastest result.
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PicoSure Tattoo Removal FAQ's
What is the PicoSure and PicoSure Pro Tattoo Removal System?
The PicoSure and PicoSure Pro Tattoo Removal System is an advanced laser technology designed for tattoo removal. Developed by Cynosure, this system utilises picosecond laser technology, delivering ultra-short pulses to break down tattoo ink efficiently. The PicoSure Pro is an enhanced version, providing optimal skin revitalisation, tattoo removal, and treatment for pigmentary conditions
How does the PicoSure system work?
The PicoSure system works by emitting picosecond pulses of laser energy. These pulses are incredibly short, lasting trillionths of a second. This rapid and intense delivery of energy creates a photothermal impact on tattoo ink, breaking it down into smaller particles. Unlike nanosecond lasers, PicoSure utilises pressure waves instead of heat waves, minimising damage to surrounding tissues. This targeted approach accelerates ink clearance and reduces healing time, making it a groundbreaking technology in tattoo removal
What are the benefits of using PicoSure over other tattoo removal methods?
Powered by Cynosure, the PicoSure system works by creating an intense photothermal impact on tattoo ink in trillionths of a second. Unlike nanosecond lasers, it uses pressure waves over heat waves, sparing surrounding tissue from damage. With 85 peer-reviewed clinical publications, its efficacy is well-documented.
Is the PicoSure treatment suitable for all skin types?
PicoSure and PicoSure Pro laser technology are ideal for Caucasian, Mediterranean, and Light Asian skin types, ensuring a safe and effective tattoo removal experience. The groundbreaking 755 nm wavelength specifically targets Black, Blue, and Green inks, delivering exceptional results.
Can PicoSure and PicoSure Pro remove coloured ink tattoos?
The Picosure system is exceptionally efficient at removing shading, green, and blue ink. Its shorter wavelength minimises downtime, and studies at Pulse Light Clinic show blue ink sometimes disappearing in just one session.
What is the average number of sessions required for tattoo removal with PicoSure or PicoSure Pro?
PicoSure technology allows for faster tattoo removal compared to traditional methods. On average, it may take about 6 sessions to entirely remove a tattoo with PicoSure or PicoSure Pro. The efficiency of picosecond laser technology enables the removal of two layers of ink at a time, making it a quicker process than nanosecond Q-Switch lasers.
What makes PicoSure different from other lasers?
PicoSure stands out from other lasers due to its picosecond pulse duration and unique approach. By using pressure waves over heat waves, it minimises damage to surrounding tissues, leading to faster ink clearance and reduced healing time. This sets PicoSure apart in terms of efficiency and safety compared to traditional nanosecond lasers.
How can I get an assessment for PicoSure tattoo removal?
Book a free consultation at one of our 4 London clinics, either in person or by phone with photo submission. Our consultants assess your needs, estimate sessions required, and discuss the fastest laser options for your colourful tattoo.
How painful is laser tattoo removal?
Opt for Pico laser tattoo removal for a faster, less painful experience. With an average of about 6 sessions, compared to the standard 12 with Q Switch technology, PicoSure minimises scarring by using less heat and offers shorter intervals between sessions. Say goodbye to pinpoint bleeding and broken skin.