What Goes into Having a Tattoo Removed?

As many as one in every seven people with a tattoo suffers from what has become known as “tattoo regret,” according to a 2014 report from Bloomberg. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that more than 45,000 tattoo removal procedures were performed in 2013, and that number is expected to continue to increase. As tattoo regret becomes a very real and growing problem in the U.S., technology has arrived to make this procedure less painful and more effective than ever before. Check out the steps that go into having a tattoo removed at Umansky Plastic Surgery.

Introducing PicoSure Technology

Laser technology has been used for tattoo removal for some time, but recent developments in this area have made laser tattoo removal more effective than ever before. The PicoSure laser tattoo removal system offers innovative technology that eliminates tattoos more completely and in fewer treatment sessions than former laser procedures. This device offers shorter light pulses than any other laser, giving it the ability to shatter a wide range of ink pigments for more effective disappearance of your body art.

About the Procedure

PicoSure laser treatments typically take just a few minutes to complete, due to the rapid action of the laser pulses. The discomfort of the procedure is comparable to when you got your tattoo, but much shorter in duration. A cooling anesthetic is applied prior to the procedure to help keep you comfortable during treatment. This procedure does not utilize heat the way other lasers do, minimizing the risk of skin damage and burning. Most patients can return to regular activities as soon as the procedure is over.

Number of Sessions

Although PicoSure is much more effective than other lasers at removing body ink, results will not be achieved in a single treatment session. Some colors, such as blues and greens, are more difficult to eliminate and will require additional treatments. Most patients need an average of 3-6 sessions with the PicoSure laser to see full results. Treatments are spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart to allow the body time to expel the pigment from one treatment before another is performed.

At Umansky Plastic Surgery, we offer PicoSure laser tattoo removal for our patients suffering from tattoo regret. Whether you want your tat removed due to changes in your lifestyle, a new job or a new soulmate, our team can help. Contact Umansky Plastic Surgery today at 858-281-4560 to find out if PicoSure laser tattoo removal is right for you.