<30 Minutes Patient Downtime
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7-10 Procedure Type
WHAT IS PICOSURE® TATTOO REMOVAL?
PicoSure® is the world’s first picosecond laser and the only advanced tattoo removal laser with PressureWave technology, which works with your body to remove unwanted ink. Our nursing staff is among the most experienced in the San Francisco Bay Area which is why Illuminate was named the Northern California Center of Excellence for PicoSure®.
This treatment is the most advanced tattoo removal laser of its kind, requiring fewer sessions and less downtime. It uses PressureWave technology, which involves delivering extremely short bursts of specialized energy that targets ink particles. The rapid pulses create pressure that breaks up those ink particles, which are then flushed out of your body through your lymphatic system. This targeted approach means complete and effective tattoo removal without any damage to the healthy skin around it.
We recommend that patients apply a topical numbing medication prior to treatment. Once the area has been anesthetized, we can begin treatment. The typical-sized tattoo takes about ten minutes to treat. It can be quite uncomfortable for patients, but treatments are quick.
HOW LONG IS RECOVERY TIME?
There may be some slight soreness where the laser has been used on your skin, but it should fade quickly. More aggressive treatments may cause the skin to blister or raise, but this resolves in a few days.
We advise patients to keep their tattoo covered for the first 24 hours after treatment and avoid soaking in tubs or pools for about two weeks. Treatments are typically spaced 8-12 weeks apart from each other.
WHICH INK COLORS DOES PICOSURE® TATTOO REMOVAL TREAT?
PicoSure® successfully treats tattoos that have been resistant to treatment with traditional q-switched laser technologies. It is one of few lasers that are FDA approved to treat black, blue, green, red, orange and yellow ink.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS FROM PICOSURE® TATTOO REMOVAL?
Patients will see changes to their tattoo almost immediately, with continued improvement over the next 6-8 weeks.* Multiple sessions are required in order to achieve the best outcome.
HOW MUCH DOES PICOSURE® TATTOO REMOVAL COST?
The cost of PicoSure® tattoo removal tends to average between $300 and $1000 per treatment. Naturally, the size and complexity of your tattoo will play a large part in determining the cost per session. Our patients have been very happy using services like CareCredit and Alphaeon for financing. Many of our patients will choose to apply for credit cards with longer terms at 0% interest.