Remove all tattoo inks effectively with Pico Laser
For many years, tattoo removal has been performed with various treatments with varying degrees of success. While tattoos are still considered permanent, it is now becoming easier to remove them with newer, more advanced lasers.
How does tattoo stay in the skin?
In order for the ink to stay permanently in the skin, a tattoo artist punctures the skin with hundreds of needle pricks, depending on the size of the tattoo. Each prick delivers ink into the dermis, the skin layer below the epidermis. Most of the tattoo pigment stays put after the ink is delivered into the skin. It stays in the dermis within the skin cells.
Getting a tattoo may seem like a good idea at the spur-of-the-moment, but tattoo regret is very common. In fact, a survey was conducted with 600 people who got tattoo and about 75 percent of these respondents expressed their regret for getting inked.
Fortunately, newer and more advanced lasers are able to remove tattoo of all colors more effectively with less downtime.
Using Pico laser for removing tattoo
The energy emitted by PicoSure laser is the same as Q-switched laser except for its pulse duration. It creates an intense photothermal impact on the skin in one-trillionth of a second, whereas for Q-switched lasers are in one-billionth of a second. Simply speaking, PicoSure laser spares the skin serious thermal damage that regular lasers may inflict. This is because PicoSure laser stays on the skin much shorter than Q-switched lasers, causing the skin to heat up the skin less quickly and reduce chances of scarring. The PicoSure technology also targets dark pigments on the skin with more precision and efficacy.
Are all tattoo inks easy to remove?
Unfortunately, no. Different color pigments respond to different light wavelengths. In general, black inks are the easiest to remove because black pigments absorb the laser most easily. This is followed by red and darker shades of blue. Light green and neon colors are the most challenging to remove.
Some factors that may contribute to the removal of tattoo ink:
SKIN COLOR The color of your skin plays a very important role in determining how easy or difficult removing tattoo is in your skin. PicoSure laser works by breaking down the ink color if the contrast between the ink and your skin color is huge. This means to say that black ink on a fair-skinned person would come off more easily than on a person with tanned skin.
AGE OF TATTOO The older the tattoo, the easier it is for the laser to break down the ink pigments. This is because the ink in older tattoos have had more time to disperse under the skin and move closer to the top layer of the skin.
QUALITY OF TATTOO Good quality tattoos are more difficult to remove as compared to a tattoo done by an amateur. If the tattoo is done by an experienced tattoo artist, the ink is usually placed deeper into the skin. This means that removing it becomes more tedious, but not impossible.
TYPE OF LASER In the past, there was no laser that can remove all ink colors. Most traditional Q-switched lasers can only effectively remove the darker hues, while leaving residual lighter colors in the skin.
Tattoo removal using PicoSure
Pulsed picosecond energy interacts with the tattoo, leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. After the treatment, the treated area will appear inflamed and sore for a few days. During the healing process, the body metabolizes the tattoo ink particles and exit the body, resulting in a gradual lightening of the tattoo.
Other than tackling darker shades of tattoo inks, PicoSure laser can also effectively break down other tattoo inks that are traditionally challenging to remove, such as green, yellow, blue and teal.
The 755nm wavelength targets the black, blue and green tattoo inks, while the 532nm wavelength targets colors such as red, yellow and orange.
Are there any side effects after the treatment?
Tattoo removal is an aggressive treatment that uses a powerful laser to break down the pigments in the dermis. You can expect some redness and inflammation for a few days post-treatment. During the recovery process, you need to stay out of the sun and regularly moisturise the skin.
How many sessions are required to completely remove tattoo?
How many sessions you need depend on several factors. Some of these factors are:
- Your skin color
- Size of the tattoo
- Age of the tattoo
- Placement of the tattoo
- Color of the tattoo
- Metabolic rate of your body
It is safe to say that on the average, most cases of tattoo removal take about 5 to 6 sessions about 4 weeks apart.
How much does it cost to remove tattoo?
It is difficult to provide an estimated price because it depends on several factors and the number of sessions you need.
In general, a small area will set you back by about S$300 per session. A large area will cost about S$2,000 per session.
- Remove all colors of tattoo easily
- Convenient treatment with minimal downtime
People who wish to remove their tattoo.