Make sure that your tattoo is removed only by a highly experienced laser doctor or doctor-supervised nurse using only the world’s best tattoo removal laser. You only have one body and our goal is to help you keep it looking its best. Finding the right doctor for anything cosmetic is always a difficult and important decision. When it comes to removing a tattoo, you should not take the decision lightly either. We want to help you make a well-informed decision and give you all the tools you need to get the best results.
When it comes to tattoo removal, the first important factor to consider is the quality of the actual laser technology out there. For years, the technology has been lacking as certain colors and characteristics of tattoos have made them nearly impossible to get rid of. The great news is that the newest technology has now made the safe, quick elimination of your tattoo a potential reality.
In our practice we use the World’s greatest Tattoo Removal Laser, the PicoSure® Laser by Cynosure. Only the PicoSure® uses PressureWave™ technology, energy delivered so fast that tattoos literally melt away. No other laser currently available can come close to matching its ability to take out a tattoo. Other lasers take out only certain colors and require up to 15 to 20 treatments. Even after that many treatments, often half the color can remain. PicoSure® takes out the tattoo in 5 to 8 treatments on average and can treat even the most difficult colors such as blue and green.
If you have a previously treated tattoo that would not come out completely with another laser system, you owe it to yourself to try the PicoSure®. On the other hand, if your tattoo has never been treated, the PicoSure® is the right choice from the start.
Your time is important. One has to wait 6 weeks between tattoo removal treatments, so why take up to a year and a half or 2 years to finish removing your tattoo when you can see it disappear in 6 months?
Another critical factor is who is going to remove your tattoo? At SF Bay Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Dermatology, we love to teach. One motivation for this tattoo removal site is that over the years we have seen many patients who have unknowingly gone to have a tattoo removed by other providers, not realizing that there was a significant risk that they could be left scarred or that their skin could be left severely hypo-pigmented. In other cases, patients have gone for 15 to 20, even 30 tattoo removal treatments only to see the tattoo still visible at least 30 percent. Now our purpose here is not to fault the doctors, nurses, or technicians who have done these procedures. Most providers have the patient’s best interests in mind, and truly try to do the best job they possibly can. The fact is, though, that some providers simply are better trained and more experienced in the use of laser technology than others. What many unsuspecting patients don’t realize is that it is not just a matter of turning on a laser and letting it do its work. Physicians and nurses with a long track record of laser work have far greater respect for a laser and the potential damage it can do if not used properly than the novice user has. In most cases, the best laser surgeon is going to be someone with a long-term background and experience with the use of many laser devices. In our practice, we have over 15 laser devices and have performed more than 15,000 laser procedures.
We also understand that many people who have tattoos removed will be getting new tattoos or altering their tattoos, so we can also help you select a safe, reputable, and artistic tattoo artist for future tattoos as this aspect of your tattoo experience is also highly important. Give SF Bay Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Dermatology in San Ramon a call at (925) 275-9333 to schedule an appointment today!
PicoSure represents the cutting edge of a type of laser technology known as short-pulse lasers. These lasers are designed to “flash” incredibly quickly, in PicoSure’s case in trillionths of a second. This rapid flashing minimizes the amount of heat and creates a photomechanical effect that’s highly effective in removing tattoo ink and unwanted pigment.
As the leading picosecond laser, PicoSure is able to treat all colors of tattoo ink on patients of all skin-types, so it’s very likely that PicoSure could work for you! Plus, PicoSure has been shown to remove tattoos in fewer treatments so speak to your local provider to about a treatment plan that’s right for you.
PicoSure’s ultra-fast pulses and specialized wavelengths work together to minimize the amount of heat that is transferred. Less heat means less damage to surrounding skin and less risk of injury.
Most people experience very little discomfort and describe skin revitalization treatments as feeling like the snapping of a rubber band. Because tattoo removal treatments use more energy, patients may experience more discomfort, but your treatment provider should be able to offer numbing cream or other aids to minimize discomfort.
Procedure time depends on the size of the area to be treated, and 10 minutes is common for average sized tattoo and skin revitalization treatments.
The sun exposes the skin to harmful radiation. To protect itself, the body produces extra melanin, causing the skin to tan. Since PicoSure targets melanin to remove excess pigment, a heavy tan may interfere with treatment. After laser treatments for removal of tattoos and unwanted pigment, the skin is more vulnerable to sunlight so minimizing sun exposure and use of sunscreen of SPF30+ is recommended.
Tattoo removal and acne scar results are permanent. Skin revitalization treatment results are long lasting, but some pigment conditions can be recurrent. Some patients find that a PicoSure Focus treatment every six months can help prevent accumulation of pigment and slow the appearance of wrinkles.
PicoSure is designed with safety in mind and incidents of scarring are very rare. Tattoo removal treatments require more energy than skin revitalization and some patients may experience hypopigmentation (a lightening in skin color of the treated area) but this is usually temporary and normal skin is typically restored once healing is complete.
Recovery times are dependent on the condition being treated and each patient’s ability to heal. Typical treatment intervals are 2-6 weeks for pigmented lesions and 6-8 weeks for tattoo removal. Treatments for acne scars and wrinkles using the Focus lens array can be performed every 3-4 weeks. Your treatment provider will create a personalized treatment plan for you.