What Is PicoSure Tattoo Removal?

Remove amateur and professional tattoos completely.

Whether you’re changing jobs, entering the military, having tattoo regret, or wanting to create a clean canvas for a new tattoo, it is possible to get the ink-free skin you want. PicoSure is the first and most effective picosecond laser tattoo removal treatment that completely erases tattoos of all ink colors for most patients.

The treatment, unique among lasers and other methods for its ability to clear tattoos, uses ultra-short, fast pulses of energy to immediately burst ink deposits that are then metabolized by your body. Each concentrated blast of energy takes one trillionth of a second, making it less painful and more effective than other treatments.

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Is PicoSure Tattoo Removal Right for Me?

PicoSure removes all types of tattoos and ink colors.

Because PicoSure is effective for any pigmentation, it’s a great option for any tattoo removal candidate looking to restore their natural skin. However, you should have reasonable expectations about your final results. If you currently have a skin infection, we recommend delaying treatment until it is healed.

At Clevens Face and Body Specialists, only physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants perform the procedure. The best way to determine if PicoSure tattoo removal is the best approach for restoring your skin is to meet with our team.

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PicoSure Tattoo Removal Benefits

Bring your natural skin back with an easy, safe, effective treatment.

PicoSure tattoo removal is popular because it offers benefits other tattoo-removal laser treatments do not. Treatments are:

  • Effective: Treatment works on amateur, professional, and previously treated tattoos, as well as all colors of ink.
  • Fast: Sessions only last a few minutes.
  • Safe: There’s little chance for serious complications, such as scarring or hyperpigmentation, plus treatments are safe for surrounding skin.

With three to six PicoSure treatments, most patients see their tattoos disappear. Side effects are mild.

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PicoSure Tattoo Removal Procedure

Three to six treatments, minimal discomfort.

At Clevens Face and Body Specialists, PicoSure treatments are performed by experienced doctors (MD), board-certified nurse practitioners (ARNP-BC), or physician assistants (PA). Treatments are performed in a comfortable, private treatment room and last 15 to 20 minutes.

Our team uses the DESCRIBE PFD Patch in conjunction with the PicoSure laser. The small patch protects your skin, allows for more laser passes per treatment, and helps reduce any discomfort. The result is faster, safer, and more effective tattoo removal. Clevens Face and Body Specialists also offers Clevens Comfort+, an inhaled analgesic that almost immediately relieves any discomfort. If you’re feeling nervous about the procedure, Clevens Comfort+ reduces any anxiety.

During your treatment, your trained provider glides the PicoSure handpiece over the tattoo area as it emits fast pulses of concentrated light energy. Depending on the size and shape of your tattoo, ink color, and depth, your treatments may take more or less time and may require additional sessions to completely erase your tattoo. Sessions are spaced six weeks apart to give your body time to metabolize the ink particles.

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PicoSure Tattoo Removal Recovery

Restore skin with no downtime.

Despite having no downtime, PicoSure requires you to take extra care of your skin following treatments in order to maximize effectiveness. You may notice the treated area turn white and become slightly red, swollen, and tender immediately after a treatment, but these effects will fade after a day or two. It’s critical that you wear sunscreen for the first week following each treatment and avoid prolonged sun exposure.

Mild reactions to treatments can include blisters, scabbing, and itching, with the rare possibility of a loss of skin pigment.

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What Our Patients Say

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"You and your staff are so compassionate and reassuring. Thank you so much. How fortunate I have been to see you!" –J.M. B., Burbank, CA

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PicoSure Tattoo Removal FAQ

What is the PicoSure?

PicoSure is a unique laser tattoo removal system, utilizing quick, concentrated pulses of light energy to target ink deep within the skin. As the particles of tattoo ink break down, they are safely reduced through the body’s lymphatic system.

Am I a good candidate for PicoSure tattoo removal at Clevens Face and Body Specialists?

The ideal candidate for PicoSure will be in good health, understand the laser tattoo removal process, and hold reasonable expectations for their final results. As PicoSure is designed to treat all colors of tattoo ink, almost anyone can be a prospective patient. PicoSure treatment is safe for all skin types, including darker skin tones. However, anyone with an active skin infection may need to postpone their tattoo removal treatment.

Is tattoo removal painful?

While tattoo removal with PicoSure is not necessarily painful, there is some discomfort during treatment. The provider at Clevens Face and Body Specialists will apply a topical anesthetic prior to treatment with the PicoSure, to ensure comfort during the tattoo removal session.

How many PicoSure treatments are needed?

The number of PicoSure tattoo removal sessions will vary, depending on the individual patient, as well as the color and depth of the ink. Most people will see their tattoo successfully fade after three to six treatments, possibly sooner. Each treatment needs to be spaced about six weeks apart.

Is the PicoSure laser a safe option for tattoo removal?

PicoSure has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a safe and effective option for tattoo removal. Normal side-effects are minimal, but may include blisters, scabs, and itching. More serious complications, such as scarring or pigmentation changes, are less common with PicoSure than traditional laser tattoo removal systems.

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Find out if PicoSure tattoo removal is the best way to restore your ink-free skin.

During your consultation, our MedSpa team will examine your tattoo and skin, explain the PicoSure procedure, and allow you to get answers to all of your questions so you can feel confident in the decision you make.

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