Unfortunately, tattoo regret is a frequent experience for many adults today. A tattoo that once felt like the right choice may no longer fit into your lifestyle or reflect who you are. Covering up the ink with makeup or clothing is frustrating, and most often, unsuccessful. Over recent years, tattoo removal methods have come onto the aesthetic market, although they often prove to be painful, costly, and offer inconsistent results. Luckily, Clevens Face and Body Specialists now offers their patients a cutting-edge tool for safe and effective PicoSure Tattoo Removal.
Traditional tattoo removal systems, such as the Q-Switch laser, utilize thermal energy to warm the ink deep inside tissues. PicoSure is the first and only picosecond laser tattoo removal treatment available, bringing even better results by employing ultra-short, fast pulses of energy, each only one trillionth of a second in length. This quick, concentrated blast of energy will immediately burst the ink deposits into little pieces, allowing it to be easily metabolized by the body. Over four to six weeks, the tattoo will then slowly begin to fade. In three to six PicoSure treatments, most patients will see their tattoo vanquish completely. Best of all, the PicoSure wavelength means all ink colors, including black, blue, green, orange and yellow pigments, can be totally removed.
Benefits of PicoSure:
- Removes both amateur and professional tattoos
- Works on all colors of ink, from blacks to reds/oranges and blues/greens
- Treatment takes only a few minutes
- Can offer dramatic results in three to six treatments
- Side-effects are mild
- Can remove previously treated tattoos
- Has little chance for serious complications, such as scarring or hyperpigmentation
- Safe for surrounding skin
PicoSure Tattoo Removal Consultation
The best way to determine if PicoSure is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Clevens or one of the other laser specialists at Clevens Face and Body Specialists in Melbourne, FL. At this time, the provider will briefly examine the skin and the tattoo area. The PicoSure treatment process will be explained in detail, as well as the recovery and potential for complications. You’ll also have an opportunity to view Before & After photos of actual patients treated with PicoSure tattoo removal. Together, it will be determined if the PicoSure is the best tattoo removal procedure for you, and if so, a unique treatment plan will be created to reach the desired aesthetic results.
Candidates for PicoSure Tattoo Removal
PicoSure has been approved by the FDA as a safe and effective method for tattoo removal. As the procedure does not involve any incisions or sutures, there is little chance for serious complications to occur. All types of tattoos and ink colors can be successfully treated using the innovative laser system. An ideal candidate for PicoSure will be in generally good health and understand the laser tattoo treatment plan. They should also have reasonable expectations for their final tattoo removal results. Anyone with an active skin infection may be advised to delay their PicoSure treatment until healed.
The PicoSure Procedure
PicoSure tattoo removal sessions are performed in a comfortable, private treatment room at Clevens Face and Body Specialists. While the session is not painful, the light energy pulses can be uncomfortable. To ensure a pain-free procedure, a topical anesthetic will first be placed along the treatment area. Next, the provider will smoothly glide the PicoSure handpiece over the targeted area, using a continuous motion. Ultra-fast pulses of concentrated light energy will be emitted from the applicator. Depending on the size and shape of the tattoo, most procedures takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
Recovery and Results from the PicoSure
There is no downtime required following each PicoSure treatment, although patients will be given specific aftercare instructions. Immediately after treatment, the targeted skin may turn a white-ish color, then become slightly red, swollen, and tender. In most cases, these issues only last for a day or two. It is vital that patients wear sunscreen on the affected area for the first week following their PicoSure treatment. Extended exposure to the sun or tanning beds should be avoided, as well, to prevent any long-lasting changes in skin pigmentation.
More than one PicoSure session is needed for full tattoo elimination. Most patients will see the desired results in three to six treatments. Each PicoSure session should be spaced at least six weeks apart, giving the body time to eliminate the ink particles. Depending on the ink color and depth, more sessions may be necessary. During the consultation appointment at Clevens Face and Body Specialists, the exact number of PicoSure treatments will be determined.
Potential Risks and Complications of Laser Tattoo Removal
PicoSure has been approved by the FDA as a dependable method for eliminating tattoo ink and restoring healthy, natural-looking skin. Normal reactions from the laser treatment are generally mild, but can include blisters, crusting, scabbing, and itching. More serious complications are less common, although can occur. Risks from the PicoSure include scarring and permanent loss of skin pigment, or hypopigmentation.
Why Clevens Face and Body Specialists for Tattoo Removal?
While PicoSure is one of the safest systems for tattoo removal available, patients should only use a well-trained provider, such as those at Clevens Face and Body Specialists. Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS is an award-winning, Double Board Certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. The team at Clevens Face and Body Specialists offers the safest and most dependable tattoo removal treatment available today. To find out more about PicoSure tattoo removal, contact Clevens Face and Body Specialists at 321.727.3223. Consultations are available in Melbourne and Merritt Island, as well as online, for those patients coming from outside the area.
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 eliminated 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.