If you’ve decided it’s time to move on from an old tattoo that’s causing more angst than delight these days, new laser technology makes it possible. The clinicians at Grossman Plastic Surgery in West Hills, California — supervised by nationally acclaimed plastic surgeon Dr. Peter H. Grossman — use the revolutionary PicoSure® laser system to completely remove your unwanted tattoos. Call today or contact Grossman Plastic Surgery via their online service to schedule your consultation.
Tattoo Removal Q & A
What is PicoSure?
PicoSure is the only tattoo removal device on the market that uses a picosecond laser and PressureWave technology to remove unwanted tattoos. Developed by engineers who combined physics with medical science, the PicoSure laser shatters the underlying tattoo ink, breaking it up into microscopic particles that your body can easily eliminate through natural methods over four to six weeks.
In contrast, nanosecond lasers used for tattoo removal emit powerful energy that burns the tattoo pigment. This action also damages the surrounding skin. The PicoSure laser method delivers energy so rapidly that the tiny particles making up the pigment in tattoo ink vibrate and break apart without burning or harming your skin.
Does it work on all tattoos?
The picosecond aesthetic laser can remove multicolored tattoos, including very dark lines as well as notoriously stubborn blue and green tattoo inks. PicoSure can also remove tattoos that have previously undergone unsuccessful laser treatments. Some patients experience total clearance after just three PicoSure sessions.
Is it painful?
There is discomfort with even PicoSure’s skin-sparing system, but some PicoSure tattoo removal patients say the treatments are much less painful than getting a tattoo. Compared to other procedures, recovery time is very short with PicoSure. Patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately after a treatment and side effects are minimal to rare. Most patients experience only minimal redness that fades after a few hours.
How long do the treatments take?
The length of each session and the number of sessions required depends on the size and color of your tattoo. An average-size tattoo may require just 10 minutes per session. It is recommended that you wait four to six weeks between each session because this gives the tattoo time to fade and your body enough time to eliminate the particles created through the PicoSure method.
Will it help with other skin issues?
PicoSure’s unique energy delivery system disrupts particles responsible for a range of skin issues, including freckles, sunspots, and other discoloration. PicoSure also reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and scarring by stimulating the body’s immunologic system, which promotes increased collagen and elastin production. These naturally occurring substances restore a more youthful appearance to your skin.