PicoSure Tattoo Removal Treatment: A Real Story

Nicole Fukuoka on 15 Jan 2014 at 9:00am

What to expect during your first PicoSure treatment: watch a real patient as he starts his tattoo removal journey.

Nine years ago, love and a little bit of beer inspired "Austin" to get his girlfriend's name tattooed on his chest. Now they are no longer together, but he's still stuck with the permanent reminder of his past. Austin and his new girlfriend are more than ready to see the tattoo disappear for good, so they visited Dr. Edward Rohaly at ER Derm in Newport Beach, Calif. to start removal treatments using the PicoSure laser.

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The PicoSure laser is a new tattoo removal device that uses PicoSecond technology to get rid of unwanted tattoos in half the number of treatments as traditional Q-Switched lasers. It's also had great success at getting rid of blue and green inks, which used to be the hardest colors to remove. 

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"With traditional nano technology we depended on the wave length to be the proper color to hit each particular pigment, but what's different now with the PicoSure technology is rather than selectively hitting each color, it's a power wave of energy that pulverizes the pigments into tiny particles that are easy for our body to take away which causes the color to dissipate," explained Dr. Rohaly about why the PicoSure laser is less color sensitive than other devices on the market.

Click here for more personal stories of tattoo removal journeys with the PicoSure laser.

While Austin may make the procedure look like a cake walk, other RealSelf community members have claimed it might be a little more painful than his face lets on. Watch the video above to see what you can expect to experience with a PicoSure treatment, and how the results look after one treatment.

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*Patient's name changed to protect his privacy

Comments (7)

In view of the scepticism of some of the above comments I feel compelled to contribute. Skinpossible Laser & Light in Alberta, Canada acquired this technology in August. We were the first clinic in Canada to purchase this new picosecond laser for tattoo removal and the results have been nothing but remarkable. Immediately after a tattoo removal treatment the tattoo is frosted so it would be misleading to represent it as the one-treatment result. Of all the tattoos we have treated to date (at 6 week intervals) I have seen three instances where the tattoo was completely gone after one treatment after the ink cleared which takes up to 12 weeks. In each case these were old faded tattoos. We have seen significan of fading after only one treatment in many other cases, however, especially with black, blue or green ink. Reds are stubborn with the Picosure. In any case what the consumer needs to know is that picosure can indeed remove all the ink in one-third the treatments of conventional nanosecond Q-switch lasers. Usually one to five treatments will result in complete clearance of the ink (with the exception of reds). This is good news for people who want to remove tattoos or even just have them faded to redo their art. Please do not judge the technology based on the lack of professionalism you see in the video. I hope this comment was helpful.
No single laser can remove all tattoo colors. Different dyes respond to different light wavelengths. Black and dark green are the easiest colors to remove; yellow, purple, turquoise and fluorescent dyes are hardest to fade.
I just had the Picosure done on a half sleeve as well as a forearm piece. I can honestly say that it does hurt LESS than the Q-switched! It is much more expensive and I am only 3 days removed from having it done so it's still red and slightly bruised from the procedure but hands down the Pico hurts much less than the Q-switched. I had the Q-switched done about 3 times with minimal results and extreme pain during the procedure, I would compare it to hot grease hitting your skin constantly. The Pico is more comparable to a snapping rubber band.
The after picture of the laser treatment was taken immediately afterwards and is a very dishonest representation of what this laser can do and in my opinion a method to try and get people to go to the clinic for treatment with a false hope of fast and effective tattoo removal. I think if the Picosure laser is really that much better than the nanosecond q-switches then they would have done a proper before and after with a 2 month wait in between. I think something should be done about this video as those who know about laser tattoo removal are aware that this is very misleading, and those that don't will gain nothing but false hope.
Also, they're not even wearing gloves to apply the antiseptic ointment afterwards. Very unprofessional and a huge stain on what is otherwise promising technology.
I appreciate this a lot, but the after pic in the video is useless. It's taken minutes after treatment. The amount of clearance can't be seen until weeks later. The whitening seen here is just dead skin on top of the tattoo with it's ink yet to even start being rejected.
*its. But seriously, to present that as the permanent result of the first treatment is dishonest.