PicoSure Overview

By RealSelf
Cynosure’s PicoSure differs from traditional laser tattoo removal because it delivers energy to the problem area in ultra-short bursts. In addition to removing tattoos, the aesthetic laser treats brown spots and acne scarring. (In July 2014, the aesthetic laser was approved by the FDA to treat acne scars, making it the first and only picosecond laser cleared by the FDA to do this.) These bursts are measured in picoseconds (trillionths of a second) which cause the tattoo ink to break apart into tiny particles which are then easily eliminated by the body. Based on clinical studies, other laser typically require more treatments over a longer recovery period. In addition to tattoo removal, PicoSure received clearance from the FDA for treatment of benign pigmented lesions such as moles, freckles, and age spots.

Additional information from the manufacturer

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Getting a tattoo removed with a laser isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. It stings (much like getting the tattoo did), however PicoSure claims to clear tattoos faster, and with fewer treatments than traditional lasers.

Compared to existing nanosecond laser treatments, PicoSure’s tattoo removal technology promises:
  • Fewer treatments. With PicoSure, tattoos can be removed faster, and with fewer treatments than ever before. The number of laser treatments needed for tattoo removal is dependent on a number of variables such as ink type, size of the tattoo, type of laser used, lifestyle habits, etc.
  • Better precision. The PicoSure is precise enough so that a small amount of a tattoo can be removed without affecting the surrounding tattoo. Tattoos can also be lightened in preparation for a cover-up tattoo. It is usually recommended that you wait six weeks between your last treatment and when you have the new tattoo completed.
  • Greater effectiveness. PicoSure has produced positive results with stubborn colors and previously treated tattoos. The disrupted ink particles are typically absorbed within 4-6 weeks after each treatment, but individual results will vary.
  • Competitive pricing. The cost of laser tattoo removal depends on several factors, including the size of tattoo. Although PicoSure treatments may cost more per visit, you will likely need fewer treatments than with older technologies.
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Expect blisters and scabs — they are a normal response to tattoo removal. Some clinicians recommend covering the skin with a healing ointment and gauze to promote healing and prevent scarring.

For more information from the Cynosure, visit the official website at www.picosure.com.

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