PicoSure Overview

Cynosure’s PicoSure is one of the most advanced laser technologies for the removal of tattoos and benign pigmented lesions. It differs from traditional
laser removal because it delivers energy to the problem area in ultra-short bursts. In addition to removing tattoos, moles, and age spots, the aesthetic laser can also be used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring (making it the first and only picosecond laser cleared by the FDA for scarring.) PicoSure's short bursts are measured in picoseconds (trillionths of a second) which cause the tattoo ink or other damage to break
apart into tiny particles which are then easily eliminated by the body. Based on clinical studies, other lasers typically require more treatments over a longer recovery period.


How Much Does PicoSure Cost?

The cost of PicoSure laser treatments will vary based on the complexity and size of the tattoo, the colors featured, and the geographical location of the center. You should schedule a consultation for accurate pricing, however you can likely expect to pay somewhere between $250 to $550 per treatment. PicoSure pricing is running approximately 25% higher than previous tattoo removal technologies, but offering greater results in half the time.

What Colors of Ink Can PicoSure Remove?

PicoSure works best on black, green, blue, and purple inks which were previously difficult to remove. PicoSure is not reliable for red or yellow inks, which respond best to the 532nm wavelength used in older technologies.

Can PicoSure Be Used on Darker Skin?

PicoSure has not been extensively tested on darker skin types, however some doctors have started using it on smaller tattoos to see if it harms the natural pigment. While there have been some cases of loss of pigment in the treated areas, this outcome appears to be temporary. If you have a darker skin tone and are considering treatment, a small test spot can be done in an inconspicuous area first.

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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. It can also be used to remove benign pigmented lesions such as age spots, freckles, and moles, and has recently been given FDA clearance to treat acne scars.

to existing nanosecond treatments, PicoSure’s laser removal technology

  • 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, and lifestyle habits. Clinical studies for the use of PicoSure to treat scars have seen shown a dramatic improvement in appearance in as little as three treatments.
  • Better precision. The PicoSure laser is precise enough 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 four to six weeks after each treatment, but individual results will vary.
  • Competitive pricing. The cost of laser tattoo removal depends on several factors, but particularly 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.

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