Black Tattoo Removal - Picoway
Hi,With the Picosecond Laser, you should be looking at 4-6 sessions, or so - as you mentioned the possibility of a session more, or a session less, is definitely there. The Kirby Desai Scale is a good tool to assess clearance if your doctor uses a Q switched Nd YAG or an Alexandrite laser. The picosecond lasers are generally understood to give faster and better clearance. Based on personal experience, I would like to add that scarring/ residual dyspigmentation is much lesser with the picosecond laser, as compared to the nanosecond Q switched devices.Good luck!
Risks of scarring is low
Your tattoo is very ideal for tattoo removal as it is one colour and the ink is not dense. Although there is a small chance of scarring, you can reduce this risk by proper aftercare, choosing the right techican, going slow in the settings which will reduce the chance of blistering and therefore the chance of scarring,
All the best
Dr Davin Lim
Scarring with tattoo removal
Chances are having scarring are low when going to an experienced laser physician. Because your tattoo is one color and black, these are the easiest to remove so I don't expect there to be problems. Aftercare is important is there are any blisters, but this shouldn't be the case with a skillful laser surgeon.
You should do fine. The chances of scarring are low, but still there. You need to protect yourself from the sun, use sunscreens.
Keep treatment area clean. Usually applying Aquaphor healing ointment is a good choice.
Scarring from tattoo removal?
Great question. When it comes to tattoo removal there is no definite answer to any of those questions. When it comes to scarring, it's all about how the patient takes care of the area post treatment. It is best to keep the area treated, hydrated with either petroleum jelly or aquaphor and covered with a bandage. If it is in an area that your clothes will be rubbing, it's best to keep it covered until it is no longer irritated. Good Luck!