Feeling regretful and scared. What should I know about tattoo removal? (Photo)
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PicoWay Is Best Option for Tattoo Removal
PicoWay is my favorite method for removing tattoos, as it uses photoacoustic waves rather than heat to shatter the pigment into tiny particles that the body then absorbs and eliminates. Therefore, it is more comfortable for the patient and has less risk of scarring or ghosting. Wait at least two weeks and perhaps up to six weeks before getting the tattoo removed, however.
Tattooing is an invasive procedure that wounds the skin. Give yourself time to heal. Patience will also be needed during the removal process, since it will probably take at least 5 to 10 sessions spaced six to eight weeks apart before you are satisfied. Waiting longer between sessions may allow the tattoo to fade on its own, requiring fewer sessions overall. Consult with a board-certified dermatologist so you'll know what your timeline will be.
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Laser Tattoo Removal
What you should know about laser tattoo removal!
Rest assured that this tattoo can be removed. There are several things you need to know about the process however. First, I would wait a couple of weeks more before doing the treatment although some providers are doing the treatment shortly after getting the tattoo. In general, you want to make sure the area is healed without any evidence of inflammation or infection. Second both q switched lasers and picosecond lasers would help remove the tattoo. The advantage of picosecond lasers included possibly faster clearance and fewer visits. Even though the picosecond lasers represent a significant advance in laser tattoo removal technology they are not perfect. It is not possible to guarantee 100% of tattoos. Variables such as location, type of ink and colors used will determine the results you get. Based on the pictures, darker colors are usually better removed with lasers. Finally, there are risks with all laser based procedures includes laser tattoo removal. They include pigment changes, which can lead to darkening or lightening of the skin where the tattoo was and a little of the surrounding areas as well as potential for scarring, which is minimal. Be sure to consult with an experience provider to get the best result possible
What should I know about laser tattoo removal?
Best Technology for Tattoo Regret
Picosecond lasers fire 1000 times faster, using a pressure wave rather than heat to shear the ink molecules apart. After using the PicoSure for almost 2 years, we have only seen pinpoint hypopigmentation in a very small number of patients usually of darker skin tones. We cannot say it is impossible to get burned with a Picosecond laser, but it is highly unlikely. We tell every PicoSure tattoo patient to expect at least 6 treatments, but don’t be surprised if it takes 10 to 12. Patience is the key for our patients. We typically see our tattoo removal patients every 6 to 8 weeks initially. If they have more time than money, we encourage them to come every 6 months as the tattoos seem to continue to fade while they wait.
We recommend waiting 6 weeks until your tattoo is healed and then finding an experienced physician in your area. Treatment prices vary by market. The cost for picosecond treatments will be higher, but you should need less than half the treatments compared to a nanosecond laser.
The good news is that your tattoo would be easy to remove. It looks like it is mostly black, which is the easiest tattoo ink to remove. The newest technology, nano and pico, refer to the timing of the pulse of laser when it is used to treat an area. The technology is better now in that it allows the ink particles to be broken down into smaller particles, therefore allowing better ink removal. You can start treatments as soon as the area is healed.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.