What is the best laser to remove black tattoos? (Photo)
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PICO Laser for Tattoo Removal
Laser for black ink removal
Black ink can be removed with a Yag laser, 1064 wavelength and Alexandrite laser with 755 nm wavelength. The laser light is delivered either in a pico second (pico second lasers) or in a nanosecond. These are the probably the two most commonly used lasers for black ink. All lasers work by delivering light energy to break up the ink molecule. Pico lasers with the above wavelengths work great and are the newer tattoo lasers on the market. They work by delivering heat energy, just like the nanosecond lasers, and a photomechanical effect (think of it as a quick punch) which through vibration breaks up the ink. The pico second is a trillionth of a second delivery of that punch. Nanosecond lasers still work great, they deliver the energy in a billionth of a second, but with more of a heat energy delivery. Our bodies take away the ink molecules treated by the laser and this process takes several weeks. Most recommend retreatment at 6-8 weeks. However, the chances of scarring, and pigmentary (loss in color of your skin) changes is a risk in any laser treatment it is quite low with an experienced doctor performing the treatments. All laser tattoo treatments require multiple sessions with the newer pico lasers resulting in clearing sooner than the nanosecond lasers. Good luck with your treatments.
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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.
Best laser for black tattoos
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