I read picosure works great on green and blue tattoos. But what about dense black tattoos (black outlines and shadding)? I allready had two treatments with qs ndyag with poor results... Only faded a little... And No changes in the black outlines...
Picosure for Black Tattoos? (photo)
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Different tattoo colors require different wavelengths of light...
PicoSure for black tattoos
The PicoSure has become our go-to device for the type of tattoo with dense black ink as you have described. We are seeing clearance for these types of tattoos in approximately half the treatment sessions as with previous technologies. This is due to the different way the PicoSure laser works. With PicoSure -- the light gets absorbed, heats the tattoo ink and fractures the ink into little particles.
The difference is, that older laser devices just basically heated the ink. PicoSure both heats and fractures the ink so it works much more efficiently. PicoSure puts a laser pulse into the ink 8-9 times quicker than the older devices did.
If you get something from the freezer and it’s glass and you stick it into a hot oven – it will blow it apart. That’s because you heat it up quickly. And on the other hand, if you put that same frozen glass jar from the freezer and you slowly heat it up – it will dissolve.
So, one device basically heats it up quickly and fractures the ink – and the other device goes more slowly and heats. They both work -- but one works much more effectively because it does both.
PicoSure can help to remove some black tattoos
PicoSure works well to remove blue, green, and some black tattoos. Different colored inks respond better to different lasers, and an in-person consultation is necessary to evaluate your tattoo and make sure your skin color Is right for the picosure or would be better served with the pico way laser. We offer a variety of lasers that can help treat a wide range of tattoos at my practice, and have a high success rate for tattoo removal.
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I have found that black responds extremely well to the PicoSure laser when treating tattoos. Your current laser may work very well in the end with appropriate settings but may take many more treatments to achieve significant fading. On average it took me 8 or more treatments to get significant tattoo reduction with older q-switched ruby, alexandrite or NdYag lasers, whereas many patients have considerable reduction in their black tattoos after 3 or more treatments. More treatments than those can be continued to further reduce the lighter tattoo color even further.
Here at Ethos Spa we use the PicoSure laser. It requires fewer treatments. The PicoSure laser break up the pigmentation of the ink and your immune system will absorb it over time. The laser works best on dark colors as black, blue, purple and green.
Picosure Laser is effective for Black tattoos.
PicoSure and Black Tattoos
Studies show that PicoSure™ Lasers require fewer treatments to clear dense black tattoos more effectively than Q-switched lasers. The technology behind the clinical results is the rapid picosecond pulse which creates a pressure wave to shatter tattoo ink into the smallest of particles. At Hall Plastic Surgery and Rejuvenation Center in Austin, Texas we treat numerous dark black and multicolored tattoos with excellent clinical results.
PicoSure for Black Tattoos
We routinely use the PicoSure for black tattoos as it is the best option available for this color.
The PicoSure works extremely well for all colors except for red although that may change in the future.