Best Tattoo Removal Laser for Black Ink? (photo)
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Laser Tattoo Removal -- Takes a series of treatmetns
Laser Tattoo removal
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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.
Choice of Laser Tattoo Removal device
Thanks for your question. It can certainly be daunting to understand the differences between the different devices. Your blue/black ink color is a relatively "easy" target for tattoo removal and your skin tone is fair which helps as well. The Picosure is a Q switched Alexandrite and should do well with this. The Astanza Eternity is a Ruby laser, which is used for resistant blue and black ink but is not usually the first go-to with this ink. The Astanza Duality (Q switched NdYag) would be an excellent choice. Someone who has the Astanza Trinity has both the Eternity and the Duality devices on hand (Duality= 2 wavelengths (1064/532) + Eternity 1 wavelength (694)= 3 wavelengths thus the 2 laser combo is called the Trinity). The Astanza device has higher peak power, especially at higher spot sizes, than the picosecond lasers on the market. Being able to effectively use the laser at large spot sizes allows for deeper penetration into the dermis and less scattering of energy within the skin tissue. By focusing the beam deep into the skin, practitioners will acheive a better response with deeper-placed ink particles – yielding faster ink clearance and facing fewer “stubborn” tattoos. But again I would expect that you would do well either way. Just understand that not all Q switch NdYag lasers are equivalent. Some are vastly underpowered compared to others. Best,Lisa Vuich, MD
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