Laser tattoo removal no longer working. Any suggestions?
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Tattoo Removal -- Pico/Q Switched Laser
Laser Tattoo Removal
Have Patience, Laser Tattoo Removal Takes Time
We utilize a PicoSure laser from CynoSure. Even using the latest technology and techniques, we tell our patients to expect a minimum of 6 treatments and don't be surprised if it takes 10 to 12. We generally see patients every 6-8 weeks. We advise our patients if they have more money than time that it's ok to wait 6 months in between treatments. We see ink clearing for many months after each treatment.
It is not unusual for the ink to look unchanged or even darker between treatments. This is usually caused by the ink moving closer to the surface. It is important that you find a provider that has the best technology available and has experience using it. An experienced laser technician will know how to adjust settings to keep the tattoo moving.
Best of luck and have patience.
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Thank you for your questions. My recommendation would be to look for a picosecond laser, such as the Enlighten laser. Picosecond lasers are the latest lasers for tattoo removal and are far superior to the older Q-switched laser. The Enlighten laser specifically is best for black tattoos due to its 1064 wavelength.
Part of what determines effectiveness of tattoo removal is the power of the laser being used, and there is a lot of variety there. You may also have a type of ink that is resistant. I suggest you visit the Astanza Laser website and ask their assistance (you can send them an email) in finding someone near you with the Astanza Trinity (Duality laser + Eternity Laser= the Trinity because it offers three wavelengths)- this system has the highest peak power available (more than picosecond lasers) and the Ruby laser (the Eternity) is effective on resistant black ink.Best,Lisa Vuich, MD
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