Tattoo Removal: What is the Plexr Machine?

Please provide an explanation as to what the Plexr machine is and if it's effective for removing tattoos.

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Plexr tattoo removal

I have found that Plexr is a plasma device. This basically causes a controlled burn of the skin just as a fully ablative laser would. This is going to have more downtime, more risk, and be less effective than either a QS laser or Pico laser. Stick with either of these 2 lasers for tattoo removal. Sometimes, a fractional laser is helpful in conjunction with these lasers for expediting the removal process.

Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Tattoo Removal/Plexr Machine?--Laser Tattoo Removal --Takes a series of treatments--PicoWay

I'm not familiar with Plexr for tattoo removal, but the PicoWay laser is a good treatment for tattoo removal. Tattoo removal takes a series of treatments, so see an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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​Use the Best Technology Available

After a brief Google search, we have no idea what a Plexr machine is or if it is approved for tattoo removal.  We recommend using the best laser technology available.

Q-Switch or nanosecond lasers came out about 20 years ago.  Picosecond laser came out about 3 years ago.  The majority of former Q-Switch patients we see have significant hypopigmentation (ghosting) around and under their tattoo.  The Q-Switch lasers have trouble differentiating between the melanin in your skin and ink.  The technology uses heat to burn the pigment out of your skin.  In addition, we have seen patients with raised scars as if they have been branded.  Both of these condition are irreversible. 

Picosecond lasers (like the PicoWay & PicoSure) 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.

Laura Riehm, MD
Fort Worth Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

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