What would be the best treatment to get this removed? (photo)

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Tattoo Removal

Thank you for your question in regards to tattoo removal. Laser tattoo removal would be your best option to remove your tattoos, especially due to its location. It does take several treatments based on many factors. To be sure what is best for you, see two or more board-certified providers in your area for a complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have treatment. I hope this helps.


Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Laser Tattoo Removal

Thank you for your question. Pico lasers are the most advanced technology for laser tattoo removal. I utilize the PiQo4 laser which has 4 Pico wavelengths making it possible to remove 96% of ink in as little as 4-6 treatments on average.Tattoos are removed faster and safer with Pico lasers and there is less risk of scarring then with older laser systems. It is important not only to seek advanced technology but an experienced laser tattoo removal provider. Best wishes. 

Daniel J. Ritacca, MD
Chicago Oculoplastic Surgeon
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PicoSure for tattoo removal

Thanks for your question and photo. PicoSure is the latest technology that has shown the best results for tattoo removal. The number of treatments to fully remove your tattoo will depend on a number of factors such as the size of the tattoo, ink color and depth of the tattoo. Since PicoSure™ is one hundred times faster than any other laser on the market, you will require fewer sessions overall in order to achieve your desired results. Even dark blue and green inks – which are usually the most difficult to remove – can be effectively cleared with less treatment. It’s always best to consult with a board certified dermatologist. Best, Dr. Katz

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Tattoo Removal With Lasers

Laser treatments are best to remove tattoos.  I suggest seeing an expert.  It is going to cost more money and take way more time than placement.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Best treatment for tattoo removal

Using a laser is the best treatment for the tattoo removal. A 1064 laser is best for this color. Starting out with a QS laser is best. For stubborn pigment, a Pico laser might be needed.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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​Use the Best 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 Enlighten, 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
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