PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal | Women's Laser Center of St. Louis

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

PICOSURE® LASER FOR FAST TATTOO REMOVAL

Did you get a tattoo that you loved and end up regretting it in the years to follow? Do you have a tattoo you would like to lighten in order to have a new one in it’s place? Now your unwanted ink doesn’t have to be permanent with PicoSure® laser tattoo removal. The PicoSure® is the only advanced tattoo removal laser which uses PressureWave™ technology to remove unwanted ink and is now available at Women’s Laser Center of St. Louis!

  • Fewer Treatments
  • Fast Tattoo Removal
  • In-office Procedure
  • Minimal Downtime Restrictions
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HOW DOES LASER TATTOO REMOVAL WORK?

The PicoSure® laser delivers energy directly targeted to the tattoo ink to remove it faster and in fewer treatments. The PressureWave™ technology unique to this laser works to shatter tattoo ink without causing harm to the surrounding tissue. The ink particles are then naturally expelled from the body through natural processes. This technology is designed to remove all colors of ink on all skin types. The number of treatments needed for complete tattoo removal will vary depending on how heavy handed the artist applied the ink, the color of ink used, the size of the treatment area, and where it’s located on the body. For faster clearance of a tattoo, we recommend a minimum of 8 weeks, preferably 12 weeks between treatments.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TATTOO REMOVAL

Each laser tattoo removal treatment can take as little as 5 minutes to perform. Time varies with size of area being treated. Most patients describe the the discomfort as a rubber band snapping. We are the only PicoSure® treatment provider in St. Louis to offer both topical anesthesia as well as injectable anesthesia resulting in minimal pain and discomfort.

* This is a non-invasive procedure, you may return to most your normal activities following treatment without downtime.

Schedule a consultation at Women’s Laser Center of St. Louis today and learn more about removing your unwanted tattoo with the PicoSure laser!

THE PICOSURE DIFFERENCE

The PicoSure® laser is a new generation laser, the first picosecond FDA-cleared medical laser that can treat all tattoo colors and skin types (Fitzpatrick I-VI).

PicoSure is the world’s first picosecond laser which operates with very fast, actually one trillionth of a second. This speed creates pure energy generation in the form of pressure or pulsed shock wave effect on the tattoo pigments, and results is very little or no heat generation. PicoSure groundbreaking technology is extremely efficient and has become the “Gold Standard” in laser tattoo removal. With this unique technology, an average size tattoo may be 90% cleared in as little as 4 treatments, while the rest of the old technology lasers will result in about 50% clearance and will take as many as 20 treatments and a few years. The near absence of heat injury and damage to healthy skin, means little risk of hypopigmentation seen with the more common lasers such as Q-switched or Nd-YAG.

It is the most advanced laser treatment available for safe and effective tattoo removal, targeting unwanted ink more effectively than ever before by successfully removing difficult ink colors – such as reds, blues and greens with a reduced risk of hypopigmentation (loss of pigment) of the surrounding skin. It’s Boost feature is the perfect solution for removing traces of stubborn previously treated tattoos.

WHY MULTIPLE WAVELENGTHS MATTER FOR TATTOO REMOVAL

Like every patient, every tattoo is different. Various wavelengths of energy are needed to remove different colors of ink, as each pigment in the tattoo absorbs a different wavelength. The PicoSure® laser has three different wavelengths, a 755nm, a 532nm and a 1064nm, which allows Women’s Laser Center of St. Louis to treat ALL ink colors and skin types. For example, all colors of ink can be treated by the 755nm wavelength, difficult reds, oranges, and yellows are best treated with a 532nm wavelength in lighter skin types, and the 1064nm wavelength is most ideal for removing black ink from darker skin types.

TATTOO REMOVAL WITH ANESTHESIA

Pain is usually one of the most common pre-treatment concerns among tattoo removal patients, but laser tattoo removal does not have to involve significant pain.

Typically, PicoSure® tattoo removal treatments are the least painful available. To ease any discomfort during your tattoo removal treatments, we offer two types of anesthesia at Women’s Laser Center.

  • Topical anesthesia is the standard used for tattoo removal- this numbing cream is applied to the surface of the tattoo 25 minutes prior to treatment and helps to desensitize the discomfort of the laser.
  • Local anesthesia is available for an additional charge and an option only found at Women’s Laser Center of St. Louis for PicoSure tattoo removal. Lidocaine is injected under the tattoo into the dermis layer of skin 5-10 minutes prior to treatment and significantly minimizes the discomfort of the laser.
  • Both types of anesthesia can be used in combination prior to treatment.