HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?
Tattoo removal is a gradual process. The laser breaks up ink that is suspended in the skin into small particles; the body’s natural healing process then removes those particles.
Depending on the individual patient’s personal threshold for pain, the procedure can result in little to mild pain and can be addressed post-sessions with Tylenol or topical treatments. There may be a small post-procedural burning sensation, but again that can be treated with cortisone creams to reduce any swelling or discomfort.
It is recommended that patients limit physical activity for 24 to 48 hours after the treatment to avoid irritation of the skin. Patients must also wait six weeks between treatments to allow the body to break down the ink, for the skin to heal and to prevent scarring. While the process may seem lengthy, the high-quality results are worth the wait.
Are there any side effects or complications from this procedure? As with any procedure, there may be complications. While risk is relatively low with the Pico Sure, any laser can have complications, including hyper/hypo pigmentation, blistering or scarring.
Nonetheless, it is imperative that patients follow prescribed aftercare instructions to ensure optimum results. While there is limited risk of infection, if the area scabs, patients are advised to keep skin clean and protected.
Individuals considering laser tattoo removal should avoid sun exposure in the affected area. If out in the sunshine, cover the area or wear sunscreen with a high SPF to provide maximum protection.
In addition to general tattoo removal, some patients may wish to have a portion of a tattoo removed or lightened to make room for a new one. “Pico Sure is great for revision or cover-up for tattoos,” Bastidas says. “It is recommended that patients wait six to eight weeks after final treat- ment before a new tattoo is applied to allow for sufficient healing of the skin.”