Tattoo Removal: The New Picosecond Era
Laser treatment remains the safest and most effective way to remove unwanted tattoos. This procedure, which causes no bleeding, selectively targets the ink pigments used to colour the tattoo. When the pigments absorb the intense laser light, they fragment into tiny particles that are naturally eliminated by the body within a few weeks. Once treated, the tattooed area forms a crust or scab, which falls off after a few days.
Most patients do not require anesthesia for laser-assisted tattoo removal. They may feel a slight pinch similar to the snap of a rubber band, followed by a local burning sensation. The size, location, depth and colour of the tattoo will determine the number of laser treatments required for its complete removal. Treatments generally last from 10 to 30 minutes. A 4 to 8-week interval between each treatment is needed to allow the body time to eliminate the pigments.
Following the procedure, the treated area will appear whitish, and the surrounding skin will be slightly red and swollen. Optimal results will be visible within about 5 to 6 weeks post-treatment. However, it is important to know that the ink used in some tattoos cannot be entirely erased, even after multiple laser treatments.
The new picosecond laser can reduce the number of treatments needed by up to 40%.
The highly accurate picosecond lasers can now fragment ultra-fine ink particles, thanks to new advanced technology.