SAFE AND EFFECTIVE
MINIMAL SIDE EFFECTS & LITTLE DISCOMFORT
The PicoWay's innovative dual wavelength offers an unparalleled combination of safety, efficiency and speed of treatment.
How does laser tattoo removal work?
laser delivers very short pulses of high intensity light into the
treated area. The tattoo inks and pigments then selectively absorb the
light without destroying the normal surrounding skin tissue in the
process. The tattoo is dissolved into smaller ink particles that are
harmlessly removed by your body's immune system in the weeks following
How does the body remove the shattered ink?
key processes break up the ink - the pigment in your tattoo will absorb
the energy from the laser and break apart; also, the incredibly fast
pulse (picosecond) and energy of the laser will cause the
ink to shatter like a sugar cube breaking apart. Once the ink is broken
down by the laser, the body will respond by moving fluid to the area to
help flush away the ink. This immune-response will be obvious in the
form of some swelling and redness in the area. Over the next days and
weeks the ink will be flushed away. This doesn't happen overnight.
Removing a tattoo takes a number of sessions.
How long does each treatment take?
Laser treatment usually does not take more than a few minutes, depending on the complexity and color(s) of the tattoo.
What happens after each treatment?
We than apply a
topical ointment and a sterile dressing. The skin site should be left
dry for at least 24 hours and cared for like sunburned skin. It is important to drink extra water to speed the flushing of the ink.
How many treatments the tattoo removal process require?
a tattoo is a fading process that requires a series of treatments
scheduled four to six weeks apart. Black inks usually respond more
quickly than bright colors because they absorb the light better. The
depth, color and amount of ink, as well as the location of the tattoo on
your body are all determining factors in how long and how quickly we
will be able to get your tattoo off. Most tattoos can be removed in six
to twelve treatments.
Will my tattoo be removed completely?
most cases tattoos are completely removed. The depth, density and
colors are the biggest determining factors. After each treatment a
little bit more ink is fragmented a little deeper into your skin.
Is the laser tattoo removal process painful?
patients say that the laser treatment feels like being snapped by a
rubber band and that the discomfort is roughly equivalent to having a
tattoo applied. Here at Meredith Bay Laser we make every effort on
making the procedure as comfortable as possible by offering a topical
anesthetic cream to help lessen the discomfort. In
preparation for a laser procedure doctors recommend that non-aspirin
products be used for minor pain prior to the procedure. Do not use
aspirin or Ibuprofen as this can produce bruising after treatment.
Does the laser tattoo removal process cause scarring?
The PicoWay laser is pulses so quickly
(picoseconds) that it is able to dissolve the ink without
destroying the live tissue in the process. Similar to running your hand
over a candle very quickly, there is not enough time to burn the skin.
Redness, swelling, blistering and scabbing may follow tattoo removal
Can I lighten an existing tattoo?
tattoo artists encourage customers to lighten an existing tattoo before
covering it with a new one. This dramatically reduces any chance of the
old tattoo appearing through the new one. In most cases, a minimum of
three to six treatments is all that's required to lighten an existing
How much does it cost to remove a tattoo?
This depends entirely on the actual size of the tattoo being treated. Business Card Size $300.
Is this treatment safe?
treatment is a safe and effective method of removal of tattoos. It is
performed by a certified technician skilled in the use of lasers.
Does my insurance pay for this?
this procedure is not included as a health insurance benefit. Insurance
companies consider this a cosmetic or aesthetic procedure.