When you decide it’s time to get rid of a tattoo, you can get exceptional results at Lonestar ENT, Allergy and Aesthetics in Palestine, Texas. Eric Hensen, DO, performs tattoo removal using the revolutionary PicoSure® laser. PicoSure has been proven successful in treating colors like blue, green, and black that are hard to remove with other lasers. This laser also does a great job of eliminating previously-treated tattoos that weren’t fully cleared the first time around. To learn more about tattoo removal with PicoSure, call the office or book an appointment online.
Before Cynosure developed PicoSure, lasers could only remove tattoos using heat to break apart the ink particles. The revolutionary PicoSure does a better job without relying on heat.
PicoSure uses ultra-fast energy pulses and innovative PressureWave™ technology to turn the laser energy into pressure.
The pressure safely passes through your skin, yet it’s strong enough to shatter the ink into tiny dust-like particles. Then your body naturally absorbs the waste, gradually eliminating your tattoo.
Tattoos consist of multiple layers of ink that are absorbed into your skin. The ink is removed one layer at a time, which takes several treatments.
While the PicoSure aesthetic laser eliminates tattoos in fewer treatments than other lasers, the number of sessions you may need depends on factors such as the:
Older tattoos have more time to absorb deep into your skin, which means they need more treatments. Multiple colors also typically require more sessions. Dr. Hensen lets you know the number of treatments you may need after he examines your tattoo.
After your initial consultation, Dr. Hensen also gives you a price estimate for your treatment series. Most insurance companies don’t pay for tattoo removal because it’s an elective cosmetic procedure, but check with your provider to see what they cover.
Tattoo removal with PicoSure is safe for most skin types and is well-tolerated by most patients. However, Dr. Hensen can provide a topical numbing cream to ensure your comfort.
For an average-sized tattoo, one session takes about 10 minutes, and then you can get back to your normal routine. After your treatment, your skin is more vulnerable to sunlight, so it’s essential to use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.
Your body needs enough time to absorb all the pigment before your next treatment, so you need to wait about 6-8 weeks.
If you’re ready to remove a tattoo, call Lonestar ENT, Allergy and Aesthetics or schedule an appointment online.