Treatments

Picosecond Laser Tattoo Removal Treatment


We all have past experiences we’d like to erase, and for millions of us, this can include unwanted tattoos. Tattoo regret is experienced by many people, due to employment concerns, relationship status, and overall personal growth and life changes.

Cynosure’s picosecond technology is the first and only 755nm and 532nm picosecond laser that clears tattoos faster than ever before. The technology consists of the industry gold standard and is the most advanced laser treatment for the removal of tattoos, targeting unwanted ink more effectively than any other laser treatments available. Treatment with picosecond laser causes the ink to break down into tiny dust-like particles which are then absorbed by the body.

Here’s what to expect during a tattoo removal procedure:

  • Treatments are typically every 4–8 weeks. Your practitioner will advise you on how long to wait between appointments based on progress made and your skin type
  • Cooling, local anaesthesia, or a numbing solution may be used to minimise discomfort

So when you’re considering picosecond laser treatment for tattoo removal… Be Sure it’s Cynosure!

How does picosecond laser tattoo removal work?

Laser energy is delivered to the tattoo, targeting the ink and breaking it down intodust-like particles. The particles are eliminated by the body’s natural processes resulting in a lightening of the tattoo ink.

How many treatments will picosecond laser tattoo removal require?

The number of picosecond laser treatments needed for tattoo removal is dependent on a number of variables such as ink type, size of the tattoo, lifestyle habits, etc. Typically, picosecond laser tattoo removal treatments will take half the number of treatments than traditional tattoo removal treatments with Q-switched laser technology. During your consultation, your practitioner will evaluate your tattoo and recommend a treatment regime to achieve the best results.

How often will I need treatments?

Whilst it typically takes half the number of treatments when compared to the traditional Q-switched laser technology, every patient and tattoo responds differently. Following the recommended post treatment protocol will likely improve the results and reduce the chance of adverse effects.

Can I have only a portion of my tattoo removed?

Yes, the picosecond laser provides energy precisely enough so that a small amount of the tattoo can be removed without affecting the surrounding tattoo.

How much does picosecond tattoo removal cost?

The cost of picosecond laser tattoo removal depends on several factors, including the size of tattoo and the number of treatments it will require. After your consultation, your practitioner will provide you with a price estimate for the treatment series.

Can I lighten the tattoo to have another one put on top?

Tattoos can be lightened in preparation for a cover-up tattoo. We recommend that you wait six weeks after your last treatment before you have the new tattoo.

Does tattoo removal hurt?

This procedure is slightly more uncomfortable than getting a tattoo, however it is very fast. Many treatments may take less than a minute. Your practitioner will work with you on the best pain management option for you based on your individual situation.

Will I blister and scab afterwards?

Blisters and scabs can be a normal response to tattoo removal.  Keep the skin over it covered with a healing ointment and gauze to promote healing and prevent scarring.