Know the Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Tattoo Removal
Tattoos are a trendy, unique, and creative way to express yourself. Until you wake up one day and realize there’s no way you’re going to living with your ex-boyfriend’s name on your chest for the rest of your life.
That’s where the doctors and expert laser technicians at Fox Vein & Laser Experts come in. Offering the very best laser tattoo removal in Miami, our state-of-art lasers help you say goodbye to your tattoos – for good. With offices in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, Fox Vein & Laser Experts are the Miami area’s premier location for all of your skincare needs – as we are the experts in vein removal, too!
Just a few years back, the thought of laser tattoo removal might have instantly made you squirm, because way back when, this type of tattoo removal procedure was painful! Not to dwell in the past, but at one time, tattoo removal was even difficult for people with darker skin tones, or more colorful tattoos. But just like anything else, time changes things – and it also helps to have one of the best lasers on the skincare market available to you in our offices. With the PicoWay laser treatment, the gold-standard in tattoo-removal, you’ll be able to kiss those tattooed mistakes buh-bye in no time.
So, how does it work?
Well, first it’s important to understand what a tattoo really is and how it’s made permanent on your skin. Tattoo style are essentially just several different pigments of color injected deep enough into the skin so that they can’t wash off or disappear over time. Tattoos used to be done manually — that is, the tattoo artist would puncture the skin with a needle and inject the ink by hand. Though this process is still used in some parts of the world, professional tattoo artists use tattoo machines. A tattoo machine powers the needles up and down as ink is deposited in the skin.
What exactly is the PicoWay Laser?
According to its manufacturer, “PicoWay is a remarkably innovative triple-wavelength (532nm, 1064nm and 785nm ) picosecond laser (1 trillionth of a second) from Syneron Candela. PicoWay enables removal of multi-colored tattoos, recalcitrant tattoos and benign pigmented lesions on any skin type. PicoWay’s unique mode of action is based on delivering ultra-short picosecond pulses of energy to the tissue. These bursts of energy create a photo-mechanical impact which breaks up the tattoo ink or pigmentation into smaller, more easily eliminated particles.”
Why is the PicoWay laser touted as the best in tattoo removal?
Because of the three wavelengths, it’s like getting thrice the tattoo-removal action at once. With three wavelengths in one system, the laser technicians at Fox Vein & Laser Experts are able to treat the widest range of tattoos –most tattoo colors & types, including recalcitrant tattoos and blue-green pigments.
According to THIS New York Times article, the PicoWay “has been widely hailed as the first major advancement in tattoo removal in 20 years. That’s because, compared to the old lasers, which worked merely in billionths of seconds, doctors say the picosecond both cuts treatment time in half and can remove colors of ink (including reds, blues and greens) that previously barely budged. A small study published in the journal Dermatology showed that two-thirds of tattoos with blue and green pigments nearly disappeared after one or two treatments with a picosecond laser.”
How many tattoo removal sessions will I need to remove my tattoo?
The number of sessions you’ll need to remove your tattoo at Fox Vein & Laser Experts depends on several things: your skin type, the age, the size and the color of your tattoo. Newer and larger tattoos with more color will obviously take longer to remove, as will tattoos on darker skin tones. The average can range from 2-3 sessions to 4-6 sessions for larger tattoos, but often not more than that.
Is the treatment safe for all skin types?
The PicoWay laser tattoo removal treatment is safe for all skin types. The 1064 nm wavelength produced by the PicoWay laser has been carefully selected to utilize the difference in absorption for the treatment of tattoo pigments no matter your skin tone of type. Treatment of tattoos can therefore be performed with minimal adverse effects on normal skin structures.
Will tattoo removal with the PicoWay laser hurt?
If you’ve ever had laser hair removal Miami, you can expect laser tattoo removal to feel similar. With a little bit of numbing cream, the laser tattoo removal process at Fox Vein & Laser Experts shouldn’t hurt one bit. Laser skincare typically has the feeling of tiny rubber bands flicking your skin at once. Some may consider this uncomfortable or a bit ticklish, more than they do painful. Because the patient is in a medical office having the tattoo removal, if they experience pain, the nurse or physician can use numbing cream or injections to remove any discomfort.
Will tattoo removal with the PicoWay laser leave marks on my skin once the tattoo is removed?
Thankfully, just as soon as your tattoo is removed, there will be no long-term effects on your skin. While you may experience a little redness in the days following your laser tattoo removal procedure, you won’t see anything else after that. The point of the PicoWay laser is to remove your tattoo and leave your skin looking just as smooth and clear as it did before you treated it to some ink. Picoway has minimal risk of hypo- or hyper-pigmentation with tattoo removal.
How should I care for my skin after the tattoo removal process?
Since your skin will naturally be more sensitive after a laser skincare procedure, YOU MUST AVOID the sun. Sun exposure will be especially harmful to a tattoo that is in the process of being removed and sunscreen will be an essential part to the healing process. Also, try your best to keep the part of your body that has been treated out of the water as much as you can, splashing it instead to clean it with your hand. We recommend keeping the area moist with Vaseline, Aquaphor or triple antibiotic immediately after removal and keeping the area covered with gauze or a bandage. Avoid scrubbing the area to decrease your chances of irritation. Make sure to also refrain from:
– Applying makeup, creams or perfumes
– Swimming in chlorine and salt water
Once considered an extremely painful and time-consuming process, laser tattoo removal has come a long way in a short time. Not that we’re trying to convince you to lose the tribal arm band that you were inspired to ink onto your body in the mid-90’s, but we’re just saying – at least you have the option.