Tattoos are meant to be a lasting reminder of something personal or meaningful. While 25% of all Americans choose to get a tattoo at some point in their lives, roughly half of those people will eventually have a change of heart and remove it. At Victoria Biondi, MD in Bristol, Connecticut, Dr. Victoria Biondi and her team of aesthetic medicine experts offer PicoSure® laser tattoo removal for patients in the greater Hartford metropolitan area. To find out more, call or book your appointment online today.
The very thing that makes tattoos permanent also makes them difficult to remove. Because they’re designed to last for life, the ink is set beneath your top layer of skin.
Early removal methods, including surgery and dermabrasion, often caused scarring that was less attractive than the unwanted artwork itself. Fortunately, modern tattoo removal methods are easier, more effective, and more comfortable.
Dr. Biondi and her team use advanced PicoSure laser technology to lighten or remove tattoos with little risk of skin damage. The PicoSure laser uses patented PressureWave™ technology to deliver ultra-short pulses of specialized energy to target ink particles.
These pulses are so rapid that they cause a change in pressure that breaks the ink apart into tiny dust-like particles, which are then absorbed by your lymphatic system and flushed from your body.
PicoSure tattoo removal is a safe way to lighten or fully remove any designs you no longer want. It requires fewer treatments than traditional laser tattoo removal, and works effectively on:
While laser tattoo removal is an individually tailored process, most tattoos require a series of treatments scheduled at least six to eight weeks apart.
The number of treatments you’ll need depends on the size of your tattoo, where it’s located, and the quality and color of the ink. Many factors influence whether the treatment will make your tattoo disappear completely or simply fade.
For example, older tattoos tend to disappear more easily and with fewer treatments, while tattoos located further down your legs or arms are usually harder to remove. Amateur tattoos are also easier to remove than professional ones.
After assessing the size, color, location, and type of tattoo you have, Dr. Biondi will come up with a customized treatment plan. You can expect to see your tattoo fade with each treatment. Although many tattoos can be removed in four to six visits, some require further treatment.
Laser tattoo removal feels somewhat like the tattooing process. Because the PicoSure laser relies on pressure changes as well as heat to smash ink particles apart, some patients may feel minor discomfort. If necessary, Dr. Biondi can use a topical numbing cream to help you feel more comfortable.
Possible side effects of tattoo laser removal are generally minimal. The removal site is always at risk of infection, however — after treatment, you may notice swelling, blistering, or even minor bleeding. An antibacterial ointment can help you reduce your risk of infection as you heal between sessions.
If you have a tattoo you no longer want, the team at Victoria Biondi, MD can help. Call or book your appointment online today.
*Individual results may vary