Laser for Tattoo Removal
RejuvaDERM is proud to be the FIRST in Canada (from Vancouver to Toronto to Calgary and Ottawa) to offer the PicoWay from Syneron Candela!
The PicoWay is a remarkably innovative dual wavelength picosecond laser from Syneron Candela, a trusted and well established name in lasers. PicoWay enables the 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 that breaks up the tattoo ink or pigmentation into smaller, more easily eliminated particles.
- Dual wavelengths – 1064 nm & 532 nm wavelengths in one laser system- allowing the ability to treat different colors effectively
- Treats the widest range of tattoos – 2 wavelengths to treat most tattoo colors & types, including recalcitrant tattoos
- Treat dermal and epidermal pigmented lesions – Large spot sizes enable deep penetration when needed
- Highest peak power – For effective energy over the broadest range of spot sizes
- Shortest picosecond pulses – 40% shorter picosecond pulses mean effective, yet lower fluences, for less risk of side effects
What is the PicoWay?
The PicoWay is a remarkably innovative dual wavelength picosecond laser from Syneron Candela. PicoWay enables the 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 that breaks up the tattoo ink or pigmentation into smaller, more easily eliminated particles.
Are there any side effects?
On occasion, hypopigmentation (a whitening of the skin) may occur. However, the normal skin tone should return within 6-12 months following your last treatment session. Blisters may also occur after treatment. The blisters occur infrequently and when treated appropriately will not have any long term effects. Scarring is also infrequent after treatment. Long term side effects are rare.
Can Any Tattoo Be Removed?
Yes, nearly every tattoo can be removed completely, now. With the use of the Q-switch Nd:YAG laser, all colors (except white) can be treated. However, permanent makeup (cosmetic tattoos) and tattoos containing white pigment may actually become darker. Therefore, we recommend test spotting the area before treatment. If the pigment does darken, we have a Q-switch Nd:YAG laser that can improve the darkening however it may be refractory to treatment and can be permanent. With any technology, there is a change for residual effects with some tattoo removal cases.
Does Tattoo Removal Hurt?
Unfortunately, tattoos are uncomfortable to have placed on the skin and they are just as uncomfortable when they are removed. To minimize the discomfort, the physician will recommend taking Tylenol a few hours before the procedure. Pain medications that thin blood and promote bruising are not recommended. To further decrease the pain, our physician and technicians apply a local anesthetic ointment on the tattoo a few hours before the procedure. In some cases, our physicians at RejuvaDERM may inject a local anesthetic into the tattoo before the procedure to numb the area- this is only done by a trained Physician or Nurse with expertise in the field.
How Does A Laser Remove A Tattoo?
Lasers work by directing energy toward ink in the skin with highly concentrated color filtered light beams. These laser beams break up ink particles into tiny fragments which are later cleared up by the body naturally. This process of fragmenting the ink particles requires several sessions depending on the depth of the ink level. The procedure is bloodless and no incisions are made. The laser selectively targets the pigment of the tattoo without damaging the surrounding skin.
How Long Does Each Treatment Take?
Treatments usually do not take more than a few minutes, yet this time frame varies greatly depending on the size and color of the tattoo. However, several sessions are required to remove most tattoos- this depends entirely on yourself, your tattoo and your bodys response to the laser. The sessions are usually split over 4-8 week periods.
What Determines The Success Of Tattoo Removal?
Complete removal of a tattoo is based on several factors. The size, location, application, age, and ink color of the tattoo all factor in, as well as the health of the patient and thus their body’s ability to heal. Newer tattoos are generally more difficult to remove. Also if the tattoo artist had a heavy hand and caused some scarring during the tattooing process, the scar will still remain after the pigment has disappeared.
What will my skin look like after treatment?
Right after your treatment, your skin will have a white discoloration, and the area around the tattoo may become reddish and could have some swelling. This is normal and will disappear slowly over time. Immediately after treatment, antibacterial ointment and gauze will be applied to the treated area to minimize infection.
Who Is A Candidate For Laser Tattoo Removal?
Individuals with fair skin and superficially placed tattoos on the arms, chest, buttocks, or legs are the best candidates. Tattoos on dark-skinned individuals, or tattoos on the ankles or fingers, areas where there is less body fat, are the most difficult to treat and results are more variable. Consulting with a professional and reputable tattoo removal specialist who is experienced and understands the procedure is important to ensure proper treatment and candidacy.
To book your FREE consultation regarding laser tattoo removal call or text:
Grande Prairie location: (780)533-7546
Edmonton location: (780)665-4646