PICO – The World’s Most Powerful Tattoo Removal Laser, Yet Safe and Effective for All Skin Types & ALL Coloured Inks
Below are answers to some questions we are frequently asked by our patients. If you have a question not listed please do not hesitate to call us, we are more than happy to help with any inquiries.
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Ink particles are too large for the body’s immune system to remove naturally. By passing a very short pulse of high power laser light through the skin, the tattoo ink is shattered and broken into smaller particles.
As tattoo ink particles are too big for the body’s immune system to break down, the laser breaks them into smaller particles – the body is then able to remove these particles and dispose of them naturally.
Discovery PICO is gentle on the skin but like a sledge hammer to tattoo ink particles, effectively pulverizing the ink into dust, which is then safely removed by your bodies own immune system.
The Discovery PICO uses new PICOSECOND technology meaning the laser pulses at speeds of 1 trillionth of a second (a picosecond).
This means the laser spends very little time on the skin allowing more power to be delivered safely to the tattoo ink particles. Other tattoo removal lasers pulse approx. 1000x slower and spend longer on the skin, massively increasing the risks of skin damage. Other methods create more skin trauma with less results.
It depends on what you want – just to lighten your tattoo for a cover up or to have the tattoo removed completely.
The number of treatments depends on many factors. The ink used, the colour, depth, how old it is and the number of layers of ink which have been tattooed. Most amateur and professional tattoos require a minimum of 3 or 4 treatments but may take more. Everyone reacts to treatment differently so it’s not possible to give an exact estimate of treatments needed.
A typical treatment session will last between 5 – 40 minutes, this is entirely dependent on the size of the tattoo.
Lasers do cause slight discomfort during the treatment – some patients have described this feeling as similar to being ‘snapped’ with a rubber band, while some patients liken the sensation to the pain of getting a tattoo.
Certain areas are more sensitive than others, these areas include the ankles and the shoulder blades. As the treatment progresses and the tattoo ink fades, the discomfort felt during treatment also reduces.
Thanks to our special cool chilled lasers, treatment is not too uncomfortable.
No single laser can remove all types and colours of tattoo ink – which is why we use different types of lasers to treat each colour individually.
The removal of a multicoloured tattoos require the use of different laser wavelengths to remove each colour. Discovery PICO is the first device in the world to apply PICOSECOND technology and also deliver all 3 wavelengths needed to treat all coloured tattoo inks.
Red, blue, green and other coloured inks can be treated effectively but may take more treatments than just black ink.
Immediately post treatment, the tattoo will look frosted or white, there may also be redness and swelling around the treated area.
This redness is quite similar to the sensation of sunburn and will settle after a few days. It is also quite normal to blister following this treatment, but this does not indicate potential scarring. Blistering will not need treatment, and it will generally harden and clear within a few days. Sometimes pin prick bleeding and scabbing may occur.
After your treatment, one of our expert therapists will advise you on any after care requirements and answer any questions you may have.
Generally the area should be kept clean and dry. You should not expose the treated area to any strong sunlight between your sessions without use of a sunblock (SPF 30–50 is recommended).
We use PICO lasers which deliver high power energy to break up the tattoo pigment ink particles with a very short pulse duration (trillionths of a second!).
This means that the very high energy shatters the ink but is only on the skin for a very short time so there is generally no lasting damage to the skin.
Occasionally, changes in skin texture or colour may occur. Hyper pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation may occur in some cases and this usually returns to normal in time. However in some extremely rare cases, this could be permanent or require other treatment.
Those patients who have a history of keloid scarring may not be suitable for treatment.