PicoSure Laser – Tattoo Removal

PicoSure Laser – Tattoo Removal

Westside Dermatology has six different wavelengths and two lasers dedicated to the removal of tattoos, including two PicoSure wavelengths. PicoSure is the world’s first picosecond tattoo removal laser. Picosecond lasers provide much quicker and less painful treatments compared to earlier generation lasers. In most cases tattoos clear up 80% faster than with previous techniques.

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  • Different tattoo colours will require unique laser wavelengths to remove them.
  • PicoSure is the world’s first and newest technology for tattoo removal which specifically treats resistant green, red and yellow inks.
  • PicoSure laser tattoo removal is less painful than previous technologies.
  • PicoSure laser treats resistant red, greens, and black tattoos faster than previous lasers.
  • We have access to 2 PicoSure wavelengths (755nm, 532nm), and 4 Revlite wavelengths (1064nm, 650nm, 532nm and 585nm) – this means all tattoo colours can be safely and effectively removed
  • Westside Dermatology is one of Queensland’s medical specialist tattoo removal centre.

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Power, accuracy and pulse duration makes the PicoSure the leader in tattoo removal. This laser delivers what is known as photoacoustic laser energy in very short delivery packets. This means there is a tremendous amount of controlled energy, delivered over a very short period of time (measured in one trillionth of a second). The laser beam is also precise for the pigment treated.

Power, precision and accuracy = better, faster, and consistent tattoo removal.

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PicoSure has two differing wavelengths; 755nm and 532nm. Both these wavelengths are the gold standard for treating green, red, yellow and orange tattoos. These colours will clear up to 80% quicker than conventional tattoo removal lasers such as Q-Switch Nd:Yag and dye lasers.

Resistant black tattoos can also clear much faster with PicoSure.

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Greens! If you have a green tattoo, the unique wavelength of 755nm (Alexandrite) can clear up your ink better than any previous laser on the market, including Q-Switch Nd:Yag and ruby. Using the PicoSure 532nm wavelength; reds, yellows and oranges can also be cleared faster than with normal lasers.

Resistant blacks and dark blues can also respond to PicoSure.

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This may be impossible to predict. Some light colours including light blacks can clear up in 2-4 sessions, whilst reflective yellows and greens can take many more sessions.

On average PicoSure tattoo removal clears up tattoo 60- 80% quicker than normal nanosecond lasers.

Many other factors influence tattoo clearances including the size of the tattoo, location, layering, density of ink, skin type, and most of all the state of your immune system to remove the ink.

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The answer lies in the laser wavelength. This means that a unique laser light needs to be used to treat green tattoos. Most laser tattoo machines have only one or two laser lights, and these can treat only red or black. Black tattoos are the easiest to treat, followed by reds. PicoSure generates laser energy with a unique wavelength (755nm), and with maximum power shatters green ink better than any other laser on the market.

PicoSure’s picosecond technology has been proven since 2013 as the laser of choice for greens and dark blues, and even black tattoos. With the addition of the newer red filter (532nm), red tattoos are now easier to treat. The 532nm wavelength of our new PicoSure can also treat oranges and yellows safely.

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The snap is faster! Picosecond lasers such as PicoSure have a short pulse duration measured in a trillionth of a second. This means the energy is delivered over a very short time, meaning energy pulses are quick, and hence less painful compared to normal tattoo removal lasers.

Pain is not an issue at Westside Dermatology because we are a specialist clinic and have methods to provide pain relief which can make tattoo removal less painful than getting inked in the first place.

Our Registered Nurses will guide you as to the best treatment for your tattoo.

Here are the facts-

Black tattoos– easiest colour to remove.  It does well with nanosecond or normal tattoo removal machines. Picosecond lasers however can clear black tattoos 50% faster than with traditional Q-switched laser.

Red tattoos– easy to remove or fade with the normal laser. Picosecond red 532nm wavelength can clear reds 50% faster than with previous nanosecond lasers.

Green tattoos– hands down are best suited for the PicoSure tattoo removal laser. This laser is by far the best for greens. Greens are notoriously difficult to treat, however with PicoSure, even 2 treatments can give significant fading.

Yellow, oranges and shades– Some patients can clear faster on Picosure 532nm, however it is really dependent on patient skin type and ink.  We also utilize a Q-switched 532nm wavelength when required which makes this a point of difference.

Our Registered Nurses are the most experienced tattoo removal specialists in Australia. Consultations are free and can determine the suitability of PicoSure and your tattoo.  During this consultation they will discuss –

  • The predicted number of treatments you will require for either fading for a cover up or complete removal.
  • The type of tattoo removal best suited for your skin type.
  • The risks and benefits of tattoo removal
  • Healing times and after care
  • The cost of each treatment

MY VIEWPOINT ON PICOSURE AND PICOSECOND LASERS

I find tattoo removal varies from patient to patient and clinic to clinic.  Patients are usually misinformed regarding treatment options and outcomes.  In order to remove tattoos different wavelengths are needed especially if there are multiple colours involved.  The PicoSure is the newest technology on the market with the exciting wavelength (755nm) to remove greens and blues however it is also can remove black and dark blues better compared to previous technology of nanosecond tattoo removal.

With the joint wavelengths of 755nm and 532nm of the PicoSure but also 1064nm, 532nm, 650nm and 585nm wavelengths of the RevLite we are able to provide patients with safe, quick removal of their tattoos.

EMILY HYDE – SENIOR REGISTERED NURSE: LASER SPECIALIST