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There is an amount of discomfort involved in this procedure. We manage it with the application of medical-grade numbing cream beforehand. This topical anaesthetic combine with the application of cooling air during the treatment make the treatment quite tolerable and most people can get through even large treatment areas quite easily.
The Picosure laser fires in picoseconds. It's hard to fathom, but that is one trillionth, or one millionth of one millionth of a second! These pulses create a photomechanical effect, or PressureWave™, that targets ink while avoiding unmarked tissue. PressureWave™ shatters the ink and brown spots into tiny, dust-like particles which are easily eliminated by the body. The result is clearer skin, in fewer treatments, without injuring the surrounding skin.The laser fragments the ink, allowing your body to absorb it and break it down naturally.
Because, thanks to our Picosure laser, we can do just that... take the ink off faster! There are many different tattoo removal technologies on the market. In addition to Picosure, Cynosure has Accolade, Medlite C6, and RevLite. Fotona Lasers has QX-Max. More obscure companies like Quanta Lasers have a series of technologies. Some laser tattoo removal places have lasers from unknown Asian companies who offer cheap technology that has noFDA or Health Canada approval to speak of. All of the above mentioned lasers are Q-Switched lasers and, therefore, do not fire their laser at Picosecond speed. This is what distinguishes Picosure from all other lasers, and why it has been clinically proven to remove tattoos in half or even one-third the number of treatments as a Q-switched laser.
No, faster removal does not mean treatments are closer together; it means fewer treatments overall. We always recommend waiting at least six to eight weeks between treatments to give you the best result. Even though your skin will be healed far sooner, your lymphatic system will need time to clear the ink from the treatment site. If we treat too soon after, the laser will be targeting the same ink as the last treatment, because it would not have had time to clear from the site. Treating prematurely will not necessarily clear the ink faster. Removing tattoos with Picosure is faster because you need fewer treatments to fade or remove the ink.
Conventional Q-switched technologies use the Kirby-Desai Scale to determine the number of treatments, That scale does not apply to the Picosure as it does not interact with the skin or the colours of the tattoo in the same way. During your consultation, after seeing your tattoo, we will be better able to suggest the number of treatments it will likely take. Picosure has been clinically proven to take tattoos of in half the amount of treatments, and often even faster. In most cases a minimum of three to five treatments will be required, although we have even seen tattoos come off in a single treatment! This is not common but we have seen it several times!
You will likely see fading of your tattoo after the first treatment, although that is not always the case. Scarring from the tattoo artist or from previous laser treatments, the type of ink, and many other factors determine the progress of the fading. Everyone responds at a different rate. Some people see a difference with every treatment, while others will not see much change for a few treatments in a row. In any case you will definitely see clearance happen faster than you would have with a Q-switched technology.
Yes, we can certainly remove part of a tattoo, and with a lot of precision. Depending on the level of detail, a touch up at your tattoo shop may be required after your series of treatments.
No, We do not treat these types of tattoos. Some cosmetic inks have metallic bases. When the laser comes in contact with these inks, it can turn black. Be cautious of anyone who says they can effectively remove cosmetic ink. Once this darkening occurs, it cannot be removed by any laser. Attempting to do so could leave you with permanent black lip liner, for example. Tattooed eyeliner cannot be removed due to the danger of the laser near the eye, and the ink in permanent eyebrows could migrate up the forehead causing a shadow effect.
Yes! Picosure can remove blue and green ink. Unlike Q-Switched technology, Picosure has absolutely no problem removing blue and green ink. It can even get the remaining blue and green left over from a tattoo treated with Q-switched treatments that is now scarred or blurred.
Picosure laser tattoo removal will cost less. Pricing is determined by assessing the size of your tattoo. We determine this by taking the total number of square inches of the tattoo, divided by the % of ink per square inch. You do not pay for any area that does not have ink. We offer single treatment pricing as well as discounts on a pre-paid series. We also offer $100 off per treatment on any additional tattoo done at the same time. Medical-grade topical anaesthetic is included in the price. The cost for a Picosure treatment will tend to be more than you would pay for a Q-Switch treatment but the overall cost of removing the ink will usually be less because fewer treatments are required.
Yes, you can purchase just one treatment at a time for laser tattoo removal. You will, however, save money when you buy a series of three treatments. We encourage a series for two reasons:

• It will save you money. Not only will you enjoy significant savings on the first three treatments,if you require further treatment(s) you will get the same discount on those as well.
• People who make their tattoo removal treatments a priority by buying a series will ensure that they are getting their treatments on time. They are more likely to remove their tattoo in a timely manner without the concerns of month-to-month budgetary challenges.
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