Pico lasers use ultra-short pulses that diffuse ink particles with high pressure and the ink breaks into small dust particles. After they are broken down, these particles are easily absorbed and eliminated by the body. Pico lasers are becoming the preferred method of removing tattoos. Treatment with a pico laser is effective for all types of skin. The procedure takes about 10-15 minutes per session, depending on the size of the processed area. Each treatment is associated with slight discomfort, no greater than the pain of getting the tattoo in the first place. The recommended period between the different procedures is 2 to 8 weeks.
Pico lasers are relatively new on the market and can effectively remove different tattoo colors because of the wavelengths and powerful pico pulse. Each laser burst lasts one trillionth of a second. The laser interacts with the skin trough a photoacoustic effect. This produces a transitory skin whitening effect called “frosting,” which disappears after a few minutes.
- Pico lasers offer a safe treatment and can be used for darker skin types too. This is because when the energy is delivered into the skin it shatters the pigment which is called the chromophore and there is no dissipation of heat.
- The procedure is quick. One session only lasts about ten minutes. If you have a large tattoo, deep scar, or other major imperfection, you may need multiple sessions.
- The laser is designed to maximize results while minimizing discomfort and eliminating long-term skin damage.
- The effect of pico laser procedure comes after the first session. You will see the tattoo is beginning to fade.