Getting a tattoo is a wonderful way to express your personal taste and artistic preferences. However, as you mature, your aesthetic preferences, personal goals, and lifestyle will change. As a result, it’s very normal to have a tattoo that doesn’t reflect your current goals and priorities. At Verve Weight Loss & Laser Aesthetics in Upland, California, we can solve this problem with PicoSure laser treatments. In addition to laser tattoo removal, this laser can treat wrinkles, age spots, and other skin issues.
How Does PicoSure Work?
PicoSure laser is a revolutionary treatment that can remove unwanted tattoos and treat a wide variety of skin conditions. This laser uses specialized technology to accomplish these aesthetic goals.
Removing Your Unwanted Tattoo
PicoSure erases unwanted tattoos by treating the ink that was used to create your tattoo. During your laser treatment, we will use this device’s specialized PressureWave technology to send rapid pulses of energy into your body. This energy will change the pressure under your skin and cause the ink in your tattoo to shatter into very small particles.
After your ink has shattered into microparticles, your body will begin the next step of the tattoo removal process. During this stage of your treatment, your body’s lymphatic system will remove the tiny particles of ink from your treatment area. This is an automatic process, and you will be able to follow your usual schedule as your body clears away your unwanted tattoo.
Reducing Your Wrinkles
PicoSure can also be used to smooth your wrinkles and give you a fresh, youthful look. This laser achieves this aesthetic outcome by helping your body create more collagen and elastin. These proteins strengthen your skin’s structure and prevent you from developing wrinkles, lines, and other negative signs of age.
PicoSure uses laser energy to gently squeeze the cells in your target area. Squeezing these cells will cause them to direct your body to make more elastin and collagen. Your body’s enhanced production of these structural proteins will rejuvenate your skin and decrease your lines and wrinkles.
Removing Unwanted Pigmentation and Acne Scars
PicoSure is a great way to remove freckles, age spots, acne scars, and other types of unwanted pigmentation from your skin. During your laser session, we will use PicoSure to transmit energy into the area of your skin that contains scars or unwanted pigmentation.
This laser energy will remove the excess pigmentation or scars from your skin and allow your body to begin making healthy new cells. Over time, your acne scars, freckles, or other pigmentation issues will fade and your complexion will become more even.
How Does PicoSure Laser Compare to Other Laser Devices?
Quick Bursts of Energy
As its name suggests, the PicoSure laser is able to transmit laser energy in a picosecond, or one trillionth of a second. Transmitting energy in short pulses allows this laser to treat your unwanted tattoo, acne scars, and other issues without burning the surrounding tissues in your target area.
Suitable for Darker Skin
Many older lasers cannot treat darker skin types without causing burns or hyperpigmentation. In contrast, PicoSure’s sophisticated technology can safely treat a wide variety of skin types.
Will My Laser Treatment Be Uncomfortable?
PicoSure’s ability to transmit energy in short pulses allows this laser to treat your skin in a quick, gentle fashion, and you will not feel uncomfortable during your treatment. Instead, you may notice a soft sensation that is similar to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against your skin.
If you are nervous about this process, we can use specialized techniques to help you relax. For instance, we may apply a numbing cream to your skin before we begin your laser session.
What Should I Expect During My Laser Treatment?
You should wear loose, comfortable clothing to your laser treatment. If you are receiving this treatment on your face, you should be prepared to pull your hair back and take off your jewelry.
Numbing Your Skin
Depending on the type of tattoo or skin condition that you are addressing, we may begin your appointment by applying a prescription-strength numbing agent to your skin. After you are numb, we will begin to transmit the laser energy into your skin.
Treating Your Skin
The PicoSure device can create different wavelengths of energy, and we will adjust these wavelengths to effectively treat your skin issues or unwanted tattoo. For example, we can use specialized wavelengths to remove certain shades of ink in your tattoo. As we transmit this energy into your body, we will use an innovative cooling method to ensure that the surface of your skin is protected during your treatment.
A Customized Process
Although the duration of your appointment will vary, PicoSure works very quickly, and we might be able to treat a small tattoo in a couple of minutes. If you are treating a large tattoo or a more severe skin condition, your appointment will take longer to complete.
Leaving Our Office
Since you won’t receive any general anesthesia during your treatment, you will be able to drive yourself to your home or other destination after we finish improving your skin. You’ll have a short recovery period, and there’s no need for you to schedule time off from your housework, job, or other usual activities.
How Should I Care for My Skin After My Laser Treatment?
We will give you a detailed explanation about how to care for your skin after your laser session is finished. But in general, you should not take a shower or get your treatment area wet for twenty-four hours. You’ll also need to carefully clean your skin and use high-quality sunscreen for the next couple of days.
In addition, you should refrain from engaging in activities that could irritate your skin. To accomplish this goal, you should not use harsh skin care products or go outside in strong sunlight.
How Long Will This Laser Take to Treat My Skin?
The PicoSure laser is very efficient, and you are likely to see dramatic changes in your acne scars, age spots, and other skin issues after you receive a couple of laser treatments. However, if you have very large, dark, or deeply pigmented areas on your skin, you are likely to need a longer treatment plan.
Can This Laser Treatment Really Improve My Skin?
PicoSure is a proven treatment, and several scientific studies have shown that this laser is very good at treating different skin conditions. For example, in one study, about 90% of people who used this laser to treat their wrinkles were satisfied with their improvements after six months. Further, more than 85% of these people said that they would recommend this laser treatment.
Scientific evidence also supports this laser’s ability to treat acne scars. For example, after receiving six laser sessions to address their acne scars, many people in a study said that they were satisfied or very satisfied with their results.
How Long Will This Laser Take to Remove My Unwanted Tattoo?
Since some tattoos are easier to address than others, the number of laser treatments that you receive will vary. That said, there are some factors that can impact the length of your tattoo removal plan.
The Size of Your Tattoo
As you might imagine, removing a large tattoo will require more laser sessions. If your tattoo is very small, you are likely to see positive changes after a couple of treatments.
The Color of Your Tattoo
Each color of ink has a unique reaction to laser treatments. In general, tattoos that are mostly black are easy to remove. Blue, red, and green shades of ink are more difficult to treat. That said, PicoSure uses advanced technology that can treat a wide variety of ink colors, and we have used this laser to successfully remove many multi-colored tattoos.
The Quality of Your Tattoo
Amateur artists usually use less ink to create tattoos. As a result, we will probably be able to remove an amateur tattoo more quickly than a tattoo that was created by a professional artist.
The Location of Your Tattoo
Strong blood flow will help your body’s lymphatic system process and remove the ink in your unwanted tattoo. Your blood flow is stronger in areas that are closer to your heart. Accordingly, tattoos that are located on your chest may be easier to treat than tattoos on your feet or hands.
The Age of Your Tattoo
It’s common for older tattoos to fade and become less visible as your body eliminates ink over the years. Since this type of tattoo contains less ink, older designs will require fewer sessions to remove.
Designing Your Laser Treatment Plan
You’ll have an initial consultation before we use PicoSure to erase your tattoo. We will analyze the colors, design, age, size, and location of the tattoo that you would like to eliminate with laser treatments. We will use this analysis to create a custom plan for you. At this point, we will tell you how many appointments you’ll need.
Is There Anything I Can Do to Increase the Effectiveness of My Tattoo Removal Treatments?
Your overall health will impact the length and complexity of your treatment plan. When your lymphatic system and blood flow are strong, your body will be able to quickly remove the microparticles of ink from your target area. There are a number of steps that you can take to improve your health and quickly remove your unwanted tattoo.
Smoking cigarettes harms your vascular system and makes it more difficult for your body to process your shattered ink particles. Quitting smoking is a fantastic way to improve your blood flow and make your laser treatments more effective.
When your body is well-hydrated, your lymphatic system will be able to quickly remove the microparticles of ink from your skin. During your treatment plan, you should avoid drinking large amounts of coffee, tea, alcohol, and other substances that can cause you to become dehydrated. Instead, you should drink sufficient amounts of water every day.
Rest and Nourish Your Body
To keep your body strong, you should make sure to get enough sleep each night. Further, you should eat a balanced diet that contains plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Transform Your Skin
Unwanted tattoos, age spots, wrinkles, and other skin conditions can cause you to feel unhappy and sad when you look at yourself in the mirror. If you are ready to fix these issues and achieve a new look, you should consider receiving PicoSure laser treatments. Your laser sessions can erase unwanted tattoos and give you clear, attractive skin. To learn more about the benefits of this laser technology, contact us at Verve Weight Loss & Laser Aesthetics in Upland, California.