Laser Tattoo Removal
Remove Unwanted Tattoos Safely with the New PicoSure laser
Candidates for Laser Tatoo Removal
Any area with an unwanted tattoo can be treated with this laser, so those looking for a safe and effective Laser Tattoo Removal are excellent candidates.
Laser Tattoo Removal is accomplished by a specialized “Q-switched” laser that delivers extremely short pulses of high intensity light into the treated area. The tattoo ink particles absorb the laser energy, which causes the particles to break apart. The tattoo ink is shattered into smaller particles that are then safely removed by the body’s natural elimination system. Laser Tattoo Removal is a safe and effective method to fade and get rid of unwanted tattoos.
Dr. Langdon was one of the first physicians in the United States to acquire the PicoSure laser, the first of a new generation of medical lasers to deliver ultra-short pulses in the picosecond (trillionths of a second) range. (Ordinary Q-switched lasers deliver pulses in the nanosecond—billionths of a second—range.) Clinical studies have proven that PicoSure laser treatments will typically clear tattoos in less than half the time of standard Q-switched lasers, and with less than half the number of treatments. This dramatically increased efficacy is possible because the picosecond-range high energy laser pulses are much better at breaking up tattoo ink particles. The smaller the ink particles, the faster the body can remove them from the skin through natural lymphatic activity.
Now, the Langdon Center is one of a very few laser centers in the country that have two picosecond lasers for tattoo removal. We recently installed the PiQo4 laser, which adds four additional laser wavelengths in the picosecond pulse range. The PiQo4 offers significantly more power than the PicoSure and enables us to treat nearly all colors of tattoo ink.
Although results vary depending on the depth, density, color and location of the tattoo, most patients find that the treated area is indistinguishable from the surrounding skin. In some cases, the skin pigment may be slightly lighter or darker. Patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately following the treatment. Most people experience some redness and swelling and in some cases mild blistering.
Frequently Asked Questions
I had 3 treatments with the PicoSure laser to remove 2 black ink tattoos. The tattoos are 20 years old and located on my ankle and lower back. I previously had 12 treatments with a qswitch laser at Cornell and almost gave up as the results were poor in my case. The PicoSure laser at Dr.Langdon’s office was the exact opposite experience. There is much less pain and discomfort with a much quicker recovery time than my Cornell qswitch experience. I hardly noticed any pain after the procedure and even the next day there was no need to address a wound like I did with the Cornell qswitch treatments. The results are unbelievable and the tattoos are now greatly diminished. I anticipate 2 more treatments to completely remove the visible elements of the ink. I also feel the treatment price is fair due to the high cost of this cutting-edge laser. It has been a wonderful experience and I would recommend the Langdon center to anyone removing an unwanted tattoo. I was getting very discouraged in the past and the PicoSure laser treatments gave me faith that I will finally be able to remove my tattoos.
Your body tries to gert rid of tattoo ink because the ink particles are a foreign material. The natural elimination process is extremely slow (and virtually undetectable) because the ink particles are too large for the immune cells to handle. Laser Tattoo Removal works by breaking the ink particles into smaller fragments, which greatly accelerates this natural removal process. Each laser treatment results in additional “pulverization” of the ink particles. And with the new PicoSure laser, this fragmentation process is much faster!
The pulse of laser light is so short that only the tattoo pigment is affected. No surrounding skin tissue is damaged or harmed.
Laser Tattoo Removal is a safe and effective method to fade and get rid of unwanted tattoos.
There are many variables that factor into how quickly a tattoo is removed. The depth of the tattoo, the density of the ink and the types of colors used are the three primary factors that influence how quickly results are achieved. The location of the tattoo can also affect results. Black tattoo inks tend to absorb the laser light more readily than certain other colors and thus respond more quickly to the treatments. The new PicoSure laser is very effective at removing even difficult to remove colors like greens, blues and yellows!
Although results vary significantly, with standard Q-switched lasers professional tattoos typically require between 5 to 10 treatments delivered at 4-6 week intervals to remove. Your body’s immune system continues to clear the ink fragments from the skin; it may take one to three years for complete clearance. With the new PicoSure laser tattoo clearance typically occurs twice as fast and with half as many treatments.
The duration of each individual treatment also varies depending on the size of the tattoo, but treatments typically take 5 to 10 minutes.
Many patients state that the sensation of laser tattoo removal is like the snap of a rubber band, while some patients equate the sensation with that of receiving a tattoo. Although the actual laser treatment hurts, pain seems to stop as soon as the treatment is over.
Patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately following the treatment. Most people experience some redness and swelling and in some cases mild blistering.
Although results vary depending on the depth, density, color and location of the tattoo, most patients find that the treated area is indistinguishable from the surrounding skin. In some cases, the skin pigment may be slightly lighter or darker.
In the great majority of cases there is no scarring. The laser energy is absorbed by the pigment and does not harm the surrounding skin tissue.
Tattoo Removal varies in cost depending on the size of the tattoo being treated. Please contact us for a more specific cost.
To learn more about Laser Tattoo Removal or to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Langdon , please fill out the form on this page or call The Langdon Center at (203) 745-0340 . We look forward to working with you! The Langdon Center serves patients in the Guilford & New Haven, CT areas.