FAQ

What is PicoSure?
PicoSure is the newest and fastest laser on the market for safe and effective tattoo removal. Picosecond laser technology delivers energy 1000 times faster than traditional lasers, making it the best choice for laser tattoo removal.

How does laser tattoo removal work?
During the PicoSure treatment, laser energy is gently delivered to the tattoo, targeting the ink and shattering it into tiny particles. The particles are eliminated by the body’s natural processes resulting in a lightening of the tattoo ink.

Does tattoo removal hurt?
The typical answer is yes. However, we use a local anesthetic (numbing medication) to help ensure you have a pain-free experience.

If local anesthetics are not used, the procedure is slightly more uncomfortable than getting a tattoo but much quicker. Most treatments take between 30-90 seconds!

What color tattoos can be removed with PicoSure?
PicoSure can be used to remove a variety of tattoo colors and types. Difficult ink colors, such as blue and green, and previously treated tattoos can effectively be removed with PicoSure.

How many treatments will tattoo removal require?
With PicoSure, you will see greater results in fewer treatments. Most tattoos can be removed in 5-8 treatments. During the free consultation, a practitioner will evaluate your tattoo and recommend a realistic treatment regime to help you achieve the best results.

How often will I need treatments?

Treatments are typically spaced 6-8 weeks apart to allow the ink to break down and be reabsorbed by the body. Although the area may appear healed, it is not. Receiving treatments too close together is not beneficial; in fact, it could put you at risk for scarring.

Will I see results after the first treatment?
Every patient and tattoo responds differently. Some patients see improved clearance after the first treatment, while others may take a few treatments to see results. Following the recommended post treatment protocol will likely improve the results and reduce the chance of adverse events.

What are the restrictions after treatment?
We recommend that patients limit their physical activity for the first 24-48 hours to avoid irritation or harm to the treated area. After that, patients can go about their days normally, however sun exposure should be limited until the treatment area is completely healed.

Can I lighten the tattoo to have another one put on top?
Tattoos can be lightened in preparation for a cover-up tattoo. We recommend that you wait six weeks between your last treatment and when you have the new tattoo completed.

Can I have only a portion of my tattoo removed?
Yes, PicoSure delivers energy so precisely that even the smallest areas of a tattoo can be removed without affecting the surrounding tattoo.

I got my tattoo one week ago. Can I have it removed today?
Tattoo regret can happen at any time, sometimes as early as the day after a tattoo is completed. Because your skin needs time to heal from the tattoo procedure, we require each patient to wait at least six weeks to start the removal process.

Will I experience any complications from tattoo removal with PicoSure?
There have been no adverse events reported from PicoSure treatments. It is important to take care of your tattoo and be compliant with aftercare instructions provided by your practitioner to avoid any unexpected issues.

How much does it cost to have PicoSure tattoo removal?
The cost of laser tattoo removal depends on several factors, including the size of tattoo and the number of treatments it will require. After your consultation, the practitioner will provide you a price estimate for the treatment series.

How is PicoSure different from R20?
PicoSure is a new technology. The laser fires over 1000 times faster than the traditional nanosecond laser! The amount of heat is dramatically less leading to less epithelial damage. Additionally, because of the patented technology, there is no need for multiple treatments on a given day. One treatment per session is all that is needed. R20 is method that uses nanosecond technology, but repeats the same treatment process three to fours times in one session. The laser uses heat to disrupt ink particles. A drawback is that the treatments must be spaced apart to allow the skin and underlying tissue to cool off. Additionally, because so much heat is applied to the skin during an R20 session there is a greater possibility of skin damage.

Does UnTattooU offer the R20 treatment method?
No, we do not offer the R20 treatment protocol. It exposes the client to an unnecessary risk for scaring, picosecond technology provides similar if not better clearance, without the risk associated with multiple passes.