PicoSure laser tattoo removal can cost $199-$1,299 per treatment and $549-$3,399 for a three-treatment package, depending upon the size of your tattoo.
It takes 7 days to fully recover after each PicoSure laser tattoo removal treatment. Patients typically require 6-9 treatments for best results.
The procedure takes approximately 5-45 minutes, depending upon the size of your tattoo.
During PicoSure laser tattoo removal, the cosmetic surgeon or SpaMedica laser nurse uses a picosecond laser. The ultra-short pulse duration shatters the tattoo’s pigments using a photoacoustic sound wave, rather than through heat, regardless of the colour. PicoSure laser tattoo removal generally requires half as many treatments as the other laser tattoo removal options offered.
PicoSure laser tattoo removal candidates are in generally good health and do not have lupus, uncontrolled diabetes, or scleroderma. Ideal candidates:
If you are not a good candidate for PicoSure laser tattoo removal, review non-surgical treatments available at SpaMedica.
PicoSure laser tattoo removal offers 85-100 percent removal after just 6-9 treatments. This treatment is much more effective than other, older laser options.
Once the tattoo is removed, it does not come back. People can get a new tattoo or enjoy a tattoo-free life after the procedure without fear of the old tattoo reappearing.
Nonsurgical Procedure With Little Downtime
PicoSure laser tattoo removal is a minimally invasive procedure with little downtime. While the removal site needs time to heal, people can resume normal activities immediately.
Patients only need 6-9 PicoSure laser tattoo removal treatments to achieve the desired results. Other laser tattoo removal systems require two or even three times the number of treatments. Non-picosecond pulse duration laser technology may require 16-20 treatment for 50-75% tattoo reduction.
The chance of experiencing a serious complication after undergoing PicoSure laser tattoo removal is slim. However, Dr. Mulholland addresses potential risks with patients during the consultation. SpaMedica has been offering cutting edge laser tattoo removal for over 20 years and has Canada’s largest array of lasers dedicated to Tattoo removal.
Skin lightening is possible, especially for darker-skinned patients. Dr. Mulholland will explain the likelihood of this risk after assessing the patient. Dr. Mulholland uses special picosecond wavelengths that are used on darker skin types to minimize this risk.
While rare, it is possible to develop scars after the procedure. Patients can lower this risk by following the aftercare instructions.
Infection is also a rare but possible side effect of PicoSure laser tattoo removal. Dr. Mulholland provides aftercare instructions that lower this risk; preventative antibiotics are provided.
Wound Healing Problems
Issues with wound healing can also occur after PicoSure laser tattoo removal. Patients with lupus, uncontrolled diabetes, or scleroderma are more likely to experience this complication.
All complications are managed and corrected as part of your surgical fee.
Dr. Mulholland is one of the first physicians in Toronto to offer PicoSure laser tattoo removal. He has more than two decades of experience in laser tattoo removal, and his expertise allows him to combine PicoSure with other lasers to get the best results. SpaMedica has a PicoSure (from Cynosure), a PicoWay (from Candela-Syneron), a Revlite (form Conbio), an Accolade, and Affinity (Cynosure) to ensure your tattoo removal will have the best possible results.
SpaMedica has the 2 best picosecond lasers made in the world today: the PicoSure (Cynosure) and the PicoWay (candela-Syneron). By combining different picosecond and nanosecond lasers, SpaMedica can ensure the best tattoo removal results in the fewest possible treatments.
The Picoway and Revlite tattoo removal lasers are other SpaMedica alternatives to the PicoSure laser.
Dr. Mulholland performs or supervises other laser physician specialists during the PicoSure laser tattoo removal procedure at SpaMedica. Before the treatment, the physician applies a topical anaesthetic to numb the area. Then the physician chooses the appropriate settings for the laser and deploys the light energy and an air chilling device on the treatment area.
The procedure is performed using topical anesthetic cream, air chiller and Pronox (nitrous oxide laughing gas) to ensure all treatments are optimally comfortable.
Patients need to prepare before undergoing PicoSure laser tattoo removal. Patients should:
Most patients need 6-9 treatments. It takes approximately 7 days to heal after each treatment. After recovering from the last treatment, patients will see the final results. The procedure generally removes 85-100% of the tattoo.
Patients go home immediately after the procedure. Redness, swelling, and frosting are normal after PicoSure laser tattoo removal. A dressing is applied before you leave and you are instructed on how to change it. These symptoms normally go away within 7 days. Patients need to use tepid water to clean the treatment site. Patients will also apply a topical antibiotic and use an occlusive dressing to protect the area and avoid infection.
When the treatment area is healed after 7 days, patients should avoid direct sunlight and tanning for 2 weeks. At the end of 2 weeks, patients can use cosmetic makeup or foundation to cover the treatment area if desired.
SpaMedica uses topical anaesthesia and an air chilling device and Pronox (nitrous oxide laughing gas) to ensure comfort. Some patients also prefer local anesthesia when performing laser tattoo removal procedures. The process is comfortable, and many say it’s more tolerable than getting a tattoo.
PicoSure laser tattoo removal works on all types and colours of tattoos.
This procedure works on all colours. It’s more effective at removing dark-coloured tattoos than other lasers.
Yes, the Picosure laser will also work on cosmetic tattooing on the eyebrows, lips, and other areas.
For best results, wait at least 3 months before getting a new tattoo removed.
There are no risks associated with getting PicoSure laser tattoo removal when pregnant. However, potential risks such as an infection can harm the mother, and that, in turn, can harm the fetus. Also, many women experience an increase in photosensitivity when pregnant. This can affect the outcome of the procedure, so it is wise to wait until after giving birth before undergoing a tattoo removal treatment. We do not offer laser tattoo removal during pregnancy, but yes, breastfeeding is ok for PicoSure laser tattoo removal treatment.
White frosting refers to the white residue that appears in the treatment area. This frosting appears immediately and fades during the first 15 minutes following treatment. It turns into a crust, which comes off within the first week. It’s normal for some of the tattoo ink to come off with the crust.