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While getting tattoos may be a rite of passage for some, not all tattoos age well, and there may come a time when it makes sense to remove them. Other tattoos may no longer have the same sentimental value as they once did. Whatever your reason for wanting a tattoo removed, laser tattoo removal can help! This state-of-the-art procedure is effective for a range of ink colors and can help return your skin to a more pristine state.

What is laser tattoo removal with the PicoPlus?

The PicoPlus laser is a Nd:YAG device that relies on dual wavelengths (pico and nano) to blast through tattoo inks, breaking up the artwork into microscopic particles that are easy for the skin to flush away as waste.  The treatment can be highly customized and comes with no downtime.

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How does the PicoPlus laser work?

The PicoPlus laser blends nanosecond and picosecond wavelengths to successfully remove tattoo ink. Once the ink is shattered into microscopic particles, the body can do the rest of the work to flush out the tattoo. The PicoPlus is extremely effective and precise and can remove ink without damage to the surrounding skin cells. For this reason, there is minimal downtime afterward, and patients require fewer visits to achieve their goals.

What can I expect from my treatment?

Your skin will be numbed with a topical anesthetic prior to laser tattoo removal. Your session will be quick and convenient. Your practitioner will use a handheld device to deliver the powerful dual-wavelength energy to the ink on your skin. Most patients find the PicoPlus to be tolerable, as they experience nothing more than a slight skin prickling sensation. After your session, we apply a cold compress to the skin.

Who is a good candidate for laser tattoo removal?

Anyone who is frustrated with an unwanted tattoo can benefit from laser tattoo removal with the PicoPlus device. While skin tone and type may come into play, our practitioners can assess your concerns during your private consultation and let you know for sure whether the PicoPlus is a good solution for you.

What are the benefits?

  • Highly effective on most tattoos
  • Can easily treat most areas of the face and body
  • Rapid procedure with no downtime
  • Enhances the skin’s radiance and overall health
  • Softens and revives the skin texture and tone

Is there any downtime?

Patients can expect to resume their normal activities right away after treatment. There is no recovery or downtime to deal with. However, patients should avoid direct exposure to the sun’s UV rays in order to protect the skin from hyperpigmentation.

How many treatments are needed?

The number of PicoPlus sessions you need depends on the depth of your tattoo, its size, your skin type, and your age. Usually, patients will need 4-6 visits to achieve their tattoo removal goals. Older, less advanced lasers used to require about 12 sessions to do the same work. We can give you a clearer picture of what to expect in terms of your treatment plan and results after you undergo a private consultation with our providers.

Why choose us?

Holcomb-Kreithen Plastic Surgery and Medspa is a place patients go when they seek aesthetic excellence along with a caring, detailed treatment approach. Our providers deliver elegant, nuanced results that are carefully curated to reflect your comfort levels, wishes, and unique needs. We serve those in and beyond Sarasota and Tampa and strive to help you look and feel radiant, renewed, and rejuvenated. We are excited to offer laser tattoo removal services with the world-class PicoPlus laser system, a best-in-class device that has revolutionized skincare.

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