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How Laser Tattoo Removal Works
The number of treatments you’ll need depends on a variety of factors, including location, density, colors and skin type. Typically our treatment estimates range from as few as 3 to 10 or more. Most treatments last just a minute or so and feel like a rubber band repeatedly snapping on the skin. While not a great feeling, it’s very tolerable. We also utilize the Zimmer Chiller that numbs but the skin before, during, and after treatment to minimize any discomfort.
That’s just a quick overview. You can find out more by reading our blog or by contacting us directly. Our team is here to answer any questions and will provide a full overview during a free consultation.
PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal: Better than Nanosecond Lasers?
What is a PicoSure Laser?
PicoSure is a tattoo removal laser manufactured by CynoSure Incorporated, a company that specializes in developing and producing lasers for the aesthetics industry. The name for the laser comes from the “pico second” pulse duration and is marketed as a revolutionary breakthrough in tattoo removal treatments. The claim is that PicoSure lasers and other picosecond lasers made by other companies result in “better and faster” results than traditional nanosecond lasers.
Most tattoo removal lasers in the Chicago area are “Q-switched,” which means that they pulse light rather than emit a continuous beam of light. Just how fast does that pulse happen? The speed is called pulse duration. Pulse duration is a complicated topic that takes advanced physics degrees to truly understand and there are multiple ways to define it; the most simple is power divided by time (i.e. how quickly is the laser hitting the skin and then stopping). If you’re interested in researching the topic further, pulse duration is defined and discussed further here.
Is a PicoSure laser or picosecond actually more effective than a nanosecond laser?
The logic is that that shorter pulse durations lead to, “better and faster results” and claims have been made by laser manufacturers and tattoo removal providers that a PicoSure and other picosecond lasers can remove tattoos in half as many treatments as compared to “traditional” nanosecond lasers. This is how laser salesmen approach us to their products for more money AND get clinics to “upgrade” their laser technology. Picosecond lasers typically range in price between $250,000 to $350,000 while nanosecond lasers are typically around $115,000. Of course, this additional cost must be passed on to the consumer – especially if they will need fewer treatments than required by “traditional” nanosecond lasers.
Unfortunately, the dream of “better and faster” laser tattoo removal results isn’t real. In fact, there is a class action lawsuit brought by a Chicago area dermatologist for false advertising of the PicoSure technology.
As a prideful small business, Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal looks for the best laser tattoo removal technology available while also offering the best value. Laser salesmen frequently pitch their products in our Chicago offices and present their before and after photos. The results from our nanosecond technology are on par with the results of PicoSure tattoo removal in Chicago and picosecond laser technology for laser tattoo removal and treatment for unwanted tattoos. We see no evidence of the “faster and better” results claims based on their own before and after images. We too have excellent results photos based on comparable tattoos – take a look for yourself!
What can I expect during a tattoo removal session (PicoSure or nanosecond)?
First, modern laser tattoo removal treatments are FDA approved and, when operated by experienced laser technicians, are very safe procedures. The treatment itself feels like a firm rubber band snapping repeatedly. Most clinics using PicoSure or modern nanosecond laser technology utilize a Zimmer Chiller (concentrated cold air) to numb the treatment site before, during, and after treatment. This numbing makes the treatment especially tolerable and most sessions last just a minute or so, depending on the size of the tattoo pigment.
The number of laser technology treatments required depends on a range of factors. Some factors that impact the number of treatments needed include:
- Quality of the laser (PicoSure or nanosecond Q-switched lasers)
- Regular maintenance on the laser
- Appropriate settings used by the laser operator
- Skin type
- Ink density
- Ink depth
- Ink quality
- Age of tattoo
- Location on body
- Lifestyle habits (water, exercise, and not smoking)
- Time between treatments
At Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal, we offer free consultations to evaluate your tattoo and give an accurate estimated number of treatments. See our video for what to expect during your free consultation. Most clients require between 3 and 10 sessions for full removal. Each treatment is spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart to achieve maximum fading results (and minimize the overall number of treatments).
3 Great Locations: Chicago’s South Loop, Lakeview & Northwest Indiana
Conveniently located in the South Loop just one block east of Michigan Avenue, close to the highway and multiple lines public transportation, Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal’s South Loop office has two 30-minute flasher zones just outside our entrance on South Indiana. Monday 11:00-6:30 & Wednesday 11:00-6:30. Saturday 8:30-2:30. (872)215-1746 SouthLoop@BareRemoval.com
On Calumet Avenue, just off I-94, Bare Tattoo & Hair Removal’s Munster location serves our Northwest Indiana clients. Ample parking is available in our parking lot. Thursday & Friday 11:00am – 6:30pm. Saturday 8:30am – 2:30pm. (219)237-0044 Munster@BareRemoval.com
2719 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60614
Located near the corner of North Halsted Street and West Diversey Parkway, our newest office is convenient for our north side patients near Lakeview and Lincoln Park. We are a 5 minute walk from the Diversey Red Line CTA stop and the Route 8 and Route 76 CTA bus routes. We are currently only offering laser tattoo removal at this location but plan to add laser hair removal soon. Our hours are from Thursday 11:00-6:30, Friday 11:00-6:30, and Saturday 8:30-2:30. (312) 857-3074 Info@BareRemoval.com