New laser technology makes tattoo removal faster

LOS ANGELES (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Removing a tattoo with a traditional laser can involve as many as twenty sessions. It’s expensive and painful. Now, there’s a new laser that uses cutting-edge technology that cuts down on your time in the doctor’s office.

Jasmine is in the middle of undoing something she did when she was 16. She’s getting rid of a tattoo of a Shakespeare quote that covers her entire left side.

Jasmine told Ivanhoe, “I definitely don't want a giant tattoo on my side for the rest of my life.”

She had bad luck trying to get smaller tattoos removed.   Seven visits and they’re still visible. Then she found Dennis Dass, M.D., a Los Angeles-based plastic surgeon, who uses a new PicoSure laser. A picosecond is a trillionth of a second.

“When a laser energy is delivered in a trillionth of a second, you’re actually getting a pressure wave that disrupts the ink particles as opposed to heat damage to the ink particles, so you get less damage to the surrounding skin,” detailed Dr. Dass.

After giving her lidocaine shots for pain, Dr. Dass will spend five minutes using the laser on her tattoo. What can be a two-year process with a traditional laser takes about eight months with PicoSure.

Dr. Dass explained, “With the older laser technology it takes anywhere from 12-20 treatments to get that tattoo removed. With this newer technology, we can remove it in about six to eight treatments.”

Jasmine said, “I’m imaging the best possible outcome with maybe a little bit of you know some here and there discoloration and scarring, which I’m totally open to as long as the tattoo is for the most part, gone.”

That should happen in three more sessions.

Some tattoo colors are impossible to remove with traditional lasers. Within the last year, PicoSure released an attachment that zaps reds, yellows, and oranges just as quickly as it does other colors.

Contributors to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Supervising Producer; Wendy Chioji, Field Producer; Milvionne Chery, Assistant Producer; Roque Correa, Editor; Rusty Reed, Videographer.