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Does Tattoo Removal Damage Skin?

Tattoo regret is a real thing!

Regardless of why you want to remove your tattoo, laser tattoo removal has never been more accessible and effective! Whether you need a “clean slate” due to a new job or a new girlfriend/boyfriend, Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz offers the most effective laser tattoo removal using the PicoSure laser! Although traditional laser tattoo removal (Q-switched) with its high laser energy and multiple treatments could damage the surrounding skin, the newer PicoSure technology greatly reduces this risk, making laser tattoo removal safe for all tattoo colors and all skin types!

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Real Patients. Real Results. View before & after images of vein and cosmetic procedures in our photo gallery.

How Does PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Work

Many of the standard lasers on the market are either not powerful enough to break up the ink into tiny enough particles to achieve desired results, or other lasers use too much heat, which ends up damaging the surrounding skin. The PicoSure laser does not use any heat – it uses PressureWave technology and ultra-short “picosecond” bursts of energy, so not only is the ink of the tattoo broken down into tiny particles much smaller than other lasers are capable of, the skin also endures less trauma because of the technology’s picosecond (very short) pulse. Using less heat and only targeting the ink means less skin damage.

The less damaging technology of PicoSure laser tattoo removal provides better results in fewer treatments, without side effects. The newer Pico devices offer better clearance on tattoos of all colors and sizes, in all skin tones, and require fewer sessions with faster, more comfortable treatments. However, there still remains a huge variation depending on the size, color, body location and depth/intensity/type of ink used. Since every tattoo is different, we offer complimentary tattoo removal consultations. Once our laser aesthetician examines the size and colors of your tattoo, she can give you a more reasonable idea of how many treatments may be required for total clearance. Patients should typically expect to see 20-25% tattoo removal after each laser treatment, although tattoo size, colors and type/density of ink are contributing factors. For optimal results, each treatment should be spaced 6-8 weeks apart.

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To learn more, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schwartz by filling out the form on this page or by calling his practice at 913-451-8346. Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz serves patients throughout the Kansas City metro.

Is PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Safe?

When performed by highly trained and experienced laser aestheticians, PicoSure laser tattoo removal is completely safe. It is FDA-cleared and more comfortable than any other tattoo removal treatment available and is highly effective at zapping away old, unfavorable tattoos. What’s more, the treatment promises little or no side effects and causes no injury to the surrounding skin. In one report ( of PicoSure studies and reviews, researchers determined that PicoSure and other picosecond lasers only caused a few mild side effects, such as hypopigmentation, slight bruising and blistering.

After treatment, most patients only report minor swelling and redness for a few hours. And because this treatment doesn’t damage the surface of the skin, patients can apply makeup, moisturizers and sunscreen immediately. Being able to apply sunscreen so soon afterward is an important consideration, as it mitigates the risk of sunburn and sun damage, which is often worsened after laser treatment.


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Read from real patients about their experiences with Dr. Schwartz and his team at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz.

Take the Next Step

To learn more about PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal, schedule your complimentary consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling (913) 451-8346.

Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz proudly serves the entire Kansas City metro area.

* This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician.

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