How does the new PiQo4 laser work for tattoo removal?
The PiQo4 laser delivers energy in exceptionally fast nano and picosecond pulses. Studies have shown that the best way to clear pigment in tattoos is to first use short bursts of energy in the nanosecond range. This breaks up large “rocks” of pigment into smaller pebbles. Then, subsequent laser passes utilize even faster picosecond pulses to break these pebbles into sand. What does this mean for your tattoo? Faster clearance in as few as 2 treatments! Most other tattoo lasers have just nano or pico second capabilities alone, which are simply less effective than the combination.
How many treatments are needed to remove my tattoo?
The number of treatments needed depend on the tattoo itself, the area of the body and the background skin color.
For the most accurate estimate of sessions, schedule a free consultation. Location matters: The closer the tattoo is to the heart where the circulation is better, the better the results. More colorful tattoos and greater surface area usually require more treatments. Amateur tattoos are typically not as deep as professional ones, and are easier to remove.
A treatment series can range from 1 session, up to 12 sessions, and are treated 6-8 weeks apart.
The actual laser portion of the treatment happen quickly and takes anywhere from 30 seconds to 5 minutes.
Will the laser procedure scar my skin?
No. This is a question that many new patients ask about, and we understand their concerns. Modern tattoo removal lasers will not scar the skin for two reasons. Firstly, the laser does not go deep enough in the skin to cause a scarring response. Second, the pulse from the laser is so fast that only the tattoo pigmentation is affected and surrounding cells and tissue are left undamaged. Scarring was an issue 10 or 15 years ago when the equipment used for tattoo removal was relatively crude.
Is it right for me?
PiQo4 laser tattoo removal treatments are not suitable for everyone and carry some risks. Persons known to form skin keloids may be more prone to scarring after any skin trauma, including laser administration to the skin. Persons with dark skin may be at increased risk of color changes (hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation) and maybe limited to black ink removal.