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Before Treatment: Sun Protection is mandatory. We cannot treat recently sun-exposed or tanned skin. When your melanocytes (pigment producing cells) have been recently "turned on" by sun exposure, there is risk of a suboptimal result. The treatment area will be wiped clean prior to treatment. Some patients require no numbing, depending on the size and sensitivity of the area. Prescription topical numbing for smaller tattoos may be used, but this may need to be applied over an hour before treatment. Injectable numbing, lauging gas, and very cold air may also be used to optimize patient comfort.
During Treatment: Safety goggles will cover your eyes. The laser pulses feel like a heated rubber band snap, but some patients feel very little if analgesia techniques are used as described above. There may be popping noises.
Immediately After Treatment: Your skin may feel warm, and the treated area may appear whiter/lighter at first. Bruising and blisters within the treatment area are expected.
Days following treatment: Puffiness, bruising, blistering, and temporary pigment darkening are expected for a week or more after treatment. Puffiness can be minimized by: holding ice packs or cool compresses (with very dilute white vinegar kept in the fridge) on the treated areas (for no more than 10 minutes at a time), taking Tylenol (Acetaminophen)/Ibuprofen/Aspirin as directed by the bottle, and taking Bendaryl (diphenhydramine) or another anti-histamine. Do not aggressively scrub the treatnent areas as they will flake off on their own. Most of the pigment is eliminated through the bloodstream and through the immune system after being broken up by the laser, so you may not see any flake off after treatment. Aggressive scrubbing can cause scarring and undesirable side effects. Makeup may be worn after peeling is complete and as long as there are no open sores.
Months following treatment: Usually 3-6 treatments, spaced 6-8 weeks apart will achieve the optimum result. The most dramatic result and swelling occurs with the first treatment because there is more "target" for the laser to treat.
Experience the Pico Difference - Picosecond laser breaks up ink 3-5 times more effectively than Nanosecond lasers.
Comparison between nanosecond and picosecond on tissue phantom.
The ink particle "explosion" is significantly larger with picosecond technology, shown on the right. This allows for more effective treatments. #science
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