Laser Tattoo Removal
The popularity of getting tattoos has risen in recent years, and so has the popularity of wanting to get them removed. Tattoos are meant to be permanent, but the Cynosure® PicoSure™ aesthetic laser allows you to change your mind. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Evan Sorokin performs laser tattoo removal in New Jersey to quickly and effectively get rid of tattoos of varying sizes, colors, and intensities.
To find out more about tattoo removal, request a consultation with Dr. Sorokin or call our office in Cherry Hill at 856-797-0202.
Benefits of PicoSure™ Laser Tattoo Removal
Patients choose PicoSure™ laser tattoo removal because it is an effective way to remove a tattoo without surgery. The advanced, high-intensity PicoSure™ laser provides:
- Complete removal of most tattoos
- Fewer and quicker treatment sessions than some other lasers
- Little discomfort
- Quick recovery
- Little to no scarring
- Available for a variety of skin types
- Effective for a wide variety of ink colors, including black, blue, brown, and even green
Can the PicoSure™Treat All Tattoos?
While the Picosecond technology is in theory “color-blind” and should be able to treat all colors of tattoos, Dr. Sorokin has found the one weakness of PicoSure™ to be red colored tattoos. Thus, he has a second laser, the Medlite C6™ for red tattoos. This is a Q Switched Yag laser that while it is not as strong as the PicoSure™ for other colors, does a great job on red.
Dr. Sorokin also offers many other advanced medical spa treatments that you can learn about when you visit him for tattoo removal.
The Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure
PicoSure™ is an alexandrite laser that emits extremely short, fast pulses of light energy in a picosecond — meaning one-trillionth of a second. PicoSure’s spot size can be adjusted from narrow to wide for increased precision.
When directed at a tattoo, the laser energy harmlessly passes through the outer skin. PicoSure’s patented photomechanical PressureWave™ action essentially impacts the tattoo ink, breaking it down into even smaller particles than previous nanosecond lasers could achieve. This new technology allows the body’s natural processes to eliminate the tiny ink particles more rapidly.
After a single treatment, some people experience as much as 50% tattoo removal. Compared to our older laser, we believe that PicoSure reduces the amount of treatment sessions from as many as 15 to 20 to as few as 4 to 8. While laser tattoo removal is not pain-free, treatments typically feel similar to the original tattooing procedure. Black inks are the easiest to eliminate, but PicoSure removes even the difficult blue and green inks. After Dr. Sorokin has removed your tattoo, it is permanently erased.
The number of treatments required and the degree of pain you feel will depend on the location of the tattoo, its size, and the colors of the tattoo.
We also offer a Medlite C6™ laser which is used for certain tattoos. Due to the laws of physics certain lasers are going to have trouble with certain colors. The alexandrite laser is historically a problem for red tattoo pigment. While the PicoSure™ is better with red than older alexandrite lasers it is still not ideal for this color. Thus we use a laser based on a Q Switched Yag laser to treat red pigments to optimize destruction of ink! Dr. Sorokin will very commonly treat different portions of colorful tattoos with the different lasers we offer.
To avoid hyperpigmentation, it’s important to have laser tattoo removal when the skin is not tanned. You also will need to avoid sun exposure while the treated skin is healing.