Pico FracTAT™ Advanced Tattoo Removal
An Effective and Save Solution for Multicolor Tattoos
Nearly 30% of people in the U.S. have at least one tattoo. Almost half of all millennials have one. But not all of them are happy about their decision. As many as 25% of those with a tattoo say they regret getting it.
If you’re in that 25%, there is good news. The new Pico FracTat™ (Picosecond Fractional Tattoo Removal) technique by Fotona StarWalker can significantly diminish the appearance of your unwanted tattoo with minimal side effects.
The innovative Pico FracTat™ treatment creates micro-size holes in the skin over the tattoo area prior to the main laser procedure. This pre-treatment “priming” pass enables steam, gasses and ink particles to more easily escape through the skin during the subsequent full-beam Q-switched pass, thus avoiding the ‘frosting’ effect that can cause scaring. This also allows for a very short waiting time between multiple passes, which can reduce the typical number of treatment sessions by up to a half.
Best of Both Worlds!
Our Fotona StarWalker® combines the high energy capabilities of nanosecond lasers with the ultrashort pulse peak powers of traditional picosecond lasers.
The laser affects the tattoo with very short and strong laser pulses that penetrate deep into the skin, without injuring the top layers. These pulses are then absorbed by the pigments in the ink and as the laser light is transformed into photoacoustic waves, it mechanically breaks up the ink into smaller particles. These are then naturally absorbed by the body’s own immune system. The number of treatments depends on the size of the tattoo as well as its location, depth and color. Amateur tattoos are the easiest to remove whereas professional ones may require more treatment sessions. The tattoo will fade slowly between treatments as the body removes the remainders of the tattoo pigment.
- Enhanced generation of photoacoustic shockwaves
- Reduced frosting and pressure on surrounding tissue
- Multiple MaQX irradiations can be made during a single session
- Direct pigment removal via ablation and healing of fractionated skin
- Enhanced generation of photoacoustic shockwaves
Follow these guidelines unless your laser technician directs otherwise. While our staff of technicians are fully equipped to handle any concerns, we ask that you follow proper laser tattoo removal preparation procedures to ensure the best treatment possible:
- Wear sunscreen and/or avoid the sun
- Avoid pretreatment shaving, waxing, or exfoliating
- Avoid tanning and spray tans several weeks prior to your procedure
- Stop smoking at least six weeks before undergoing treatment to promote better healing
- Avoid taking aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory drugs, and some herbal medications that can cause increased bleeding
- Regardless of the type of treatment to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery
Following the consultation, if we determine you are a good candidate, we will proceed with treatment. Your laser technician will begin by asking a few pertinent questions about your recent health history to ensure there are no contraindications for treatment. The technician will discuss your treatment desires and at that time you can specifically let us know what tattoos you would like to treat. The treatment area will be cleansed and prepared for treatment. Your technician will talk you through the treatment to ensure you won’t experience any surprises.
While receiving laser tattoo removal, you will be required to wear protective eyewear. You may still be able to see a flash of light, but your eyes will be completely covered. The laser technicians wear protective eyewear, as well. During the treatment, all areas of the body that will not be lasered will be covered with clothing. Only the areas to receive laser treatment will be exposed. We are always mindful of your comfort and your peace of mind; we will let you know ahead of time what to expect.
The treatment can be performed in as little as 15 minutes, depending on the size of your tattoo and type of ink that was used. Most patients compare the treatment discomfort as comparable to when they got the tattoo. Following treatment you may feel a little discomfort, but generally people experience redness, mild swelling and/or tenderness in treatment area that will resolve in a quick manner. The post treatment area response will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of treatment.
The number of treatments required for optimal results depends on the size, location, depth and color of the tattoo. Treatment should be performed 4 – 8 weeks apart in order to allow the body to remove the maximum amount of tattoo pigment after each treatment.*
Each session usually takes 10 – 30 minutes. You may continue to see lightening of your tattoo after each treatment as your body disposes of more pigment. Most patients will see improvement in their tattoos and results can be quite dramatic.*
Laser tattoo removal is the safest, most effective, noninvasive method for getting rid of unwanted ink. However, great results can only be achieved through proper aftercare. Our laser promises to do its job by breaking up the ink in your skin, but it is the patient’s responsibility to make sure his/her skin receives the care it needs to heal outside of our clinic. Proper aftercare prevents infection and serious unwanted side effects from occurring. Below are general guidelines on how to care for your skin after a laser session. All patients will receive a detailed aftercare instruction sheet to take home after their treatment.
- Keep the treated area clean and dry. Lightly clean the area with soap and water, then pat to dry. Cover the treated area with a bandage and antibiotic ointment the first three days following a treatment. Change the bandage at least three times during that duration.
- Avoid any water activities that involve soaking of the treated area. This includes baths, pools, hot tubs, swimming activities, etc. Showers can be taken as long as the treated area is not directly being hit by high pressure water.
- Do not be alarmed by scabbing or blistering. These are very common side effects and are signs that your body is working to remove the ink from your skin. Allow these side effects to heal on their own. Picking or popping any scabs or blisters can lead to infection and more serious unwanted side effects like scarring. Apply an antibiotic ointment at least 24 hours after the scab or blister naturally falls off or pops on its own.
- Patients may experience temporary itchiness and swelling. Apply a cold compress or soothing ointment (Aquaphor or Vitamin E oil) to alleviate any discomfort.
- Patients may experience inflammation and slight discomfort. Tylenol may be taken, but patients should avoid taking aspirin to avoid risks of bruising or bleeding.
- Patients should avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning activities to avoid skin discoloration. Apply a sunblock of SPF 25 or higher the first three months after the treatment site has completely healed.
- Patients with stronger immune systems have experienced faster fading. Daily exercise and increased water intake will help boost the immune system and increase blood flow to the treatment site.
- Patients should contact our office immediately if unusual or more serious side effects are experienced.