Dr.Avaliani operates state of the art practice which caters to many men and women. In order to continue providing quality service, the practice’s goal is to provide its clients with the latest and best technology out there. Currently, PicoSure® laser is the gold standard treatment for laser tattoo removal. It is also limited to only a few practices in New York city, with Dr.Avaliani being one of only 2 physicians who can provide quality to her clients
It’s the world’s first picosecond laser which operates with very fast, actually one billionth of a second fast speed. This speed creates pure energy generation in the form of pressure or pulsed shock wave effect on the tattoo pigments, and results is very little or no heat generation. PicoSure® groundbreaking technology is extremely efficient and has become the “Gold Standard” in laser tattoo removal. With this unique technology, average tattoo can be almost over 90% cleared in as little as 4 treatments, while the rest of the old technology lasers will result in about 50% clearance and will take as many as 20 treatments and a few years. The near absence of heat injury and damage to healthy skin, means little risk of hypopigmentation seen with the more common lasers such as Q-switched or Nd-YAG.
Tattoos are created by delivering ink particles in the deeper layers of the skin to create different artistic designs. These tattoos come in various colors and sizes and also are made with different types of ink. The recent boom in artistic expression has made getting a tattoo a regular phenomenon, when not too long ago it was still considered very taboo. The increased variation of colors and patterns generated a demand for a new laser that can target any ink color and be treated on any skin type, that’s how PicoSure® came to the market and over a very short time, became the unprecedented leader and is considered the gold standard.
Traditional lasers for tattoo removal such as Q-switched and Nd-YAG were only able to treat light skin color and only black or blue ink tattoo. The heat energy generated during the removal process also led to increased occurrence of scar formation as well as skin discoloration in the form of hypopigmentation ( lightening of the skin) or hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). Modern tattoos often contain numerous colors and types of inks and these colors can be difficult to remove with standard or traditional laser technology but not with PicoSure®
There are various methods to achieve a very comfortable laser tattoo removal experience.
Option 1 for includes topical medication, where a numbing cream is applied to the skin for about 20 minutes and it helps achieve a very comfortable experience. Dr. Avaliani only uses specially formulated numbing cream which consists of at least 4 different ingredients which works together to put the tiny nerves in the skin to sleep. This method is very common and preferred for treating very small to small size tattoos.
Option 2 includes using a specially designed air cooling system, which cools the skin very fast to allow the tiny skin nerves to relax and easy the discomfort level. This option can be used for many different tattoo sizes and depends on each individual preference.
Option 3 includes injection on numbing medication under the skin. This option is usually reserved for large tattoos and after injection you will need to wait for about 15-20 minutes for anesthesia to take effect.
Option 4 includes only the PicoSure® laser treatment. The average discomfort level rated by people getting the treatment was a 2-3 out of 10.
The best option for you will be determined and discussed at the time of your consultation as it not only depends on the size, color, but also on the location of the tattoo. Tattoo on the back is not the same as tattoo over lip or nipple.
It all depends on the size of the tattoo you wish to have removed. A small one line tattoo will take less than 5 minutes to complete, while others may take up to 30 minutes.
It is a very fast and a very comfortable procedure if you come to see Dr.Avaliani.
This is a very detailed question and it depends on several factors: size, location, color/s, age of tattoo. It may take as little as one session, but may take as many as 10. The average number of treatments needed to clear the one tattoo was between 4-6 to achieve 80-90% tattoo clearance.*
PicoSure® is FDA cleared for tattoo removal in ALL skin types ( I-VI).
The unique pico technology targets only skin with ink in it, leaving healthy skin around and therefore reducing any chance of complications such as scar formation, hypo or hyper pigmentation, especially in skin types III and above (Hispanic, Asian or Black)
It depends on individuals response and healing time. On average, it takes about 4-8 weeks for the body to clear up the tiny ink particles generated during PicoSure® treatment, but some people clear faster than 4 weeks, while others, a little longer.
Dr. Avaliani will closely follow your treatment and will make any timeline adjustments when necessary
The treated tattoo will appear slightly white or look “frosted”. It may also turn a little swollen and red. It is very important to familiarize yourself with post care instructions.
Yes, it is very common to have people again to completely remove their tattoo that brings unpleasant memories. It is very safe to do so and the chance of adverse effects is very minimal.
Absolutely, once you achieve the amount of clearance you hoped for, its recommended that you wait at least 6 -8 weeks for the skin to heal and recover before attempting to get another tattoo.
The cost of laser tattoo removal depends on several factors, including the size of tattoo and the number of treatments it will require. Dr. Avaliani offers a variety of treatment packages that will work with any budget.
*Individual results may vary