Tattoo Removal Options in Richmond VA
Tattoo Removal Technology Leaps Forward
Tattoo removal is a rapidly growing trend in the fields of dermatology and aesthetics. And it’s not surprising that it is: at the moment, 45 million Americans have tattoos. Richmond is the 3rd most tattooed city in the nation. With all of those tattoos, it stands that there should be some tattoo regret, and indeed there is. One in five Americans with tattoos wants at least one removed.
As tattoo removal has become more popular, tattoo removal technology has enjoyed several advancements that make the process easier. One of the most significant advancements is the development of the laser we use at Smart Laser called the PicoSure. Also used to remove scars, this revolutionary laser from CynoSure is currently the most advanced technology available for laser tattoo removal.
The PicoSure laser fires more rapidly than traditional Q-Switched lasers. In fact, it is one billion times faster than any other laser. The PicoSure fires pulses of light in bursts measured in trillionths of a second. The ultra-short pulses, combined with intense mechanical pressure, mean that larger tattoos can be removed in fewer treatments, with less time spent per session and less discomfort overall.
Tattoo removal lasers of the past used photothermal energy to destroy the pigmentation embedded beneath the skin. The thermal energy can be intensely painful and risks damaging the tissue surrounding the tattoo.
Instead of photothermal energy, Smart Laser uses photomechanical pressure wave technology. The combination of pulsing light energy with mechanical pressure breaks up even the smallest ink particles into microscopic pieces. After the pigment breaks up, it can be flushed away through natural bodily processes. There is no damage to the surrounding tissue and patients experience much less discomfort.
Works on Tough Tattoos
Smart Laser works on tattoos that patients may have previously given up on, such as large or tough tattoos that have resisted traditional removal measures. Even if these tattoos have stood up to previous treatments, Smart Laser can finish the removal process. Smart Laser even works on blue and green ink, which are notoriously stubborn.
Smart Laser in Richmond, VA, is the only physician facility in the area with PicoSure tattoo removal technology.