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Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure

Laser Tattoo Removal 

The majority of people with tattoos start having second thoughts once they get a bit older. Fortunately, nobody needs to live with their decision of getting a tattoo forever. Advanced laser techniques are now available to eliminate permanent tattoos safely and comfortably.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides laser tattoo removal to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding communities.

PicoWay Laser Tattoo Removal

PicoWay Laser is a giant leap forward in tattoo removal. The laser emits a light beam which shatters the tattoo ink into tiny fragments that harmlessly gets absorbed in the body. This is done without causing any damage to surrounding tissues. PicoWay laser can easily remove tattoos with less risk and in fewer treatments.

Usually, lasers emit light beams that only target one color. Doctors may require up to four different lasers for treating multicolored tattoos. With PicoWay laser a full spectrum tattoo ink can be treated, including the stubborn green ink. At any stage of the pre-op preparation process if you have any doubts or concerns, make sure to clarify with the surgeon well in time.

PicoWay Laser – Treatment, Procedure and Differences

PicoWay Laser treatment makes use of cutting-edge technology for delivering bursts of light beam over an ultra-short duration. The light beams do not heat the skin. Instead, they work to break down pigmentation beneath the skin’s surface.

PicoWay has the shortest pulse duration and highest peak power as compared to other lasers. You can get the same results faster in fewer laser treatments. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the PicoWay laser for tattoo removal. It’s also cleared for treatment of acne scars, wrinkles, and non-cancerous dark spots, such as age spots and freckles.

Based on this, this is the only dual wavelength capable laser in the world (532 nm and 1064 nm). This allows it to be used on a wide array of skin colors and types. Several different handpieces allow the PicoWay laser system to be used for transforming the skin.

How Does it Work?

The laser penetrated deep into the skin surface for targeting pigments found in tattoo ink. It leaves the outer skin layer unharmed and intact. The ultra-short, high-power energy pulse shatters tattoo ink into fine particles. The PicoWay laser is successful in getting rid of yellow, red, and orange ink.

These are among the most difficult pigments in a tattoo. The procedure is safe since PicoWay laser produces less heat as opposed to other laser. There are fewer side effects to the procedure as well.

What to Expect?

The physician before commencing with the tattoo removal procedure will use a topical numbing area on your skin. High-powered PicoWay laser, during the procedure, will deliver short energy bursts through a suitable handpiece. These energy pulses will annihilate various types and colors of pigments present in the tattoo ink.

The new fragmented tattoo ink particles will then be removed through the body’s natural processes. PicoWay is a safer and quicker approach to removing tattoos as compared to traditional lasers. This is because the process has fewer side effects.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Beverly Hills, CA, and nearby areas for laser tattoo removal procedures.

Contact Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) in Rancho Mirage, California

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit

See Dr. Q on Dr. 90210

Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Beverly Hills CA, and other Southern California areas.

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