Tattoo removal: Faster and better than ever!

A youthful sin? A faded tattoo in the wrong place? A tattoo that you no longer like?

The reasons for wanting to remove a tattoo on the body are as varied as the motifs that adorn the skin of many people today, from the ankle to the neck. While removing a tattoo used to be much more painful and time-consuming than getting it pierced, there are now better ways to get rid of a tattoo.

Modern laser technology makes it possible and with a state-of-the-art PicoPlus® laser, we can gently help to get rid of an image, writing or even the name of the ex in our practice in Rapperswil-Jona on Lake Zurich.

Method

How does tattoo removal work?

At the beginning of the treatment, a treatment plan is drawn up after inspection and dermatological assessment of the tattoos to be removed.

The corresponding handpiece of the laser, which we use to remove tattoos, is guided over the inked areas of skin. The PicoPlus® laser is ultra-modern, revolutionary and achieves the best results thanks to its unique technology.

The ultra-short energy pulses of the PicoPlus® laser remove tattoos faster than all previous models, less painfully, more safely and highly effectively. The pulse width in picosecond technology is only one hundredth of that of a nanosecond laser. With the laser beams, the color pigments in the skin are no longer simply heated as before, but are broken down by photomechanical processes into tiny particles that can be broken down more easily and quickly by the body – without damaging the surrounding skin. The photomechanical effect is unique: better results with fewer treatments.

It can also be used to completely remove tattoos that could only be treated incompletely with previous laser technologies.

The number of sessions required depends, among other things, on the color and depth of the tattoo, but also on the size and location of the tattoo. At least four treatment sessions are necessary, often more. There should be four to six weeks between the individual sessions.

After tattoo removal, it is advisable to cool the skin and apply a light, moisturizing skin care product.

Get rid of the tattoos!

What do I need to consider during laser treatment?

Treatment to remove tattoos using a laser device can only be successful if the affected areas of skin are not tanned. Avoid direct sunlight for several weeks after each treatment. Treatment in the fall or winter months is therefore recommended, as is wearing clothing after treatment and – depending on the area of the body – applying a high sun protection factor.

  • Body
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Belly
  • Chest
  • Poor
  • Legs
  • Feet

Causes

Why is it difficult to remove tattoos?

Removing tattoos is difficult because the ink that is applied to the skin during tattooing is designed to be permanent. The needles of the tattoo machines penetrate deep into the dermis, the second layer of the skin, to deposit the ink. As the ink goes under the top layer of skin, it is not easy to reach. Also, there are a variety of inks and colors used in tattoos, and not all of them react the same way to the different removal techniques. Some inks contain metals or other substances that are difficult to remove, others contain color pigments that the laser barely catches.

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Which colors of tattoos are the easiest to remove?

Removing tattoos is difficult because the ink that is applied to the skin during tattooing is designed to be permanent. The needles of the tattoo machines penetrate deep into the dermis, the second layer of the skin, to deposit the ink. As the ink goes under the top layer of skin, it is not easy to reach. Also, there are a variety of inks and colors used in tattoos, and not all of them react the same way to the different removal techniques. Some inks contain metals or other substances that are difficult to remove, others contain color pigments that the laser barely catches.

When removing tattoos, certain colors can be more difficult to remove than others.

  • Dark colors:

    Black ink is usually the easiest to remove as it can effectively absorb most laser wavelengths. However, black ink may be embedded in very deep layers of the skin, making it difficult to remove.

  • Blue and green colors:

    Blue and green inks can sometimes be difficult to remove due to their chemical composition and absorption/reflection properties and very few laser types are suitable for their removal.

  • Bright and fluorescent colors:

    Bright colors such as yellow, orange, pink and bright reds as well as fluorescent inks can be difficult to remove due to their chemical composition and their lower absorption of laser light.

  • White color:

    White ink can be particularly difficult to remove as it often contains titanium dioxide, which reflects light and is less absorbed by lasers.

However, the difficulty of removal depends not only on the color alone, but also on other factors such as the depth of the ink deposit, the type of skin, the age of the tattoo and the ink used.

Since it is never documented which color, how much of it or how deep the tattoo was applied, the specific duration and frequency of the necessary treatment units until complete tattoo removal can often only be defined more precisely in the course of the procedure.

Experience

What results can be achieved with the PicoPlus® laser?

It is now possible to remove tattoos completely. At SK AESTHETICS in Rapperswil-Jona, we work with the very latest equipment, the PicoPlus® laser, which removes even difficult colors, deep tattoos and age-related faded color residues very well. Getting back their natural, color- and tattoo-free skin is a blessing for many.

Dr. Susanne Kristof
SK-AESTHETICS, Rapperswil-Jona

Advantages

of the PicoPlus® laser compared to previous systems:

  • faster
  • safe
  • Fewer sessions to remove a tattoo
  • Less pain
  • Removal of almost all colors possible
  • Removal of difficult tattoos
  • Fewer side effects such as swelling or redness
  • back to the natural skin color

Risks

What are the risks or side effects?

Treatment with a laser device to remove a tattoo can be painful – depending on the area of skin affected. The fingers are particularly painful. Body parts with a high muscle or fat content, for example, are described by our patients as less painful or not painful at all.

Removing a tattoo can cause scarring, changes in skin texture and pigment changes. Most likely if the tattoo is large or contains a lot of different colors. Rarely, but still possible, slight shadows remain after the treatment. And: In exceptional cases, slight skin blisters may occur during the course of treatment, which quickly disappear again, as well as reddening of the skin and slight swelling, which however quickly subside.

My advice

I recommend that all patients who come to me to remove one or more tattoos have an examination of the tattoo before starting treatment. In some, more difficult cases, it makes sense to carry out a laser test in order to better assess the effectiveness, duration and frequency of the removal treatment.

FAQs – Frequently asked questions

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The body reacts to the foreign material (the ink particles) with an immune response that leads to body cells trying to remove the ink. This can cause the tattoo to fade, but it will not usually disappear completely.

Prices

Tattoo removalfrom CHF 150.00

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