Trends come and go, and while there will always be a community for ink-lovers, it’s clear that in the not-too-distant future there’s going to be a trend towards ink-free skin. If and when this happens, Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care has you covered with lasers that can undo tattoos. Both the Alex TriVantage and Picoway technologies are fantastic options for tattoo removal depending on your skin tone and the type of tattoo.
The pandemic caused a curious surge in some markets, including tattoo shops and plastic surgery. Right now, it’s not uncommon to find popular tattoo artists booked over a year out. There are many theories behind this. Some people think we are looking for some sign of permanence after nearly two years of uncertainty. Others consider it a form of therapeutic expression after so much isolation. There’s also the fact that Americans have been putting more towards savings and paying off bills since 2020—couple that with newfound work flexibility, and it’s simply more accessible to get tattoos than ever before.
However, not all tattoos are a good idea. For those who are regretting that decision, there are options.
Choices for Tattoo Removal
Why do we have two options for tattoo removal? It’s simple: not every person, or every tattoo, is the same. Alex TriVantage treats not only tattoos but also other forms of hyperpigmentation including spots, moles, birthmarks, and freckles. Studies have shown that around half of people who get a tattoo later regret it, which is the core reason behind Alex TriVantage’s creation. It’s considered one of the safest and best options for laser pigment removal because it can target the tattoo perfectly while leaving nearby skin intact. You might see some redness and/or discoloration immediately after each treatment, but this typically subsides quickly if post-treatment care is followed.
Compared to older methods for tattoo removal, the Alex TriVantage option is relatively comfortable. In fact, although anesthetic is offered, most patients do not require it. It is most often compared to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin, similar to other types of laser skin resurfacing treatments. There is also a far reduced chance of scarring or unwanted skin texture changes compared to older technologies.
Good candidates for the Alex TriVantage are those with unwanted pigments, including tattoos, and this technology can be used on all skin tones and with all types of tattoos. However, the number of sessions needed and how effective each treatment will be depends on many factors including the tattoo’s color and age, size, shape, depth, and the condition of the skin. No matter which laser is used, smaller tattoos need fewer pulses for optimal results. Every tattoo is going to require multiple treatments and the exact number of treatments needed will be estimated during your complimentary consultation.
Picoway for Tattoo Removal
The Picoway laser is another great option for tattoo removal, and you can even combine the Picoway with the Alex TriVantage option in some cases. This laser emits light that blasts the ink into microscopic pieces that are then harmlessly absorbed and expelled by the body. Like the Alex TriVantage, this happens without nearby tissue being harmed. In many cases, clients find that there are fewer sessions needed with Picoway compared to other options (though keep in mind every tattoo removal is unique and the number of sessions always varies person to person).
The Picoway laser can treat the full tattoo ink spectrum, even traditionally stubborn hues like green, because it doesn’t emit just one light color. Black is the easiest color to treat because it absorbs all laser wavelengths, but other colors are tougher—that’s not an issue with the Picoway. This state-of-the-art system provides bursts of energy in very short durations for optimal comfort. In fact, the Picoway has the shortest pulse duration and the highest peak power by 40% compared to other lasers according to its manufacturer.
Getting Ready for Tattoo Removal
If you’re thinking about removing your tattoos, you absolutely need the best lasers and the best providers. At this medical day spa, Zuzana Likar trains staff members to the highest standards so you can rest easy knowing you’re in the best of hands. Schedule your complimentary tattoo removal consultation at Palo Alto Laser and Skin Care today by calling the office or filling out the online form.