- Tattoos are either administered to the epidermis of the skin (temporary tattoos), or the dermis (permanent tattoos). Another tattoo that typically exists in the dermis is known as traumatic tattoos, but these are a bit different from the other two as they are not intentional. If a substance such as sand, asphalt, or even graphene gets stuck in the skin as it heals over, and creates a lesion that appears black or blue.
- Permanent tattoos also do stain the upper epidermis, but this staining as well as temporary tattoos are just that, temporary. The epidermis’ dead cells are always shedding and being restored, so a temporary tattoo and any ink in the epidermis from a permanent tattoo will be gone after 1-2 weeks. The dermis, however, does not do this, so the ink from a permanent tattoo is stuck there. This ink penetrating the dermis provokes an immune response, and macrophages, cells that protect the body by ingesting pathogens, ingest the ink particles. Over time, the ink will be broken down, causing the tattoo to fade, but most macrophages will get stuck, since the particles are too large to ingest. It is the ink stuck in these macrophages that creates the ‘permanent’ tattoo.
What is it?
- Upon PicoSure laser impact tattoo ink is fragmented into smaller particles. Some tattoo ink may be stored in the regional lymph nodes, some ink is cleared and excreted through the lymphatic system or through transdermal transport over the course of 4-8 weeks.
What are the benefits?
- Natural-looking and long-lasting results
- Works on recalcitrant tattoo
- Works on all skin types
Are there any risks?
Redness and sensitive skin for a couple hours after treatment
How long does the treatment take?
Treatment only takes 10-15 minutes. Results become clear a few weeks after treatment.
What is the downtime after treatment?
There is no downtime, so you can walk out of our office and get on with your day!