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Reasons may abound as to why you may be having second thoughts about some of the body art you are currently sporting. Perhaps you got the tattoo in your younger years, and it no longer fits with your current personality or lifestyle. Maybe you have a visible tat that is creating issues on your job hunt. In some cases, the original tattoo may not have been what you expected, and you want to bid goodbye to the bad ink so that you can say hello to a new design. No matter what reason you might have for considering tattoo removal, Dermacare Laser and Skin Care Clinics has a possible solution for you. The Pico laser is the most innovative device for tattoo removal on the market today.

The advanced Pico laser tattoo removal eliminates the need for painful, ineffective treatments that often require as many as 30 sessions to remove unwanted body ink entirely. Patients no longer must endure lengthy, uncomfortable recovery periods after their procedures either. The Pico technology allows for quicker, more comfortable treatments in fewer sessions, with shorter recovery times than traditional lasers and other methods of tattoo removal.

How Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

Laser tattoo removal works in a very different fashion to other methods of tat removal like surgical excision and “sanding” the tattoo away. This technology works with your body’s processes to eliminate the ink in the tattoo safely and naturally over time. The results are more thorough than other removal methods, and the residual effects of the removal process can be minimized for a more comfortable, positive experience overall.

Laser tattoo removal uses concentrated beams of light energy to target the pigment in the tattoo ink. Ink shades will respond to different light wavelengths, which is why some devices offer multiple wavelength options to ensure full elimination of as much of the tattoo as possible. When the laser beam connects with the pigment particles, it shatters them so that they can be removed from the body by the immune system in the days and weeks following treatment. The process is performed in a series of sessions, with each session producing gradual improvement until the tattoo becomes nearly undetectable and easy to hide with makeup when necessary.

Benefits of the Pico Laser

The Pico laser is considered the next generation of devices used for tattoo removal and other cosmetic enhancements. This laser has the distinct advantage of sending rapid-fire pulses of energy into the ink pigments to shatter them more effectively.

Pico technology has been approved by the FDA for removal of body ink, giving patients peace-of-mind in knowing these devices have been thoroughly tested for safety and efficacy.

The benefits of this laser device are numerous:

  • Destroys ink without damaging surrounding skin and tissue
  • Less pain during and after the procedure
  • Fewer sessions required to achieve desired results
  • Works on even the more stubborn ink colors
  • May eliminate tats that could not be removed using other devices

How is laser tattoo removal performed?

Before we perform your laser tattoo removal treatment at Dermacare Laser and Skin Care Clinics, we will administer a topical numbing cream to the treatment area to minimize your discomfort during the procedure. A handheld applicator is placed on the skin, which delivers the high-powered laser pulses directly into the ink. Some patients liken the experience to a rubber band snapping against the skin’s surface as the laser energy is applied.

Treatment sessions may only last about 15 minutes, depending on the size of the tat you want to have removed. After the procedure, you will be able to return to your daily routine right away. The treatment area may look slightly frosted immediately following the application of the laser energy. However, the site will require about a week to heal, as redness and tenderness are common and crusting typically appears within a few days after treatment. Once side effects of the procedure subside, you should notice that your tattoo appears less noticeable with each session.

What are the risks associated with laser tattoo removal?

When performed by a provider experienced in using the Pico technology, risks associated with the treatment are relatively rare and most are short-lived. Some of those risks include:

  • Blistering and swelling of the skin
  • Tenderness in the treatment area
  • Hyperpigmentation or “ghosting” (lightening of the treated area)
  • Scarring

Dr. Birchall will discuss the risks and benefits of Pico laser tattoo removal with you prior to your treatment session. He will also evaluate your concerns and desired results carefully before treating you to ensure the Pico technology is likely to meet your expectations.

How soon will I see results?

The average tattoo treated with the Pico laser will see optimal fading after three to five treatments, spaced six to eight weeks apart. However, results can vary depending on many factors, including the size, ink colors and age of the tattoo you wish to remove. Dr. Birchall and his staff will evaluate your tattoo at your initial consultation at our San Diego facilities.

What is the cost of Picosure treatments?

Pico laser tattoo removal at Dermacare Laser and Skin Care Clinics starts at $90 per square inch needing treatment. Our team offers complimentary consultations, allowing us to provide our patients with a more accurate price quote based on their unique tattoo removal needs. Insurance does not cover the cost of tattoo removal since it is performed for purely cosmetic reasons in nearly all cases.


As the popularity of tattoos has risen in recent years, incidences of tattoo regret have also increased. If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of individuals rethinking your decision to get body art today, a solution is available. Contact Dermacare Laser and Skin Care Clinics today in Rancho Bernardo at 858-487-3376 or in Carlsbad at 760-448-8100. We will be happy to set you up for a consultation with Dr. Birchall at either of our offices to find out Pico laser tattoo removal is the right treatment option for you.