Our Superior Technology

realself-top100-doctor-2015Our tattoo removal lasers are FDA-cleared picosecond lasers with four wavelengths (1064nm, 532nm, 650nm, and 585nm), the PiQo4™ also offers the highest power and largest spot size. Studies show the system targets the 9 most-common tattoo inks and can also be used for age spots, melasma, and other conditions. The PiQo4 system is capable of treating more tattoo inks than any other picosecond laser and users of the previous version already report results with 40% fewer treatments. The PiQo4 has triple the peak power and significantly shorter pulses so investigators anticipate even better results. The system treats all tattoo colors, traumatic tattoos, and amateur tattoos and pigmented lesions.

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Unlike traditional Q-switched lasers which break pigment into pebble-like granules, PressureWave shatters the ink and brown spots into tiny dust-like particles which are more easily eliminated by the body. This results in clearer skin in fewer treatments with improved recovery.

What type of tattoos can be removed with our lasers?
PiQo4 laser can remove ALL colors of ink except white & flesh. We remove 96% of ink effectively and safely. Difficult ink colors, such as blue and green, and previously treated tattoos can effectively be removed with our lasers.

How many treatments will tattoo removal require?
With our lasers, you will see greater results in fewer treatments. On average, our patients notice removal between 4-6 sessions. During the free consultation, a patient coordinator will evaluate your tattoo and recommend a realistic treatment regime to help you achieve the best results.

How often will I need treatments?
Typically it takes about 6-8 weeks or longer for the body to start breaking down the ink and even though the tattoo may appear healed, it is not. Getting treated sooner than that will not remove the tattoo any quicker and can also put you at risk for scarring.

Will I see results after the first treatment?
Every patient and tattoo responds differently. Some patients see improved clearance after the first treatment, while others may take a few treatments to see results. On average, our patients notice complete removal between 4-6 sessions. Following the recommended post treatment protocol will likely improve the results and reduce the chance of adverse events.

What are the limitations after treatment?
We recommend that patients limit their physical activity for the first 24-48 hours to avoid irritation or harm to the treated area and keep the treated area covered until completely healed. After that, patients can go about their days normally, however sun exposure should be limited until the treatment area is completely healed.

Can I have only a portion of my tattoo removed?
Yes, our lasers delivers energy so precisely that even the smallest areas of a tattoo can be removed without affecting the surrounding tattoo.

I have had 15-20 treatments on my tattoo and it is still there. Can the PiQo4 remove the remaining ink?
Unlike traditional lasers, PiQo4 is great at removing previously treated tattoos. PiQo4 can even remove recalcitrant tattoos (tattoos previously treated more than 10 times).

Will I experience any complications from tattoo removal with PiQo4?
There have been no adverse events reported from PiQo4 treatments. In fact, with our newest PiQo4 laser, complications are minimized. It is important to take care of your tattoo and be compliant with aftercare instructions provided by your practitioner to avoid any unexpected issues.

How much does tattoo removal cost?
Prices start at $75 per session however, the cost of laser tattoo removal depends on several factors, including the size of tattoo and the number of treatments it will require. After your consultation, the patient coordinator will provide you a price estimate for the treatment series.

Can I lighten the tattoo to have another one put on top?
Tattoos can be lightened in preparation for a cover-up tattoo. Dr. Ritacca often finishes the removal of tattoos that other enters have struggled to remove.

Does tattoo removal hurt?
Because of the PiQo4 technology, Dr. Ritacca is able to remove the tattoo with less pain than other older lasers competitors own. Patients can request numbing cream and injectable numbing.

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