Do you have a mark of regret? If you do, you’re not the only one; it is estimated that 20% of people regret their tattoos. That’s one in five! The tattoo may no longer have meaning for the individual. Maybe the tattoo artist did a terrible job. Whatever it may be, in retrospect, it is not unusual for a tattoo to have been a bad idea. Thanks to the marvels of modern science, you no longer have to live with your regrets.
You can have your tattoos removed at a faster rate than ever before with PicoSure’s laser treatment. At Windward Medispa in Kailua, we want you confident in your skin – and we can help you get there by providing you with a fresh, clean slate. We proudly use FDA-cleared PicoSure, the most advanced laser treatment for safe and effective removal of tattoos to help our patients remove their marks of regret. If you’re interested in learning more about his groundbreaking technology, read below for more information.
What is PicoSure?
PicoSure is the most advanced laser treatment available for safe and effective tattoo removal. As the world’s first picosecond laser for tattoo removal, PicoSure’s ultra-short wavelength pulses target unwanted ink more efficiently than ever before.
• Is FDA-Cleared.
• Works on dark and stubborn colors like blue and green.
• Clears tattoos without injury to surrounding tissue.
• Requires fewer treatments than Q-Switch Lasers.
• Effective on previously treated tattoos.
How Does It Work?
With PicoSure, ultra-short pulses (one trillionth of a second in length!) hit the ink particle with pressure so great, the ink shatters into tiny dust-like particles. Because these particles are so small, they are more readily absorbed and eliminated by the body; this can mean better clearance of the tattoo and fewer treatments overall!
How Many Treatments Will Tattoo Removal Require? Every tattoo responds differently due to a number of variables including ink colors and their chemical compositions, depth and density of ink placement, skin type and individual immune system factors. Predicting how many treatments any particular tattoo will require is an educated guess. During your consultation, we will evaluate your tattoo and recommend a realistic treatment regime to help you achieve your results.
Is Tattoo Removal with PicoSure Painful? This procedure is slightly more uncomfortable than getting a tattoo; however it is very fast. Many treatments may take less than a minute. We will work with you on the best pain management option based on your individual situation. You can discuss numbing options with an anesthetic cream during your consultation.
Can I Lighten to a Tattoo to Have Another Put on Top? Tattoos can be lightened in preparation for a cover-up tattoo. We recommend that you wait six weeks between your last treatment and when you have the new tattoo completed.
How do I Prepare for the Treatment?
Before your laser tattoo removal session, we advise all of our patients to take the following steps to ensure a safe and effective tattoo removal process.
1. Stay out of direct sunlight or tanning beds – Sun exposure decreases the effectiveness of the laser treatment and can increase the chance of post-treatment complications. Be sure to use sunblock SPF 50 containing zinc oxide to cover the target area when exposed to the sun.
2. Remove all makeup, creams or oils covering the area to be treated.
3. Shave the treatment area the day before your treatment.
Tattoos must also be completely healed before starting removal treatments. During the initial consultation, you will be advised of any additional recommendations on how to best prepare for treatment. Our staff of medical and healthcare professionals will carefully review all of the information you need to ensure a comfortable, effective procedure.
What Can I Expect During a Laser Tattoo Removal Session?
• Depending on where your tattoo is located, you’ll be laying down in a way that’s both comfortable for you and easy for our treatment providers to access.
• The laser will be administered alongside a cooling device to ensure a quick, comfortable session.
• The smaller the tattoo, the faster the session, though larger areas often only take minutes to complete.
Are There Side Effects? Blisters and scabs can be a typical response to tattoo removal. Keep the skin over it covered with a healing ointment and gauze to promote healing and prevent scarring.
About Windward Medispa We at the Windward Medispa are devoted to providing the ultimate spa experience for every guest that walks through our doors. Our atmosphere and attitude have been designed with you in mind with a focus on education and maintaining whole body wellness. We are committed to helping you achieve the beauty that radiates from within.
Dr. Sonny J.H. Wong, M.D., F.A.C.C. is the founder of The Windward Medispa, one of only a few centers on Oahu that specializes in the treatment of vein disorders. Dr. Wong has extensive clinical experience having been in practice for over 28 years. He is a board-certified cardiovascular specialist and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In addition to running his busy medical practice, he is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Hawaii’s Medical School.
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