Laser Tattoo Removal

A regrettable tattoo can have a significant negative impact on your self-esteem. Luckily, laser technology can be used to help remove tattoos and give you a fresh start. PicoSure® offers the unmatched versatility of all-color tattoo removal and with a high degree of safety for every patient. PicoSure® is currently the gold standard of care in tattoo reduction. Other tattoo removal lasers break the particles into “rocks” or, at best, “pebbles.” PicoSure® turns the ink particles into “sand” that can then be easily eliminated through your natural lymphatic system.

The PicoSure® laser is effective on previously treated tattoos that failed to clear when treated with older generations of laser technology.

Why Choose Mill Creek Skin & Laser?

  • Mill Creek Skin and Laser Center was the first establishment in Washington state to perform laser tattoo removal, and the team has been building their repertoire of extensive clinical experience since 2009.
  • Through his experience, Dr. Lin has learned that tattoos scar skin and trap pigments underneath, so he created a treatment protocol using a combination of lasers, including PicoSure®, to specifically target the tattoo ink and the scar individually, without harming the surrounding tissue. This method also allows for faster, more effective removal, as well as less scarring, providing a more beautiful result.
  • No two tattoos are the same. Dr. Lin has treated tattoos of all types and is the only doctor in our region to remove permanent eyebrow tattoos.

Benefits

  • Treat using the world’s fastest and most current laser tattoo removal technology – the PicoSure® Laser – combined with a second laser to boost treatment for optimal results
  • PicoSure® can treat all skin types
  • Faster results
  • Safe and effective

Procedure

We can treat tattoos of all different sizes and colors. We treat professional, amateur (homemade), traumatic, surgical, and certain cosmetic tattoos.

The treatment feels similar to getting a tattoo. The area in which you are being treated affects sensitivity. For example, fatty areas tend to be less painful than bony areas. That being said, patient comfort is one of our top priorities, which is why we use a cooling system to provide comfort and protect the surrounding skin.

Your treatment will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Most tattoos require several sessions spaced four to eight weeks apart in order to be completely removed.

Recovery and Results

After treatment, you may experience slight redness, swelling, or pinpoint bleeding in the treated area. This feels similar to a sunburn and will gradually disappear within 48 hours. A cold compress and hydrocortisone cream will improve these minor side effects. Please read the pre- and post-treatment information provided for further care instructions.

The treated tattoo will begin to fade over the next six to eight weeks as your body processes and eliminates the ink particles

It is very difficult to determine the number of treatments that may be required to remove your tattoo. Every tattoo is unique. The size, quality, type of ink used, color, location, and depth of the tattoo will all be determining factors.

Laser tattoo removal is not an overnight treatment; it can often take several treatments combined with strict adherence to proper care between sessions. Additionally, our doctor will be available to help if any complications should arise. You can learn more about this during your complimentary consultation.

The majority of patients who undergo laser tattoo removal do not develop any scarring. We take extreme precautions to prevent scarring. However, it is impossible to guarantee that no scarring will occur given the vast difference between individuals. Mill Creek Skin & Laser Center offers scar treatment as well.

The process of removing tattoos is to break the ink down into tiny particles in the quickest way so that they can be more efficiently processed and eliminated from the body. The faster clearing of tattoo ink equals fewer treatments and less risk of scarring for you.

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