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Beauty spot: PicoSure speeds up tattoo removal process

April 22nd, 2013

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Morgan Bell about to get the first treatment toward removing an unwanted tattoo.

There's new technology available to quicken the pace of tattoo removal. InkOff.MD's W.Y. Chung, M.D. says PicoSure laser technology renders all previous lasers obsolete.

The doctor is the first to bring the FDA-approved PicoSure laser to Hawaii, one of only three centers in the nation to have the device that halves treatment time and removes difficult colors like blues and greens.

It's a godsend for those whose job prospects have been limited by the one- to two-year period it can take to remove a tattoo. With the PicoSure, Chung said most patients will see up to 75 percent of a tattoo removed in their first visit, and complete removal in three or four treatments in the course of three or four months, vs. 10 treatments over one to two years for a typical 6-square-inch bicep tattoo.

The device uses pulse duration, or pressure waves to break up the ink into smaller particles than previous lasers, with less heat, so patients feel less discomfort. The analogy given is comparing old ink size to pebbles, and new ink size to sand, which enables the body to flush it more rapidly.

The doctor gave a quick 8-minute demonstration of a patient's first treatment on April 16.


InkOff.MD is a new business unit of the Vein and Skin Center of Hawaii, at 1600 Kapiolani Blvd. #808 (the Pan Am Building). Call 949-8346.

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tattoostartBell's unwanted starfish over floral design.

tattoofrostingThe laser at work.

tattooendIn about 8 minutes, blues and greens are dramatically lightened.

3 Responses to “Beauty spot: PicoSure speeds up tattoo removal process”

  1. Eric:

    Is it safe to do the R20 Method with a Pico laser like a Q-Switched?

  2. Anthony:

    Congratulations on the progress of your laser tattoo removal treatments. We love seeing the progression.

    Chicago Laser Tattoo Removal

  3. Michelle:

    I have a very similar tattoo. I have my first picosure appt tomorrow. Could you tell me how many treatments you had to have and possibly show any pics of the progress along the way? Thanks 🙂

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