Tattoo Removal Specialist

Kaiulani Morimoto, MD

Plastic Surgeon located in Spokane Valley, WA

Sometimes a tattoo that felt right in the moment no longer suits you. Dr. Morimoto offers PicoSure tattoo removal for patients in Spokane Valley, Washington and the surrounding areas.

Tattoo Removal Q & A

by Kaiulani Morimoto, MD

How does PicoSure remove tattoos?

PicoSure uses an ultra-short pulse of energy that goes beyond the photothermal action of a traditional laser and creates an intense photomechanical effect that shatters the target ink into tiny particles that are easily eliminated by the body. PicoSure treatments can be performed more frequently, and tattoos are often cleared in a fraction of the time compared to other lasers.

How many treatments are needed?

When a tattoo is placed, the ink is deposited deep beneath the dermis of the skin. To reach all the ink in the skin, multiple treatment sessions are needed. The total number of treatments will depend on the depth and the color of the ink used as well as the size of the tattoo. After the first session with PicoSure, the smallest parts of the ink particles will be broken down. Subsequent treatments will eliminate the remaining particles from the body. In many cases, the tattoo will be completely removed. PicoSure can remove even dark colors without difficulty.

What is the procedure like?

Patients have said the procedure feels like a slapping against the skin. Topical or local anesthetics can be used to minimize discomfort. There may be some redness and swelling immediately following the treatment but these side effects are usually temporary and will subside within hours. There is no downtime for the procedure and patients can return to regular activities quickly following the treatment.

To schedule a consultation, please contact us by calling, or stop by the office today to find out how PicoSure can help you with tattoo removal.