The New Laser for Tattoo Removal: Picoseconds Alexandrite

With 50 percent of tattoo undergoing removal in adulthood, it is important that the best technology is provided for older tattoos.

After a recent study published in the December 2012 edition of Archives of Dermatology, the picoseconds alexandrite laser has proven to be a very successful tattoo removal tool. In the study, 75 percent of the tattooed patients had a greater than 75 percent tattoo removal after two to four sessions. After four sessions 100 percent of the patients were satisfied or extremely satisfied with their treatment.

The new FDA approved picosecond alexandrite may eliminate concern for the age, size, color variety and location of a tattoo. Certain adverse effects such as pain, swelling and blistering were recorded by the study’s patients. The picoseconds technology uses shorter pulses during each application, treating small sections of skin at a time. Dr. Rokhsar is a leading authority in the development of Fraxel laser technology, so as a cosmetic skin surgeon, he has ample experience in treating skin using fractional lasers. Because the picoseconds laser uses significantly lower energy and shorter pulse durations, there have been dramatic results in color fading, especially for some of the more resistant colors, such as purple.

Additional to its tattoo removal success, the laser can also removal benign pigmented lesions in just two treatments. In comparison to the Q-switched lasers that have been the gold-standard, the picoseconds alexandrite pulses about 100 times less. Because the laser passes over about a 3 mm area of skin at a time, the length of the treatment and number of sessions largely depends on the size of the tattoo. This effective new laser will give those with stubborn color tattoos, a chance at successful removal.

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar is a fellowship trained dermatologist and laser surgeon who is an expert in tattoo removal. His extensive training with laser treatments has set him apart from other cosmetic skin and laser surgeons, giving him a reputation for excellence. He is currently practicing in New York City and Long Island.

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