My third PicoSure tattoo laser removal session was more of a reunion with the staff and Dr. Neil Oropeza. It was also a reunion with the familiar surgical lights, machines, Dr. Neil’s Star Wars Lego collection you can’t miss when you’re heading towards the beauty rooms and the familiar traumatic pain of the laser machine not to mention the injections.
Getting tattoos can be quite painful but I didn’t realize that removing them is thrice the pain. Well, actually saying that it’s thrice the pain is an understatement.
I’ve mentioned in my first session that choosing topical anesthetics over injections is a bad idea. Since I can be a chronic complainer when it comes to handling pain, Dr. Neil thought of using the topical anesthetic not for the laser treatment but for the injection instead.
My goofy face, pretending everything is going to be okay and that the pain will soon go away right after the laser treatment.
Before My Third PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal
As you can see, the yellow ink is still visible after having two PicoSure sessions. The yellow ink is just too stubborn, even the red one. That’s why Dr. Neil thought of trying out RevLite for the yellow and red ones.
I got this tattoo on my back five or six years ago. This was my last tattoo and the ink was pretty thick so I’m not surprised that it took two sessions (and maybe two more) for the ink to fade away.
The blue ink is still visible. Aside from yellow and red, blue can also be a difficult color to remove though not as difficult as the two colors mentioned.
After PicoSure Removal Results
Yellow ink is still visible, even the red ones.
PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Before and After Photos
Why Choose PicoSure Over RevLite
RevLite is using heat energy to remove tattoos (like other traditional laser treatments) and we all know that heat can do some damage on the skin. PicoSure breaks down ink pigments making it easier for the tattoos to fade away. It only uses shockwave effect. Since the light pulses are only a trillionth of a second long, it causes less damage and zero skin scars during the laser treatment.
Using RevLite laser treatment means more sessions, thus, suffering more. You can achieve better results with the Picosure laser for only a few sessions.
RevLite may work wonders in any ink color (though it doesn’t work well with black ink). PicoSure works best with black, green and blue while it struggles to remove orange, yellow and red ink colors.
I’ve talked to some people who had their tattoos removed and shared our thoughts about tattoo laser removal. I learned about their opinions about RevLite Q-Switched Laser Treatment based on their personal experiences. Here are some things I’ve learned from them:
Most patients are not satisfied with RevLite Q-Switched Laser Treatment. ( Q-Switched laser treatment is allegedly an ideal method to remove spots, freckles, and tattoos) One patient shared she’s already on her third session but the tattoos are still very visible.
It takes almost eight to ten RevLite sessions to achieve the results you get when you’re on your first Picosure laser session.
The age, color and the kind of tattoo ink used are major factors why removing tattoos can take up to five or six sessions.
There are a couple reasons why your tattoos and your removal session didn’t work out. It could be the laser machines or how well your skin handles the treatment. Having tattoos used to be a lifetime commitment. Thanks to technology for giving us the best options.
My first PicoSure laser tattoo removal experience was the biggest struggle in my life. My second was tolerable, thanks to the genius who discovered anesthesia. The tattoo removal cost is high yet worth it. Here are my before and after photos, they are unfiltered to clearly view my laser tattoo removal results.
Redness of the treated area is common. Pain level is 7/10
Slowly healing; first time to experience itchiness
After a month
(Please ignore the white spots because I had it tattooed using white ink.)
First Session VS Second Session
The second session is obviously a big improvement – the green ink is almost invisible. And yes, no scars.
Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results
Blisters are expected, as what I mentioned in my previous blog post
I probably had an infection because I stayed in a hot and humid place for a week so the treated area became really dry. It was too itchy so I was tempted to continuously scratch it until it became red. I was supposed to use the aftercare cream for two weeks more or until the areas are completely healed but I only applied the cream for a week.
Tip: Never look for cheaper alternatives, always use the cream given by your doctor
After a month
The result in my first session was better than the second one perhaps because of the infection.
Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results
Healed the fastest; the blisters only lasted for a day
After a month
Another session might completely make the blue ink visible. As what I’ve noticed blue and green inks are easy to treat.
Overall Comparison of Laser Tattoo Removal Results
Basic Things To Know About PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal
Cream vs Injection
To start with, if you’re planning to get your tattoo removed, always choose the anesthesia via injection. It works like magic. My comment on using numb creams: It’s like having that part of your tattoo session when the artist starts deeply shading your tattoo. But it’s more painful and less tolerable.
The Color of Your Tattoo Ink Matters
Yes, if your tattoo was done by a professional. The most difficult colors to treat are red and yellow. Based on my experience, the green and black ones are the best colors for PicoSure treatment.
As you can see below the picture, the red lips of the woman are still visible. Even her orange hair and yellow colored eyes. Please ignore the white spots because I had it tattooed using white ink. What a desperate move to remove tattoos laserless.
Not 100% Pain-Free
Another brilliant idea that my doctor shared with me is that you can request for an anesthesia via injection without being scared of needles by applying numb cream first before the injection.
Shaving is Everything
One of my regrets during my first PicoBlast session was I didn’t shave. I had anesthesia alright but it was a bit painful each time the light hits the hair on my skin. So if you’re going to have the laser tattoo removal on some hairy parts of your body then start shaving.
Treasure Your First 15-20 Minutes Feeling Invincible
Your first fifteen to twenty minutes during your laser tattoo removal session could be one of the best times of your life. After those triumphant moments, suffer the stinging pain that will last for a day or two.
Q and A About Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal
Here are some of the questions (I’m not really good at Q & As but will try to give relevant answers) some curious readers asked me about PicoSure:
Why should I choose PicoSure over RevLite?
I’ve never tried RevLite treatment and never seen its before and after photos. However, based on my doctor’s experience he admitted that one PicoSure session is equivalent to almost ten to fifteen sessions of RevLite. RevLite costs almost 8500php per session. If you’re smart enough, you can figure it out.
“PicoSure both heats and fractures the ink so that’s why it’s more efficient.”
How painful is PicoSure?
If you’re using the PicoSure machine only to treat acne scars then it’s not painful. Tattoo removal procedures are painful. But you can have anesthesia via injection so it’s pain-free. You can only feel the stinging pain after the anesthesia wears off.
What will my skin look like right after the treatment? Should I expect scars?
Expect your skin to be a bit swollen. Also, expect blisters. I didn’t experience any scars in my first session so I think you’ll be alright.
How long does it take for my skin to completely heal?
It depends on how you care for your treated skin. Mine started healing after two to three weeks. Don’t forget to use the cream prescribed by your doctor.
Does the age of my tattoo matters?
I think it does. The older the tattoo, the better. It’s not just the age but also the quality of the ink, how deep the ink is placed and if it’s done professionally.
I didn’t include some other questions because they’re too scientific and I’m afraid I don’t have the knowledge to answer them. My advice is to go to the doctor who can perform your PicoSure treatment so he or she can do the assessment himself/ herself.
If you’re too worried about the pain, you should start worrying about the needle injection and not the whole session itself. You have anesthesia so why worry?
If you’re interested and want to know more about PicoSure and tattoo removal cost, you better check some clinics that offer tattoo removal near you or if you’re living in Davao City you may contact:
Dr. Neil Oropeza
Address: 64, Rizal Extension, Dermhaus Clinic, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur
If getting a tattoo for the first time makes you want to punch the person next to you, then getting a tattoo removal is a bloodbath. I didn’t feel something when I had my spinal anesthesia, it was a piece of cake. I had almost five trials before the anesthesiologist hit the right spot (it was my fault anyway). The after effect of the laser removal was worse than a heartbreak. It felt as though I was being skinned alive.
It took me months before finally deciding to undergo a tattoo laser removal. Honestly, I don’t have any regrets about my tattoos. I’ve had my tattoos for years and grew accustomed to them. But as you grow older, you have to adjust to the demands of your society and prioritize your career plans. And my career plan includes applying for a job that requires me to be tattoo-free.
Last year, I was curious about a pain-free laser tattoo removal cream that targets pigmented blood cells. It claims to be painless and cheaper as compared to the total cost of tattoo removal in some derm clinics. The problem with tattoo removal creams is that it’s quite a challenge to determine which one is really effective and won’t damage your skin.
When I first visited Oroderm in Gaisano South, they suggested Rev Lite laser treatment. They didn’t have PicoSure treatment in that branch and Rev Lite was the best option. I had a consultation and was told that I might have to undergo ten sessions for my tattoos to be completely invisible. The tattoo removal cost using Rev Lite treatment is 8000php per session with a 1-month interval. It is economical as compared to Picosure.
PicoSure was introduced last year. As stated on its website, “it delivers ultra-short pulses of energy to shatter tattoo ink and skin spots resulting in greater clearance faster, in fewer treatments with improved recovery time.” It’s popular because it’s not just for removing tattoos but basically removing acne scars. Using organic oils may remove dark spots but it takes a lot of time and patience. Some people are actually using potatoes to treat skin pigmentation but I’m not sure if it’s truly effective. So if you’re interested to know how to lighten dark nipples and how to get rid of pigmentation and dark spots right away, then PicoSure is your best choice.
The Belo Medical Group gained the highest number of patients who underwent Picosure laser treatment. I didn’t choose to have my tattoo removal laser at Belo Medical Group because I was afraid of the extra charges. Instead, I went to Oroderm and was welcomed by Dr. Niel Oropeza.
My PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Experience ( First Session )
Choosing Your Type of Anesthesia
I was given two options: applying numbing cream or injecting a local anesthetic. I chose an anesthetic cream and until now I still blame myself for not doing my research properly. Unfortunately, the cream didn’t completely numb my tattooed skin. Until now, it’s still on top of my list as one of the things I wish I knew before I got my laser tattoo removal.
The assistants applied cream and wrapped the tattooed area with plastic or Saran wrap an hour before the procedure. This is necessary since the heat will help activate the cream.
I decided to have the local anesthesia injection for my last laser tattoo removal. The doctor needed to inject almost thirty shots for this area. The shots were a bit painful yet tolerable. It was very effective in making the whole procedure pain-free, making me regret why I chose the cream during the first three procedures.
The Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure
Here’s a video of the PicoSure laser tattoo procedure
Laser and chilled air
Swelling after the laser treatment; pain level: 10/10
So how painful is laser tattoo removal? Almost ten to twenty minutes after the laser treatment, the throbbing pain seemed unbearable. I took pain relievers and applied cream before wrapping them with plastic. I went to a gig and drank alcohol after my laser tattoo removal. I felt fantastic. Believe me, the alcohol was a big help although I knew aspirin with alcohol was a major no-no.
What To Expect After The Laser Removal Treatment:
Expect swelling minutes after the laser treatment. By this time, the anesthesia wears off and the treated area becomes extremely painful that you don’t even want to touch it.
Redness on the tattooed area
The treated area becomes red and swollen, which is pretty normal after the laser treatment. It would feel as though you were skinned alive. As what I’ve noticed, the redness is noticeable on hard-to-treat parts.
Minutes after the anesthesia wears off, you will experience swelling, redness and throbbing pain all at once. If you don’t have a high pain tolerance, you can take pain relievers right away.
After 4 Days:
I got scared when I saw blisters all over the treated areas. I thought something terrible happened like an infection or something. Then I remember that during the consultation, the doctor told me that I may or may not have blisters after the treatment. The blisters could go on for almost two weeks. But rest assured that with Picosure, you won’t get suffer from scars.
Day 2: The trick is to never touch the area; the blisters are normal
PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Results ( Before and After Photos )
(The colors are not as bright as before)
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Why I love PicoSure
Though it’s not economical, the result is worth it.
The blisters are temporary; after three or four weeks they’re completely gone
PicoSure’s results are faster than RevLite’s. Many doctors claim that a PicoSure session is equivalent to ten Revlite sessions
PicoSure is safer since laser pulses were shortened to within a trillionth of a second
Although you cannot deny the fact that undergoing a Picosure laser treatment is a bit expensive (considering the fact that I only paid 36000php per session including the cream that I had to use right after the procedure), the results are satisfactory. If you’re living in Davao, I recommend Oroderm and look for Dr. Neil Oropeza. He’s very professional and is very transparent about the charges. He can explain and provide specific details that you need to know about PicoSure.
Dr. Neil Oropeza
Address: 64, Rizal Extension, Oroderm Clinic, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur
Having your tattoos removed might break your heart. It broke mine. My first PicoSure laser tattoo removal experience was painful yet refreshing. It felt as though I’ve survived long backpack trails, going to the bathroom without your favorite book, or BOREDOM. May I live forever.
I already finished my third Picosure session. You can view my laser removal before and after photos and compare the results here.