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Frequently Asked Questions

Tattoo Removal - Frequently Asked Questions


PicoSure is the first major technologic advance in laser tattoo removal in 20 years, and here is why:

  • Much faster laser pulse vs. previous Q-switched lasers
  • Much more thorough ink particle destruction
  • Much faster removal of most tattoo inks
  • Much more effective for blues and greens
  • Will usually clear even resistant tattoos that have stopped fading in response to other lasers


How is PicoSure™ different than other tattoo removal laser systems?

PicoSure laser tattoo removal uses picosecond (trillionth of a second) laser technology that is 100 times faster than nanosecond technology. As a result, the PicoSure™ system breaks up tattoos faster than traditional lasers and requires fewer office visits. In addition, PicoSure™ is more effective on stubborn ink colors (blues and greens) and is able to treat benign pigment lesions such as brown spots.

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picosure compared to traditional lasers
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How many treatments does PicoSure™ require?

While the number of required treatments depends on the size, locations, colors, and age of the tattoo, PicoSure™ requires fewer treatments than traditional tattoo removal.


Is PicoSure™ safe?

Yes, it is FDA -approved technology. Dr. Lawrence Fortier is a board certified dermatologist with over 30 years experience in medical

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How do I know if I'm a good candidate for PicoSure™?

The best way is to schedule a free skin consultation with our office. However, here are some general guidelines:

  1. You have a tattoo with stubborn ink colors and want to ensure the best possible outcome.
  2. You have color "remnants" leftover from a previously treated tattoo.
  3. You want to remove your tattoo in as few visits as possible.
  4. You have benign pigment lesions.
  5. You are between a skin type I - IV


Is it less painful than traditional tattoo removal?

While there is some pain associated with the procedure, PicoSure™ is less painful and requires less visits than traditional laser removal. If minimizing pain is important to you, this is the way to go. We use a Zimmer cooler during the procedure which cools the skin and surrounding tissue making the process as comfortable as possible. If pain is a concern for you, we can use a topical anesthetic to numb the area further.


I have a multi-colored tattoo. Can PicoSure™ help?

Studies show that PicoSure™ is effective, even on black, green, blue, and yellow tattoos. With PicoSure™, you're assured of a better outcome in fewer visits than with conventional Q-Yag laser removal.


Any other questions specific to your tattoo removal in Hartford, please call our office today at 860-529-2500.

465 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT 06109