What once seemed like a good idea can suddenly feel like a curse. That cute little tattoo of a heart on your foot, or the butterfly on your lower back, may no longer represent the professional, mature adult that you have become. Tattoo removal can sound promising, but the long and painful process is still intimidating for many. Now patients in Napa Valley have a brand new, safe, and highly effective option for tattoo removal at Plastic Surgery Associates.
Tattoo Removal at Plastic Surgery Associates:
Dr. Heather Furnas and Dr. Francisco Canales are excited to bring the PicoWay tattoo removal treatment to Plastic Surgery Associates. PicoWay is unlike traditional tattoo removal systems, which often resulted in a semi-effective ink breakdown. Using the latest in laser technology, PicoWay gently delivers intense, precise energy to the tattoo ink, shattering it into tiny, dust-like particles. These pieces are then naturally washed away and removed by the body. Most any tattoo can be successfully removed using the PicoWay, even those with blue or green ink, or those that were resistant to previous removal attempts.
The Ideal Candidate for Tattoo Removal:
The best candidate for the PicoWay tattoo removal procedure, at Plastic Surgery Associates, will be someone who fully understands the treatment process and is committed to the recovery requirements. Ideally, patients will be over 18 years old and in overall good health. It is important that anyone interested in tattoo removal have realistic expectations for their results. Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales will schedule a patient consultation prior to beginning treatment.
The Tattoo Removal Consultation at Plastic Surgery Associates:
Plastic Surgery Associates offers a complimentary in-person or online consultation for anyone considering tattoo removal at our Santa Rosa office. At this time, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will take a few minutes to get to know the patient’s aesthetic desires. A skin and tattoo assessment will be performed, and a brief medical history will be taken. Finally, the PicoWay tattoo removal system will be explained in detail, including the benefits and potential complications. If it is determined that tattoo removal is right for the individual patient, a detailed treatment plan will be created; the exact cost of the procedure will be established at this time, as well.
The Tattoo Removal Procedure:
Each tattoo removal session will be performed in a private, comfortable treatment room at Plastic Surgery Associates. During the session, the provider will swiftly and steadily pass the handheld PicoWay laser across the targeted tattoo. Most procedures will last only a few minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. While the tattoo removal process is not considered painful, there may be some discomfort. Patients can request a topical anesthetic prior to their treatment.
Depending on the tattoo, more than one treatment is normally required. The PicoWay laser is able to remove all colors of tattoo ink faster than more traditional lasers, however most people will need between three and six sessions for optimal results.
Recovering from Tattoo Removal:
The recovery from a tattoo removal treatment at Plastic Surgery Associates will take only a few days. During the initial 24-48 hours, patients should refrain from vigorous exercise or activity, so as not to irritate the treatment area. Patients should wear loose clothing for a few days to prevent unwanted rubbing. Excessive sun exposure should be avoided, as this could cause discoloration of the treatment area. Mild blistering at the treatment site is not uncommon. If this does occur, blisters should be left to dissolve on their own.
The time has come to get rid of that unwanted tattoo, once and for all.
If you are uncomfortable or unhappy with an unwanted tattoo, schedule a consultation at Plastic Surgery Associates. Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales have been serving the Napa Valley area for more than 20 years. They have unmatched experience in both cosmetic and surgical procedures for the face, neck, and body. Contact our Santa Rosa office at 707.537.2111 for more information on the exceptional results that come with the cutting-edge PicoWay tattoo removal technology.
Tattoo Removal At a Glance:
|Purpose:||To remove black or colored ink tattoos from any area of the body.|
|Procedure:||A session will take only a few minutes in a private treatment room. Mild discomfort may be experienced during treatment, although a topical anesthetic may be requested.|
|Recovery:||Limited strenuous activity for the first 24-48 hours; avoid sun exposure to treatment area until completely healed.|
|Results:||Smooth, even toned skin without a trace of tattoo ink remaining.|
|Related Procedures:||Microdermabrasion, IPL Photofacial, Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing|
Tattoo Removal FAQ:
What is PicoWay tattoo removal?
Plastic Surgery Associates brings patients PicoWay, the latest in laser technology for safe and efficient tattoo removal. PicoWay utilizes ultra short pulses of energy to effectively break down tattoo pigments, allowing them to be removed by the body.
How many treatments does the PicoWay tattoo removal require?
PicoWay allows for faster results that the more traditional methods of tattoo removal. On average, depending on the individual tattoo, between three and six sessions are normally required.
How frequently will I need to come for repeat tattoo removal sessions?
Dr. Furnas and Dr. Canales suggest waiting at least six weeks between tattoo removal sessions. This gives the body time to break down and remove ink; coming in sooner will not speed up the process.
Can Plastic Surgery Associates assist with a tattoo that was previously unsuccessfully treated?
Yes, tattoos that were treated previously, with little success, can be removed with the PicoWay technology. The innovative laser can erase tattoos with any color ink, even hard to treat blue/green.
What can I expect after my tattoo removal at Plastic Surgery Associates?
Physical activity should be limited for the first 24-28 hours after a tattoo removal session. This is to protect the treatment area from irritation. Sun exposure should be avoided until the treatment area has completely healed.