Your skin should be memorable for its flawless tone – not for pigmentation spots or unwanted ink. The Menkes Clinic & Surgery Center brings the power of PiQo4 laser treatment to patients in the Mountain View, CA area.
What is the PiQo4 laser?
The PiQo4 laser is the most robust pigment removal and tattoo removal solution available today. Its effectiveness lies in a unique combination of pico (one trillionth of a second) and nano (a billionth of a second) energies for variable pulse duration. This advanced technology allows the removal of a wide range of tattoo ink colors, as well as natural pigmentation spots.
What are the Advantages of PiQo4 laser tattoo removal & skin pigmentation treatment?
- Four wavelengths to treat most ink colors
- 40 percent less treatments than with conventional lasers
- Improved comfort
- Reduced downtime
How Does The PiQo4 Laser Treatment Work?
Tattoos are considered permanent because ink particles are too big to be eliminated by the body’s natural healing processes. Laser treatment shatters pigments into finer particles that are harmlessly flushed by the immune system. All colors absorb and reflect specific spectra of light, so the PiQo4’s variable wavelengths are indispensable inefficient laser tattoo removal. Energy is delivered so fast that pigments are destroyed before heat is generated.
The same principle applies to skin pigmentation treatment and the removal of natural brown and red pigment. Because the PiQo4 laser targets pigments at various depths, it gently and effectively addresses freckles, sun damage, melasma, and some birthmarks.
What Happens During The Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure?
Video Demonstrations of PiQo4 Laser Tattoo Removal
Where on the body can the PiQo4 laser be used?
Laser tattoo removal can be performed just about anywhere on the body. However, studies have shown that upper body tattoos tend to lighten more quickly than those on the legs and feet. The issue is circulation. Where circulation is typically better, the body may clear pigment more efficiently. This does not mean that you shouldn’t seek treatment to remove that foot tattoo you regret. Remember, the PiQo4 is designed for deeper penetration of the 9 most common tattoo pigments, and it delivers 10 times more energy than other laser devices.
How many PiQo4 laser treatments will I need?
Several factors contribute to the number of sessions a person may need. These include the size, type, and location of the tattoo as well as the type of pigment that was used to create the tattoo. Each person is unique in this area, but all treatments are scheduled 6 to 8 weeks apart. This is necessary to give the skin sufficient time to heal properly and eliminate all affected ink particles. Patients may begin to see their tattoo lightening after their first treatment. Complete removal is often achieved in 2 to 5 sessions. In instances where “ghosting” occurs and a shadow of pigment remains, a patient may have fractional laser resurfacing to improve cosmetic appearance further.
Not all people who seek laser tattoo removal want complete removal. Some are interested in lightening an existing tattoo so their artist can do a cover up. The cover up process is easier when underlying ink is less prominent. In this case, a patient may need fewer sessions to achieve their desired outcome.
How long does a PiQo4 laser treatment last?
Laser tattoo removal appointments can vary in duration based on the size of the tattoo. We are proud to perform laser tattoo removal using the PiQo4 device because this technology is designed to remove unwanted ink in 40% fewer treatments than other laser treatments. The PiQo4 puts out 10 times more energy than its closest competitor, and it achieves deeper penetration of the skin while treating 9 of the most common tattoo pigments. The technology is made to work quickly, safely, and efficiently.
Is a PiQo4 laser treatment painful?
The general consensus about laser tattoo removal is that the process is just about as painful as getting a tattoo. As laser energy passes through the upper layers of the skin to break up pigment particles, patients may feel a snapping sensation. Depending on the location of the tattoo, this sensation may be more or less intense. Because the PiQo4 device works at picosecond speed to deliver wavelengths, the provider can make fewer passes without diminishing effectiveness. Fewer passes means better comfort.
Are There Any Risks Associated With A PiQo4 Laser Treatment?
The PiQo4 device was designed to maximize laser energy in a way that obliterates pigment more efficiently without causing harm to the skin. The platform has a fractional setting that allows us to gently remove even more challenging pigments in darker skin without harming surrounding tissue. Patients may experience temporary redness or discoloration after their PiQo4 laser tattoo removal treatment. However, as the skin heals, these side effects should subside. Patients who are prone to keloids or thick scars should let their provider know before treatment.