Aesthetics and Primary Care in Pennington, Princeton and West Windsor, NJ

Serenity Medical Spa

Sharon Gertzman, DO

Aesthetics and Primary Care in Pennington, Princeton and West Windsor, NJ

If your ink is something that you now hate to look at, there’s no reason you have to live with it any longer. Sharon Gertzman, DO, and her team at Serenity Medical Spa in Pennington, New Jersey, offer treatment with the state-of-the-art tattoo removal system from PicoSure® to remove that unwanted ink quickly and effectively. Use online booking, or call the office to arrange your free tattoo removal consultation today.

Tattoo Removal Q & A

What is PicoSure tattoo removal?

PicoSure is the first picosecond (a trillion pulses per second) short-pulse laser for tattoo removal. PicoSure can successfully erase ink of nearly any kind. This includes:

  • Multi-colored tattoos
  • Black tattoos
  • Previously treated tattoos
  • Faded tattoos
  • Challenging-to-remove colors like yellow and orange

The ultra-rapid pulses reduce the laser heat and cause a photomechanical effect that removes ink rapidly and effectively.

What does tattoo removal treatment feel like?

Most patients find it quite tolerable. Dr. Gertzman applies a numbing cream to the treatment area to enhance your comfort during the procedure. You may notice some slight twinges, similar to a rubber band snapping, during the treatment, but they’re quick.

How long does tattoo removal take?

It depends on the size of your tattoo, the amount of ink, and how difficult the colors are to remove. Your treatment sessions could be as short as 10 minutes.

Most patients need a series of tattoo removal sessions for optimal results. Around 4-10 total sessions are common, and your sessions occur around six to eight weeks apart.

Does tattoo removal leave scars?

PicoSure is safer than older laser tattoo removal systems because the amount of laser exposure is less overall. This means that scarring is quite rare. You may experience hypopigmentation — skin lightening where the tattoo ink was. However, this effect is usually temporary and normally resolves after your skin is fully healed.

How do I prepare for tattoo removal?

Dr. Gertzman will give you specific instructions, which usually include:

  • Avoid sun exposure for at least a couple of weeks before treatment
  • Don't use lotions, creams, or any other products around the tattoo before treatment
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing that allows access to your tattoo

You’ll also need to review your current medications with Dr. Gertzman. She may advise you to avoid blood-thinning medications before your laser tattoo removal treatment.

How do I care for my tattoo after treatment?

Dr. Gertzman will give you care instructions after your first treatment session. The guidelines typically include:

  • Clean with gentle soap and water
  • Never scrub the tattoo
  • Use antibiotic ointment
  • Don't pick your skin
  • Take only medications recommended by Dr. Gertzman

Your tattoo should heal fully before your next treatment session. You’ll notice a steady lightening with each treatment until it’s gone.

Book your tattoo removal appointment online or by phone now.