Now latest technology is available for tattoo removal by Pico second Nd YAG lasers. Picocare 450 is US FDA cleared Pico second Nd YAG laser for tattoo removal. While Q-switched lasers are having difficulty in removing colour tattoos Picocare 450 is having dye hand piece to remove green, yellow, orange and red coloured tattoos
Factors contributing to the success of laser tattoo removal
There are a number of factors that determine how many treatments will be needed and the level of success one might experience. Age of tattoo, ink density, color and even where the tattoo is located on the body, all play an important role in how many treatments will be needed for complete removal.
US FDA approval
In 2012, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the very first picosecond laser for the treatment of unwanted tattoos and pigmented lesions. The picosecond laser is a revolutionary laser technology due to its much shortened pulse duration of just 1012 seconds. However, success with the picosecond laser is not limited to pigmentary lesions in skin of color patients. Another retrospective chart review of 56 patients with Fitzpatrick skin types VI to VI showed effectiveness in the treatment of striae and acne scarring using this same laser, but with a diffractive lens array (DLA) attachment. A recent case series reported the use of a picosecond laser in treating minocycline-induced pigmentation (MIP). MIP is a rare side effect that occurs after the long-term use of minocycline at doses above 100mg daily and often takes months or years to resolve