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Does Laser Tattoo Removal Work on Colors?

If you have colorful tattoos that you want to get rid of, you’ve probably heard the following statement more than once:

“Laser tattoo removal doesn’t actually work on colors.”

And for a few years, that was true. Earlier generations of laser tattoo removal technologies had a tough time targeting the colored pigments in tattoos, particular yellows, reds, and greens. For many people, that meant you wouldn’t necessarily see your best results unless you had a black or blue-ink tattoo.

That is, until the Picoway® Tattoo Removal Laser came along.

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How the Picoway® Laser Works to Remove Colors

The Picoway® Tattoo Removal Laser is the gold standard in laser tattoo removal precisely because it was developed to target all types of tattoo colors – including those previously hard-to-remove red, yellow, and green inks!

Here’s how it works:

  • Picoway® delivers lightning-quick pulses of heat energy to the targeted surface. Because of the fast pulses, clients don’t feel as much uncomfortable heat as with other treatments; however, the pulses also work to break down different-colored pigments more effectively than other laser tattoo technologies.
  • Once the pigment is shattered by these pulses, the body works to safely absorb the broken-up pigment. Over time and with the right number of treatments, the Picoway® Tattoo Removal Laser can lead to anywhere from 60 to 90 percent total tattoo clearance.

Consultations  Available Now

Take the first step. Get your questions answered and find out which treatment option is best for your personal situation by meeting with one of our knowledgeable medical staff at Yaletown Laser Centre for an in-person consultation.

Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced team members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

In addition to color, the results of your The Picoway® Tattoo Removal Laser treatments may also depend on:

  • Ink depth
  • Tattoo age
  • Tattoo size
  • Skin type

To that last point, laser tattoo removal tends to deliver the best results on medium-to-light skin tones, as these tones make it easier for the laser light technology to target different colored pigments within the dermal tissue.

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Tattoo Removal?

You’re a good candidate for Picoway® Tattoo Removal Laser treatments if you have an unwanted tattoo and you’re willing to commit to a regimen of sessions to get rid of it. 

The good news here is that the Picoway® Tattoo Removal Laser takes half as many sessions to get rid of a tattoo as other laser removal technologies currently available on the market!



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If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation, please fill out the form on this page and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Yaletown Laser Centre will reach out to you promptly. You can also call our Vancouver, BC office directly to schedule 604-331-1777. Yaletown Laser Centre serves the greater Vancouver, BC area.

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