Tattoo Removal Specialist

So Cal Body Institute

Medical Spa located in Chino, CA

Do you have a tattoo that you regret getting? You don’t have to live with it anymore; you can finally remove that unwanted ink. So Cal Body Institute in Chino, California, provides the gold standard of laser tattoo removal with PicoSure® and Q-switched Nd: YAG®. If you'd rather avoid suffering through a painful and expensive tattoo removal procedure, call So Cal Body Institute or schedule a free consultation online to learn more about these noninvasive, gentle laser technologies.

Tattoo Removal Q & A


How do PicoSure and Q-Switched lasers remove tattoos?

PicoSure and Q-Switched Nd: YAG lasers are two innovative FDA-cleared, non-invasive cosmetic laser treatments using slightly different technology to effectively reduce, or completely eliminate, the appearance of tattoos.

PicoSure’s PressureWave™ technology converts wavelengths of light into gentle waves of pressure. During your tattoo removal, these short pulses of energy break down ink particles.

Q-Switched Nd: YAG lasers remove tattoos using incredibly brief pulses of powerful light outside of the visible spectrum. This invisible light within the infrared range is delivered in short bursts lasting a few nanoseconds. It’s especially effective on black and highly colored tattoos.

Both of these laser removal techniques break up the ink into tiny, dust-like particles triggering your body’s immune system to absorb and then eliminates them. Each technique is precise; there’s no thermal damage to surrounding tissue.

The PicoSure and Q-Switched Nd: YAG treatments also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, creating smooth skin at the tattoo removal site. In fact, they can be used to remove tattoos from all areas of the body.

What are the benefits of using PicoSure or Q-Switched lasers versus other treatment options?

Before PicoSure and Q-Switched Nd: YAG, laser treatments to remove tattoos involved longer and more direct exposure to heat. This led to discomfort during treatments as well as burning and discoloration of skin at the treatment site.

The state-of-the-art technology, PicoSure and Q-Switched Nd: YAG using bursts of powerful energy to increase their performance mean that fewer treatments are needed. Additional benefits of PicoSure and Q-Switched Nd: YAG includes:

  • Less discomfort during treatments
  • Fewer treatments for optimal results
  • Better results than previous treatment options
  • Quick sessions

The possibility of scarring with PicoSure and Q-Switched Nd: YAG is also low, especially when following post-treatment care instructions.

How many treatment sessions do I need?

So Cal Body Institute offers a complimentary consultation to review your tattoo and determine the best treatment plan for its removal. Your PicoSure or Q-Switched Nd: YAG treatments depend on the several factors, including:

  • Size of tattoo
  • Age of the tattoo
  • Location and quality of the tattoo
  • Colors used in the tattoo
  • Your immune system

In most cases, when using PicoSure or Q-Switched Nd: YAG treatment, 90% ink elimination can be reached.

An average of 10-12 sessions are usually required to eliminate a tattoo, but each case is unique and may require more or fewer treatments. The frequency of treatments depends on your tattoo, the most common time frame between treatments would be 6-8 weeks.  However, variables such as skin type, saturation of ink and immune response can lead to increased spacing of treatments upwards of 24 weeks apart. 

Tattoo removal pricing is also based on the size of the tattoo. Package discounts are available when they’re purchased in advance.

What can I expect during my tattoo removal appointment?

The laser treatment itself will take 10-15 minutes. Because everyone has different sensitivities and pain thresholds, it’s hard to predict the amount of discomfort you might feel during your treatment. Most people describe the process as having a hot rubber band snapping against the skin. A Cryo chiller is also available to cool and numb your skin so you can be comfortable. This process even helps reduce swelling.

For a few days following your session, the site may be sore, red, and sensitive to the touch. A special cream that helps with the healing process is available for purchase. Crystal Brieden, PA-C, also provides a detailed guide following your appointment for your at-home care to aid healing and reduce the risk of scarring.

To learn more about PicoSure and Q-Switched laser tattoo removal, call So Cal Body Institute or schedule a free consultation online today.


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