Faster laser tattoo removal treatment may get rid of tough tattoos – CBS News

A new form of laser treatment may give hope to people trying to get rid of painful tattoo memories.

The PicoSure is a picoseconds aesthetic laser that can administer short pulses of lasers directly into the skin in just trillionths of a second. Theoretically this means tattoos can be removed with fewer treatments and with less particles from the laser.

“By doing that you’re getting a more intense reaction. That destroys the tattoo particles.” Dr. Gary Lask, director of dermatologic surgery at UCLA, explained to CBS News.

A Harris Interactive survey revealed that 21 percent of American adults have a tattoo.

Removing tattoos are no easy process. The Food and Drug Administration regulates the laser devices used to remove tattoos. Even though there can be some success with removing tattoos, it still takes many procedures — sometimes 10 or more sessions while waiting weeks apart — and can be expensive.

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