Tattoo removal via laser in Paris 7e

Tattoo removal via laser

Tattoo removal via laser in Paris 7e

Aesthetic medicine

Laser tattoo removal: an ever-increasing demand for consultation

Getting a tattoo is becoming increasingly popular. As a result, the demand for tattoo removal is rising sharply. We, as laser practitioners, have observed this growing demand from patients wishing to remove a tattoo by laser.

Pigment lasers (which target and destroy color) have been used for many years to remove tattoos.

Dr. Emmanuel Molinari

Medical and aesthetic dermatology in Paris 7e

Tattoo removal lasers: Q-switched and Picosure

There are two types of laser for tattoo removal, both used by dermatologist Dr. Molinari:

  • The Q-Switched Laser: This is the most widely used device. In use for over 20 years, this laser requires numerous treatment sessions to achieve effective tattoo removal. Each session is spaced at least two months apart to give the skin time to heal.
  • Picosure Laser: This is a much more recent technology (2014). Few doctors currently have this laser, which provides patients with a high level of comfort during their tattoo removal session. More powerful, the number of sessions with the Picosure laser is reduced. The interval between tattoo removal sessions is just one month. The Picosure laser thus generally halves the time needed to remove a tattoo.

Tattoo removal

Cosmetic dermatologist in Paris 7e

The time it takes to remove a tattoo with a laser depends on a number of parameters, but also on the laser used.

  • Laser Q-Switched: the average treatment time for a professional tattoo is two years. Blue, green, turquoise, yellow or white tattoos are not removed with this machine, nor are very dense tattoos.
  • Picosure Laser: treatment time averages 6 months for a professional tattoo. Only the Picosure laser can remove blue, green, turquoise, yellow or white tattoos, as well as most very dense tattoos.

The consultation required with Dr Molinari before any laser session will allow him to assess the number of sessions required after clinical examination of the area to be detattooed.

Depending on the size of the tattoo, the session lasts from a few seconds to around twenty minutes. Laser tattoo removal can be painful, whether performed with the Q-Switched laser or the Picosure laser. The use of an anesthetic cream is recommended.

In the days that follow, daily dressings are required on the newly untattooed areas for an average of two weeks.

    • Risk of white scars (phantom tattooing),
    • Risk of treatment failure: pigmented areas may persist after each session.


    It should be noted that these side effects are generally less frequent with the Picosure laser, which offers greater safety.

    Regardless of the type of the chosen laser, it is usually very difficult to predict in advance the number of sessions required (i.e. the time it will take and the overall cost), as well as the quality of the result.

    The picosure laser, however, is faster and less tedious.

Laser tattoo removal is a safe and relatively effective treatment today with the arrival of Picolaser from Cynosure.

Examples of results after Picosure laser and Qswitched laser tattoo removal sessions.

Here are the most important things to remember

before your laser tattoo removal session.

Here are the main things to remember before your session:

The area to be treated should not have been exposed to the sun for at least one month.
Stop taking any photosensitizing medication at least 5 days before the session.
1 to 2 hours before the session, apply anaesthetic cream and wrap the tattoo in plastic thread.
Come to the laser center with all the products needed for the dressing.
Here are the most important things to remember

before your laser tattoo removal session.

Pain usually lasts no more than a few hours. In some cases, it may last 2 or 3 days.

Scabs and blisters are usually observed. Dressings should be continued on a daily basis until healing is complete.
There may be some edema. This may persist for up to 5 days.
Sun exposure is possible one month after the treatment.
Wait at least one month between appointments.