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PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal in Toronto

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Before & After Pictures

$199-$1,299 per treatment
Procedure Time
5-45 minutes
Recovery Time
7 days

How Much Does PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Cost?

PicoSure laser tattoo removal can cost $199-$1,299 per treatment and $549-$3,399 for a three-treatment package, depending upon the size of your tattoo.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From PicoSure Laser Treatment?

It takes 7 days to fully recover after each PicoSure laser treatment. Patients typically require 6-9 treatments for best results.

How Long Does PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Take?

The procedure takes approximately 5-45 minutes, depending upon the size of your tattoo.

What Is PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal?

During PicoSure laser treatment, the cosmetic surgeon or SpaMedica laser nurse uses a picosecond laser. The ultra-short pulse duration shatters the tattoo’s pigments using a photoacoustic sound wave, rather than through heat, regardless of the colour. PicoSure tattoo removal generally requires half as many treatments as the other laser options offered.

Who Is a PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Candidate?

PicoSure laser treatment candidates are in generally good health and do not have lupus, uncontrolled diabetes, or scleroderma. Ideal candidates:

  • Have light, medium, or darker skin tones.
  • Are unhappy with the appearance of their tattoos.
  • Have realistic expectations of the outcome.

If you are not a good candidate for PicoSure tattoo removal, review non-surgical treatments available at SpaMedica.

4 Benefits of PicoSure Tattoo Removal Treatment

Highly Effective
PicoSure laser tattoo removal offers 85-100 percent removal after just 6-9 treatments. This treatment is much more effective than other, older laser options.

Permanent Results
Once the tattoo is removed, it does not come back. People can get a new tattoo or enjoy a tattoo-free life after the procedure without fear of the old tattoo reappearing.

Nonsurgical Procedure With Little Downtime
PicoSure laser tattoo removal is a minimally invasive procedure with little downtime. While the removal site needs time to heal, people can resume normal activities immediately.

Fewer Treatments
Patients only need 6-9 PicoSure tattoo removal treatments to achieve the desired results. Other laser tattoo removal systems require two or even three times the number of treatments. Non-picosecond pulse duration laser technology may require 16-20 treatment for 50-75% tattoo reduction.

PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Risks

The chance of experiencing a serious complication after undergoing PicoSure laser treatment is slim. However, Dr. Chen addresses potential risks with patients during the consultation. SpaMedica has been offering cutting-edge laser tattoo removal for over 20 years and has Canada’s largest array of lasers dedicated to Tattoo removal.

Skin Lightening

Skin lightening is possible, especially for darker-skinned patients. Dr. Chen will explain the likelihood of this risk after assessing the patient. Dr. Chen uses special picosecond wavelengths that are used on darker skin types to minimize this risk.


While rare, it is possible to develop scars after the procedure. Patients can lower this risk by following the aftercare instructions.


Infection is also a rare but possible side effect of PicoSure tattoo removal treatment. Dr. Chen provides aftercare instructions that lower this risk; preventative antibiotics are provided.

Wound Healing Problems

Issues with wound healing can also occur after PicoSure tattoo removal. Patients with lupus, uncontrolled diabetes, or scleroderma are more likely to experience this complication.
All complications are managed and corrected as part of your surgical fee.

Why Choose SpaMedica for PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal?

Dr. Chen’s expertise allows her to combine PicoSure with other lasers for the best results. SpaMedica has a PicoSure (Cynosure), a PicoWay (Candela-Syneron), a Revlite (Conbio), an Accolade, and Affinity (Cynosure) to ensure your tattoo removal will have the best possible results.

Different Types of PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

SpaMedica has the 2 best picosecond lasers made in the world today: the PicoSure (Cynosure) and the PicoWay (candela-Syneron). By combining different picosecond laser technologies and nanosecond lasers, SpaMedica can ensure the best tattoo removal results in the fewest possible treatments.

Non-Surgical PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Alternatives

The Picoway and Revlite tattoo removal lasers are other SpaMedica alternatives to the PicoSure laser.

How Is PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Performed by Dr. Chen?

Dr. Chen performs or supervises other laser physician specialists during the PicoSure tattoo removal procedure at SpaMedica. Before the treatment, the physician applies a topical anesthetic to numb the area. Then, the physician chooses the appropriate settings for the laser and deploys the light energy and an air-chilling device on the treatment area.

The procedure uses topical anesthetic cream, air chiller and Pronox (nitrous oxide laughing gas) to ensure all treatments are optimally comfortable.

How to Prepare for PicoSure Treatment

Patients need to prepare before undergoing PicoSure tattoo removal. Patients should:

  • If taking Accutane, discontinue for at least six months.
  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for at least two weeks.
  • Avoid waxing the treatment area for at least two weeks.
  • Clean the area, so it is free of products.

What to Expect After PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

Most patients need 6-9 treatments. It takes approximately 7 days to heal after each treatment. After recovering from the last treatment, patients will see the final results. The procedure generally removes 85-100% of the tattoo.

PicoSure Tattoo Removal Recovery and Timeline

Patients go home immediately after the procedure. Redness, swelling, and frosting are normal after PicoSure treatment. A dressing is applied before you leave and you are instructed on how to change it. These symptoms normally go away within 7 days. Patients need to use tepid water to clean the treatment site. Patients will also apply a topical antibiotic and use an occlusive dressing to protect the area and avoid infection.

When the treatment area is healed after 7 days, patients should avoid direct sunlight and tanning for 2 weeks. At the end of 2 weeks, patients can use cosmetic makeup or foundation to cover the treatment area if desired.

Best Procedures Paired With PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser hair removal, Botox injectable and dermal soft tissue filler all pair well with laser tattoo removal treatment.


How Painful Is It to Get Picosure Tattoo Removal?

SpaMedica uses topical anaesthesia and an air chilling device and Pronox (nitrous oxide laughing gas) to ensure comfort. Some patients also prefer local anesthesia when performing laser tattoo removal procedures. The process is comfortable, and many say it’s more tolerable than getting a tattoo.

What Kinds of Tattoos Can Be Removed?

PicoSure tattoo removal treatments work on all types and colours of tattoos.

Are There Any Tattoo Colours That Cannot Be Removed?

This procedure works on all colours. It’s more effective at removing dark-coloured tattoos than other lasers.

Can I treat my cosmetic tattoo on my eyebrows and lips?

Yes, the Picosure laser will also work on cosmetic tattooing on the eyebrows, lips, and other areas.

How Long After a Tattoo Can I Get It Removed?

For best results, wait at least 3 months before getting a new tattoo removed.

Can I Remove a Tattoo While I Am Pregnant?

There are no risks associated with getting PicoSure laser tattoo removal when pregnant. However, potential risks such as an infection can harm the mother, and that, in turn, can harm the fetus. Also, many women experience an increase in photosensitivity when pregnant. This can affect the outcome of the procedure, so it is wise to wait until after giving birth before undergoing a tattoo removal treatment.  We do not offer tattoo removal treatments during pregnancy, but yes, breastfeeding is ok for PicoSure treatment.

What Is White Frosting?

White frosting refers to the white residue that appears in the treatment area. This frosting appears immediately and fades during the first 15 minutes following treatment. It turns into a crust, which comes off within the first week. It’s normal for some of the tattoo ink to come off with the crust.

How Many Picosure Treatments To See Results?

The number of sessions required to see results from PicoSure treatments can vary based on the specific skin concern being addressed. Generally, most patients need about 6 to 9 consecutive treatments. Depending on skin sensitivity and complexion, these are typically spaced 2 to 8 weeks apart. Results for most patients start to become visible approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the initial treatment, with continuous improvement until the final treatment or optimal results are achieved.

Does Pico Laser Help With Acne?

PicoSure laser treatments are also effective for acne-related issues. They are particularly beneficial for acne scars, as the PicoSure laser promotes skin rejuvenation by treating pigmentation issues, wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars and stretch marks. Improvement can begin for acne scars after just 2 treatments, but a series of 3 to 5 treatments is generally recommended for the best results.

How Many Sessions of Pico Laser Are Required to Remove Acne Scars?

Treating acne scars with PicoSure, the effectiveness varies from one individual to another, with some patients reporting a need for 5 to 10 sessions to see significant results. Each session is conducted 2 to 4 weeks apart, and patients often start noticing improvements in their skin within 2 to 4 weeks of starting their PicoSure treatments.

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