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Embracing Change: The Journey of Removing Unwanted Tattoos and Rediscovering Your Skin

Unwanted Tattoos by Avail Aesthetics in Raleigh NC

Change is a constant in life; our choices often reflect our evolving perspectives and experiences. Tattoos once considered permanent markers of moments, beliefs, or affiliations, can sometimes become symbols of past phases we’ve outgrown. While tattooing has been celebrated for capturing sentiments on the skin, the desire for unwanted tattoos is equally valid. The journey of removing unwanted tattoos is not just about erasing ink; it’s about reclaiming one’s skin and embracing new beginnings. As technology advances, so do the methods to help individuals rewrite their stories without the weight of past decisions. 

Why Are Tattoos Hard to Remove?

Tattoos have long been a form of self-expression, a way for individuals to immortalize memories, beliefs, and personal stories on their skin. Tattoos are created by injecting ink particles deep into the dermis, the second layer of skin. This ensures the tattoo’s longevity, as the dermis cells are more stable than those of the outer layer, the epidermis.

The very reason tattoos are cherished for their permanence is also what makes them challenging to remove. Unlike temporary designs, such as henna, which merely stains the skin’s surface and fades over time, tattoo ink particles are large and embedded deep within the skin. When one wishes to remove a tattoo, the goal is to break down these large ink particles into smaller fragments. Only then can the body’s natural processes, specifically the lymphatic system, effectively clear them away.

However, the process is more complex than it sounds. The depth, density, and type of ink used, combined with individual skin types and tattoo placements, can all influence how easily a tattoo can be removed. Additionally, the colors used in the tattoo play a role, with some pigments being more resistant to removal than others.

The Solution For Unwanted Tattoos: PicoSure® Tattoo Removal

PicoSure® represents a significant advancement in the field of tattoo removal. Unlike traditional methods, which often rely on intense heat to break down tattoo ink, PicoSure® utilizes a different approach, harnessing the power of picosecond laser technology.

The term “picosecond” refers to one trillionth of a second, and as the name suggests, PicoSure® lasers emit pulses at this incredibly rapid rate. These ultra-short pulses create a photomechanical impact, known as PressureWave™ technology. This impact explicitly targets the tattoo ink particles, shattering them into minuscule fragments without generating excessive heat. The advantage of this method is twofold: it is highly effective in breaking down even the most stubborn ink colors, and it minimizes the risk of thermal damage to the surrounding skin tissue.

The body’s natural processes take over once the ink particles are broken down into smaller fragments by the PressureWave™ impact. The lymphatic system, a part of our immune system, recognizes these fragments as foreign entities and works to eliminate them from the body. Over time, and with successive PicoSure® treatments, the tattoo fades and eventually disappears.

What to Expect During the Removal Process

While the tattoo removal process with PicoSure® is advanced and effective, approach it with realistic expectations and an understanding of the journey ahead. Proper care, patience, and adherence to professional advice will ensure the best possible outcome.

The duration of each treatment session is contingent upon the tattoo’s size and intricacy. For instance, while an average-sized tattoo might be treated in about 10 minutes, more elaborate designs could necessitate a more extended session. The experience of undergoing tattoo removal with PicoSure® is often likened to the sensation of getting the tattoo in the first place. This means that while a certain level of discomfort is involved, it shouldn’t be more intense than what one has previously endured during the tattooing process.

To enhance clients’ comfort, Avail Aesthetics sometimes provides aids, such as ice packs, to alleviate any discomfort experienced during the procedure. You may need more than a single session to erase a tattoo. Multiple sessions are typically required, with the exact number varying based on factors like the tattoo’s age, colors, and the individual’s skin type.


After a tattoo removal session, the aftercare phase is crucial to ensure optimal healing and achieve the best results. Here’s what you need to know:

1. Skin Protection:

  • Redness and Swelling: It’s typical for the treated area to exhibit redness and swelling post-procedure. This is a natural response and indicates the body’s healing process is in action.
  • Avoid Sun Exposure: The treated skin becomes more sensitive to sunlight. Please protect it from direct sun exposure to prevent complications or skin discoloration. Using a high-SPF sunscreen or covering the area can be beneficial.

2. Hygiene and Moisturization:

  • Keep it Clean: Daily, treat the treated area with mild soap and water. Avoid scrubbing or using harsh chemicals.
  • Moisturize: Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment or a recommended moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated and promote healing.

3. Avoid Irritants:

  • No Picking: As the skin heals, scabbing or blistering might occur. Resisting the urge to pick or scratch is vital, as this can lead to scarring.
  • Steer Clear of Swimming Pools: Chlorinated water can irritate the treated skin. It’s best to avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, or saunas until the skin has fully healed.

4. Stay Hydrated and Healthy:

  • Drink Water: Hydration aids the body’s natural detoxification process, helping to flush out the shattered ink particles more effectively.
  • Healthy Diet: A balanced diet can support the body’s healing process. Consider incorporating foods rich in vitamins A and C, which can aid skin repair.

5. Follow-Up Sessions:

  • Schedule Accordingly: If multiple sessions are required, schedule them as the practitioner recommends. This allows the skin ample time to heal between treatments.


Tattoo removal is a personal decision, often driven by the desire for change and new beginnings. With the advanced solutions offered by Avail Aesthetics, reclaiming your skin from unwanted tattoos has never been more achievable. Combined with the cutting-edge PicoSure® technology, our team ensures a safe and effective removal process. If you’re considering taking this step, don’t wait. Book Avail Aesthetics today and schedule your consultation to embark on your journey towards a refreshed and renewed self.


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