Picosecond Tattoo & Pigment Removal

Cosmex Clinic's 300 picosecond laser is cutting edge for the removal of unwanted tattoos, and pigmentation

Picosecond Lasers – The Gold Standard For Tattoo Removal in Cambridge.

Direct comparison with a 5ns Q switch machine

The image opposite was taken during training for tattoo removal Cambridge and directly compares the performance of a slower nano second machine with a 750 picosecond machine.  The tattoo had previously been treated twice with the slower machine and was well faded.  The split treatment test demonstrates how much more effective the 750 picosecond machine was, when treating a faded tattoo.

Our Stratum pico 300 is a leading edge machine even among picosecond lasers and 300 picoseconds is close to the optimum specification for the ultimate in tattoo removal.  There is no doubt that fast picosecond lasers provide substantial benefits over older generation lasers but they are much more expensive to purchase.

As a leading aesthetics clinic, Cosmex is committed to giving the best possible treatments to our patients, which is why we invested in the Stratum pico 300.

If you would like to have a more detailed understanding of why the Stratum pico 300 is vastly superior to most of the machines currently in use, please click on the button below.

How does laser tattoo removal Cambridge work?

To remove a tattoo or pigmented lesion we shine a very bright laser light onto the tattoo.  The colour of the light is chosen to be one that is highly absorbed by the tattoo and not so much by the surrounding tissue.  Light is a form of energy and when it hits the tattoo it heats it.  The key to effective tattoo removal is to heat the illuminated side of the tattoo particles so fast while the dark side is kept cool by the skin, that the particles become stressed and crack.  Similar to pouring boiling water into a glass jar.

Once the particles are small enough the body’s immune system will engulf them and remove them from the skin via the lymphatic system.  However, this is a very simplistic description and there are vast differences between both tattoos and the machines to remove them.  If the tattoo is a shallow black tattoo then most machines will do an OK job but for larger tattoos, deeper tattoos and especially colour tattoos a fast and powerful picosecond laser has significant advantages and in many cases is the only type of laser that can complete the job.  Picosecond lasers also have the tremendous advantage in that when used correctly, do far less harm to the skin.  This is because although vastly more powerful they actually deposit far less heat into the skin.  For a more detailed understanding please view the adjacent video then click on the button below.

More about laser tattoo removal at Cosmex Clinic Cambridge

Laser Tattoo Removal is considered by Surgeons and Dermatologists to be one of the safest treatments.

The number of treatments required is unlikely to be less than 6 and could be more. However, tattoos have a number of variables including location, ink type, depth and colour which means that in most cases we will only be able to establish an accurate timeframe after the third treatment. Typically, amateur tattoos are the easiest to remove.

With our Pico 300 Laser we are able to remove Black, Blue, Green, Yellow, Red and pretty much any colour under the rainbow. However, there are some colours which are easier to remove, these tend to be the darker colours such as black. White tattoos can be removed however the white ink can oxidize which turns them black which makes the treatment time slightly longer.

All Tattoos are 3 dimensional and as the more superficial layers are removed the energy delivered will need to be increased to have a therapeutic effect on the deeper parts of the tattoo. Consequently, the rate of fading tends to reduce as the tattoo fades.

The Pico 300 Laser Tattoo Removal treatments are normally well tolerated and the process is considered to be no more painful than the original tattoo. After the treatment, we will sooth and cover the treated area. The covering can generally be removed after 24 hours but factor 50 SPF cream should be applied as a routine reaction for the following two weeks and ideally throughout the course of treatment.

What our customers say about us.

Always totally professional and all procedures are fully explained in detail beforehand. Would t go anywhere else



July 2023

Lou S is a master of her art and the consummate professional. Her experience and expertise cannot be surpassed.



March 2023

Great advice from knowledgable Lou. Will book an appointment this autumn. Best wishes, Alice.


December 2021

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