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Picosecond Laser Tattoo Removal in Nairobi, Kenya

Picosecond lasers are a type of laser technology that produces extremely short pulses of light, measured in picoseconds (trillionths of a second). These lasers have gained popularity in various medical and cosmetic applications, including tattoo removal. The principle behind picosecond lasers is that the ultra-short pulses of light can more effectively break down tattoo pigments into smaller particles compared to traditional nanosecond lasers.

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Picosecond Laser Tattoo Removal Process

The picosecond laser tattoo removal process is similar to traditional laser tattoo removal, but it utilizes a laser with ultra-short pulses measured in picoseconds. Here is an overview of the typical steps involved in picosecond laser tattoo removal:

  • Consultation: The process begins with a consultation with a qualified practitioner. During this consultation, at Rebel Inks Tatt00s, Tattoo Removal, and Body Piercings, our practitioner assesses the tattoo, discusses your medical history, skin type, and expectations, and determines if picosecond laser technology is suitable for the specific tattoo.
  • Preparation: Before the actual treatment, the practitioner may apply a topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the procedure. Protective eyewear is also typically provided to shield the eyes from the laser light.
  • Skin Testing: In some cases, a small area of the tattoo or a test spot on the skin may be treated with the picosecond laser to observe how the skin reacts and to determine the appropriate laser settings for the individual.
  • Laser Treatment: The picosecond laser emits ultra-short pulses of high-energy light. This light is directed onto the tattooed area, targeting the ink particles within the skin.
  • Photoacoustic Effect: The ultra-short pulses create a photoacoustic effect, generating pressure waves that break down the tattoo pigments into smaller particles. These smaller particles are more easily absorbed and eliminated by the body’s natural processes.
  • Cooling: Some picosecond laser systems include built-in cooling mechanisms or may be used in conjunction with external cooling devices to minimize heat and discomfort during the procedure.
  • Post-Treatment Care: After the treatment, the treated area may appear red, swollen, or have a mild burning sensation. The practitioner will provide specific post-treatment care instructions, which may include applying ice packs, using prescribed ointments, and avoiding sun exposure.
  • Recovery and Follow-Up: The recovery time varies depending on the individual’s skin response and the size and location of the treated tattoo. Multiple sessions are typically required for complete tattoo removal, and follow-up appointments are scheduled to assess progress and determine the need for additional treatments.
  • Possible Side Effects: While picosecond lasers are designed to minimize side effects, some temporary effects may occur, such as redness, swelling, blistering, and mild discomfort. Serious side effects are rare when the procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner.
  • Subsequent Sessions: Additional laser sessions are scheduled based on the rate of tattoo clearance and the individual’s response to the treatment. The intervals between sessions allow the skin to heal and the body to eliminate the broken-down ink particles.

It’s important to note that the effectiveness of picosecond laser tattoo removal can vary depending on factors such as tattoo characteristics, ink colors, and individual skin response. Consulting with a skilled and experienced practitioner is essential to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for achieving the desired results.

Picosecond Laser Tattoo Removal Mechanism

The picosecond laser tattoo removal mechanism involves the use of a laser that emits ultra-short pulses of light, typically in the picosecond range (trillionths of a second). This technology is designed to enhance the breakdown of tattoo pigments more efficiently compared to traditional lasers with longer pulse durations. The key mechanism of picosecond laser tattoo removal is known as the “photoacoustic” effect, and the process can be broken down into several steps:

  • Ultra-Short Pulses: The picosecond laser produces pulses of light that are extremely short in duration, typically around one picosecond or a few hundred picoseconds. These ultra-short pulses are shorter than the pulses produced by traditional Q-switched lasers, which operate in the nanosecond range.
  • Absorption by Tattoo Pigments: When the ultra-short pulses of light are directed onto the tattooed skin, they are preferentially absorbed by the tattoo pigments. Different wavelengths are used to target specific colors of ink within the tattoo.
  • Photoacoustic Effect: The ultra-short pulses create a photoacoustic effect within the skin. This effect involves the rapid heating of the tattoo pigments in a localized area. The intense and rapid heating generates a pressure wave or acoustic shockwave.
  • Ink Fragmentation: The pressure wave generated by the photoacoustic effect is strong enough to cause mechanical disruption of the tattoo pigments. The ink particles are broken down into smaller, more manageable fragments.
  • Increased Particle Clearance: The smaller ink fragments resulting from the photoacoustic effect are easier for the body’s immune system to recognize and eliminate. The enhanced fragmentation is believed to facilitate a more efficient clearance of tattoo pigments from the skin.
  • Minimized Thermal Damage: The ultra-short pulses of picosecond lasers help to minimize the amount of heat generated in the surrounding tissues. This is in contrast to longer-pulse lasers, where more heat may be produced, potentially leading to unwanted side effects such as scarring or changes in pigmentation.
  • Precision and Selectivity: The precision of picosecond lasers allows for targeted and selective treatment of tattoo pigments without causing extensive damage to surrounding skin structures. This characteristic is particularly advantageous for minimizing side effects and promoting faster healing.
  • Color Versatility: Picosecond lasers are effective across a broad spectrum of colors, making them suitable for removing tattoos with different pigments, including dark and stubborn colors like green and blue.

The picosecond laser tattoo removal mechanism capitalizes on the ultra-short pulses to induce a rapid and precise breakdown of tattoo pigments, facilitating improved clearance of tattoos with potentially fewer side effects. The technology is continually evolving, and advancements aim to enhance the efficacy and safety of tattoo removal procedures.

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Picosecond Laser Tattoo Removal Aftercare

After undergoing picosecond laser tattoo removal, proper aftercare is crucial to promote healing, minimize potential side effects, and optimize the results of the treatment. While specific recommendations may vary among practitioners, here are general guidelines for picosecond laser tattoo removal aftercare:

  • Immediate Post-Treatment Care: The treated area may be sensitive immediately after the procedure. The practitioner may apply a soothing gel or ointment to the area to minimize discomfort and promote healing.
  • Cooling and Soothing Measures: Apply ice packs wrapped in a thin cloth to the treated area intermittently during the first few hours after the procedure. This can help reduce swelling and soothe the skin.
  • Avoid Sun Exposure: Protect the treated area from direct sunlight and UV radiation. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF if the treated area is exposed to sunlight. It’s advisable to wear protective clothing or avoid sun exposure during the healing period.
  • Avoid Hot Baths and Saunas: Refrain from hot baths, saunas, and hot tubs for a few days after the treatment to prevent unnecessary irritation to the treated skin.
  • Gentle Cleansing: Clean the treated area gently with mild soap and water. Avoid abrasive cleansers, and pat the area dry instead of rubbing.
  • Moisturize: Apply a fragrance-free, hypoallergenic moisturizer to the treated area to keep the skin hydrated and alleviate dryness. This can also help prevent excessive peeling.
  • Avoid Scratching: Refrain from scratching or picking at the treated area, as this can disrupt the healing process and increase the risk of infection.
  • Avoid Makeup and Fragrances: Avoid applying makeup or using fragranced products on the treated area until it has fully healed to prevent irritation.
  • Follow Practitioner’s Recommendations: Adhere to any specific aftercare instructions provided by your practitioner. They may tailor their recommendations based on your individual response to the treatment.
  • Hydrate and Maintain Overall Health: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, which can contribute to overall skin health. Adopt a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and sufficient rest to support the body’s natural healing processes.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your practitioner. They will assess the healing progress, address any concerns, and determine the need for additional treatment sessions.
  • Avoid Smoking and Alcohol: If possible, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption during the healing period, as these can impede the healing process.

Advantages of Picosecond Laser Tattoo Removal

Picosecond laser tattoo removal has gained popularity due to several advantages it offers over traditional Q-switched lasers. Here are some key advantages of picosecond laser tattoo removal:

  • Faster Clearance: The ultra-short pulses of picosecond lasers result in a more efficient and thorough fragmentation of tattoo pigments. This can lead to faster tattoo clearance compared to traditional Q-switched lasers, potentially reducing the overall number of treatment sessions needed.
  • Enhanced Ink Fragmentation: The picosecond pulse duration creates a photoacoustic effect that generates a shockwave within the tattoo pigments, leading to more effective and smaller ink particle fragmentation. The smaller particles are easier for the body’s immune system to clear.
  • Color Versatility: Picosecond lasers are effective across a broad spectrum of colors, including challenging colors like green and blue. This color versatility makes them suitable for treating tattoos with diverse ink pigments.
  • Reduced Thermal Damage: The ultra-short pulses result in minimal heat buildup, reducing the risk of thermal damage to surrounding tissues. This helps preserve the integrity of the skin and decreases the likelihood of side effects such as scarring or changes in pigmentation.
  • Versatility in Applications: In addition to tattoo removal, picosecond lasers are used for various dermatological and cosmetic applications. They can target pigmented lesions, improve skin texture, and address concerns such as acne scars and fine lines.
  • Minimized Discomfort: The shorter duration of the laser pulses may lead to reduced discomfort during the procedure. Additionally, some picosecond laser systems incorporate cooling mechanisms to further enhance patient comfort.
  • Reduced Risk of Hypopigmentation: Hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) is a potential side effect of laser tattoo removal. Picosecond lasers are designed to minimize this risk by reducing the amount of heat generated and the impact on surrounding pigmentation.
  • Suitability for Stubborn Colors: Picosecond lasers are particularly effective for treating tattoos with stubborn colors such as green and blue. These colors can be more challenging to remove with traditional lasers.
  • Precision and Selectivity: The ultra-short pulses allow for precise targeting of tattoo pigments without causing extensive damage to surrounding tissues. This precision contributes to better outcomes and faster healing.
  • Combination with Fractional Technology: Some picosecond lasers incorporate fractional technology, enabling both targeted treatment of specific areas and overall skin improvement. This combination is known as PicoFractional technology.

It’s important to note that while picosecond laser tattoo removal has many advantages, individual responses can vary, and complete tattoo removal may not always be achievable. Consulting with a qualified and experienced practitioner is essential to assess the specific characteristics of the tattoo and determine the most suitable treatment plan for optimal results.

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Testimonials

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Sarah HadleySarah Hadley
04:05 15 Jun 24
I cannot say enough about Eric and the experience he gave me. First of all, he fit me in when I was running short on time and helped me to find his shop. I just wanted a meaningful word tattooed and promised it would be small and quick. When I didn't love the fonts we came across, he free-handed a stunning font. He made sure the placement was perfect and checked in with me and we decided to just leave it as the outline without filling it all in and even with the change of plans the line work was perfection. Eric also charged me half of what I was quoted several other places even after he drew the design himself on the spot. It was the best overall experience I've had in a tattoo shop. I cannot speak highly enough of Eric's care for clients, artistic skill, or fairness in operating his business.
kelvin mbushirekelvin mbushire
04:38 10 Jun 24
Trust the process
Jaeda BarnesJaeda Barnes
15:07 06 Jun 24
Eric is an exceptional piercer and also business owner. I am beyond pleased with his talent, his services, follow up care and customer service. He checked in with me each week to ensure my piercing was ok and I was clear on his instructions. I highly recommend Eric and this business. He goes above and beyond to make sure all is well. You won’t be dissapointed!
Simon StSimon St
06:33 06 Jun 24
Billy BettBilly Bett
20:41 04 Jun 24
I got a dollar sign tattooI liked the whole experience 💯💯... Planning to have lots of them... Starting with all the scheduling part and its a good pricing for quality tattoo🔥🔥✌️✌️
alexanderalexander
13:57 03 Jun 24
I recently got my nose pierced at this shop, and I couldn’t be happier with the experience. Eric, the artist, was incredibly attentive and friendly, offering a thorough consultation before the piercing. He also follows up regularly via text to check on the healing progress and shares usefultips. Highly recommend 👍🏽
Natasha NjugunaNatasha Njuguna
18:59 02 Jun 24
katia sumailkatia sumail
20:28 30 May 24
Work well done 👌🏽 I recommend ✊🏾
Mark KMark K
09:11 30 May 24
Had an awesome experience. The place was super clean. Totally recommend them!
Kenna HopeKenna Hope
12:54 28 May 24
Mike OsoroMike Osoro
11:19 27 May 24
I have been going for laser tattoo removal sessions and I am in my last session now. Eric is very knowledgeable and precise when it came to answering my queries and also in the overall tattoo removal journey. I very highly recommend him. I stay outside Nairobi city and even scheduling my sessions has been very easy all thanks to Eric.
Julia BrodskyJulia Brodsky
09:07 27 May 24
Me and my 3 friends all got ear piercings. Two of us got the conch, one got the upper cartilage, the other got her second holes. He was very professional, clean, accurate, and caring. All 4 of our piercings have healed great and he has been so kind to reach out and care about the aftercare of our piercings. If I lived in Nairobi, I would get all my piercings here! 100% would recommend him to anyone. The titanium jewelry is great quality as well.
Teddy TeddymwasTeddy Teddymwas
04:41 27 May 24
I got a tattoo at rebel inks,and I'm impressed by their creativity and skills. The studio has a friendly atmosphere, and the quality of their work is top-notch and their passion for what they do shines through in every piece.
Maria AguinaMaria Aguina
19:01 24 May 24
Good clean place. Eric was very nice and professional. Explain the do’s and don’ts. Would definitely recommend!!!!
Wendy KarumeWendy Karume
17:46 24 May 24
The piercing was perfectly done with a smooth healing process.
Leon JonesLeon Jones
11:12 23 May 24
bianca chelangatbianca chelangat
14:24 21 May 24
Great experience if you are looking forward to getting your navel pierced: from hygiene, placement of the piercing, guidelines on treatment(cleaning), competence when in need of a check up and very hospitable and friendly place.100% recommendable.
Brian PeterBrian Peter
18:29 20 May 24
I got my first tattoo from Eric and clearly I am impressed by the level of expertise, cleanliness, professionalism and love for body art. I recommend 💯 if you are looking to get tattoos, piercings and tattoo removal too.
Program TestingProgram Testing
15:24 19 May 24
I loved the whole experience having that this was my very first tattoo. The whole process was so smooth and Eric helped me and walked me through the process of after care. I would Highly recommend him to anyone who wants to have their tattoo done
Kagio wambuiKagio wambui
13:03 19 May 24
mahmood Marcelomahmood Marcelo
12:07 19 May 24
Good customer service and deliverance, and so friendly.
Lucy MumbiLucy Mumbi
05:52 15 May 24
Had my septum pierced here.Went really smoothly and healing so well. Everything was explained to me about the process both before and after piercing and the aftercare. I thoroughly enjoyed the service I received . Will definitely get pierced here again
Precious MitchellPrecious Mitchell
14:56 14 May 24
Amazing experience. Super caring tattoo artist. The shop was very clean and hygienic. Eric was so kind and walked me through the entire tattoo process. Would highly recommend!!!!
samantha anzemosamantha anzemo
08:37 14 May 24
Removed two of my tattoos .Very professional,he checks up and ensures you’re doing well.I highly recommend coming to rebel ink.
TEARS KWA FACES ·TM·TEARS KWA FACES ·TM·
13:59 12 May 24
The place is clean and nice they of quality service interms of quality and colour tattos and they offer tattoo removal services offer which is Good and is not available all over Kenya
Marco CattaneoMarco Cattaneo
08:11 10 May 24
Deneil ChristianDeneil Christian
06:32 04 May 24
My experience at Rebel Inks was exceptional. It was my first time getting a piercing, and I was understandably nervous. However, Eric, the piercer, was reassuring and professional. He explained the earlobe piercing process in detail and answered all of my questions before beginning.I was particularly impressed with Eric's attention to hygiene. He thoroughly cleaned the room before I entered, sanitized all of the equipment he would be using, and changed gloves between each ear. This level of cleanliness gave me great confidence in his professionalism.Eric's commitment to customer service did not end on the day of the piercing. He followed up with me regularly throughout the healing process to ensure that I was following the aftercare instructions and that my earlobes were healing properly.I highly recommend Rebel Inks to anyone in Nairobi who is considering getting a piercing. Eric is a highly skilled and experienced piercer who takes great pride in his work.
Josephine TumaleoJosephine Tumaleo
15:27 03 May 24
This is my first piecing and was recommended @Rebel Inks Tattoos by a previous client. The Nose Piercing was well done and I am a satisfied clientSo I Check all the boxes below and more:Customer Care: ✔️Professionalism : ✔️Cleanliness ✔️Price: ✔️After care service ✔️Thanks and good job, Eric
Melanie TilleMelanie Tille
08:16 01 May 24
I recently got inked by Eric, and I couldn't be happier! He did an incredible job, was super friendly and was so flexible with my small motives. The studio was clean, and the atmosphere was nice. I highly recommend the studio.
gavingavin
16:03 27 Apr 24
Great service!
Halima AbdiHalima Abdi
13:50 27 Apr 24
My family and i got lots of piercing and the experience was quite amazing .
Ms WambuiMs Wambui
12:50 27 Apr 24
Tatoo done by Erick. Professionalism on point. Plus really helpful after care service. Definitely recommend.
Alexy De CyrusAlexy De Cyrus
07:24 27 Apr 24
Elsie WacuElsie Wacu
20:38 24 Apr 24
I got my belly button piercing from Eric. I have had 2 piercings done before and I've never received service as good as his. He explained the piercing and after care processes in detail and was very patient with my many questions...I'm considering paying him school fees 😂. His hygiene standards are very high and he used a disposable sterilized needle. He followed up on my healing progress weekly...I felt like we were healing together 😅. I wish it was possible to give 10 stars. I'm definitely having my future piercings done with him and I'm recommending him to all my friends 😃
Kalu JayKalu Jay
07:34 22 Apr 24
Got my tattoo done by Rebel Inks several years back and for sure these guys are the best in town .my tattoo healed well and now it’s looking perfect
Professor PimpProfessor Pimp
18:20 20 Apr 24
Sherryl NzaliSherryl Nzali
06:41 18 Apr 24
Thoroughly impressed by their amazing services. It was an incredible experience. Happy with my results. I highly recommend Rebel Inks.
jake mungaijake mungai
06:07 18 Apr 24
Wonderful experience. great hospitality and most importantly, very hygienic service. I would definitely recommend.
kriti kumarikriti kumari
17:18 16 Apr 24
Got my upper ear piercing done and my experience was fabulous. I highly appreciate the professionalism shown by Eric. He made sure I was made aware of the process before he started the work. He also explained me the healing process and the complications which was actually great to know as most places do not care to talk about the work in so much detail.The place is neat and clean and the equipments he used were also fine standards. Really appreciate his following up with me on the healing 🤗
Wambui GichureWambui Gichure
10:59 15 Apr 24
Solid service! I got a septum piercing and i enjoyed the professionalism and the follow up services..#valueformoney#highlyrecommend#
Nyambura WanyekiNyambura Wanyeki
12:18 31 Mar 24
I first went through their website to engage more on their services. I was particularly interested in the nose ring service. The communication from the day I made an appointment was very professional as well as the services offered. Eric explained in great detail the step by step procedure and was very patient with our questions. He administered effective hygiene and even let my friend record a video of the procedure. The after care followup is also great as Eric keeps checking up on the healing process on a weekly basis as well as giving additional guidance on the after care.I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEIR SERVICES to everyone. Actually what you see on their website is EXACTLY what you will get. Keep up the good work Rebel inks Tattoos.
liz Omaribaliz Omariba
05:50 30 Mar 24
Got my first tattoo from him....and he's been very involving in my recovery journey. I'd recommend him any day. Thank you so much Eric.
Sylvia KiamaSylvia Kiama
03:01 30 Mar 24
He was quick and professional the piercing looked good and was easy to book with
Risper JamesRisper James
16:39 28 Mar 24
Got my tattoo done here 5 years ago. Healed well, looking perfect. Definitely has withstood the test of time. Eric ❤️, you are a Gem 💎.
Poly JoePoly Joe
15:42 28 Mar 24
I have been looking for the perfect place to get my tattoo removed. After inquiring and also being referred to Eric. I started my removal process last year and now my tattoo is almost fully gone. I would like to thank Eric and the whole Rebel Inks Empire Team for their diligence and consistency in ensuring my needs were met. Definitely the best in laser removal services in Nairobi, Kenya.💯
Maximilian LehnMaximilian Lehn
14:27 26 Mar 24
I went to Eric for the first time to get help with an earring infection I couldn’t get rid of for months. I quickly got an appointment. He took time to listen to my concerns and previous treatments. He then recommended we try a different approach, changing the piercing and treating it as it was fresh. He gave great advise on how to clean and which care products to use. Throughout the whole session he was very friendly, considerate and knowledgeable. The weeks after he was checking in on how the piercing was doing.The infection is now gone. I would definitely recommend!
Chris BChris B
16:54 29 Feb 24
I got my ears pierced and the whole procedure was more than great. The space was very clean and time was taken to chose the right spot. He took his time to clean up after and we had a nice talk, too with many helpful information on cleaning and sanitizing the new Piercings. Even after we were done there was a weekly follow up on our healing process.Can recommend this place totally and would go back there anytime!Thanks!
Victory WairimuVictory Wairimu
11:56 25 Feb 24
I was so pleased with the service I got. I received a septum piercing from Eric and based on my experience with him, I wouldn't trust anyone else with any other piercings that I might get. He's very sanitary and walks you through the entire process making you feel comfortable and at ease. He also follows up on his clients concerning after care and is very easy to talk to. I would definitely refer anyone looking for to get a piercing, tattoo or tattoo removal here!
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