Four Types of Tattoos That You Can Remove in Washington D.C


Your favorite tattoo can lose its appeal as old age and lifestyle changes catch up with you. At SkinDC, you can remove tattoos of all colors. The practice uses picosecond pulses to treat all skin types and a wide range of tattoos in fewer treatment sessions. The practice uses PicoWay for SkinDC tattoo removal in shorter treatments with less risk of scarring.

How it Works

The PicoWay laser emits short and bright light beams that fragment tattoo pigments without damaging the surrounding skin and tissue. The ultrashort picosecond laser is one of the most effective lasers available in the market, given that shorter pulses are more effective. The tiny fragmented pieces of tattoo ink are reabsorbed and removed from your skin.

Benefits of the Picosecond Laser

A picosecond laser employs shorter pulses of about (trillionth of a second), ensuring that it achieves better clearance of tattoos. Shorter pulses fracture ink particles without harming the skin and surrounding tissues. The procedure is quick, painless, and free of side effects.

Types of Tattoos Treated at SkinDC

Dr. Terrence Keaney, MD removes the following types of tattoos

  1. Cosmetic Tattoos- professionally applied tattoos could contain black, red, or brown pigments that mimic eye, lip, or brow liners. A single small test pulse is applied to your tattoo to determine your response before full treatment. The test determines whether your cosmetic tattoo could turn black upon laser impact.
  2. Amateur Tattoos- you can visit the practice to get rid of medicinal tattoos from radiation markings and self-applied tattoos. A successful procedure removes these types of tattoos in very few laser sessions.
  3. Professional Tattoos- A professional tattoo is a more complex deposition of large amounts of pigment with multiple colors. Treating a professional tattoo requires several sessions, multiple treatments, and the services of a professional. Dr. Keaney uses PicoWay to treat all tattoo colors effectively.
  4. Traumatic Tattoo- An accident can leave you with a traumatic tattoo following the forcible introduction of foreign debris into the skin. The number of sessions needed depends on the size and distribution of your tattoo particles.

What to Expect During the Procedure

The laser procedure is slightly uncomfortable compared to a rubber band snapping against the skin. The tattooed area is numbed with local or topical anesthesia, and the skin is cooled with an icy stream of forced frigid air. The successful removal of a tattoo takes about fifteen to forty-five minutes.

What Should I Do After the Procedure?

Following the tattoo removal, you are given detailed instructions for proper care and precautions for quick recovery. A blister or crust may form over the treated area but could resolve within a week.

Mild soap is useful for washing the area and gently patting it dry. Dr. Terrence Keaney, MD recommends applying an ointment like Aquaphor® Healing Ointment twice every day until the affected area heals completely.

If you experience discomfort, you can use ice and acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or an oral non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication for immediate relief. If you experience abnormal symptoms, contact your doctor for immediate assistance.

How Long do the Results Remain Effective?

A PicoWay tattoo removal procedure gets rid of tattoos in a painless and fast procedure with zero downtime. Results of a successful procedure are desirable and permanent.

To get rid of a tattoo, you can book an appointment via phone or the online booking system. You are assured of results as your doctor uses a highly personalized treatment plan.