Alternatively, we may have encountered a tattoo artist who either lacked the skill to materialize our vision, or who botched a tattoo, causing embarrassment and a strong desire to erase the unsatisfactory image. Weight gain and/or sagging skin may also be factors in the decision to remove a tattoo. Although laser tattoo removal has been around for years, it is just recently that the technology has truly reached its zenith. Today, the non-scarring PicoSure laser has replaced the more abrasive Argon and CO2 lasers, as well as techniques such as dermabrasion and salabrasion. PicoSure now offers the safest, most sophisticated, and effective tattoo removal available to date.

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How does the PicoSure Technology Work?

During the procedure, pulses of thermal energy lasting just trillionths of a second (“picoseconds”) penetrate and shatter the tattoo’s ink particles while sparing the surrounding virgin skin. The ink molecules are then removed from the body like a coat of dust. While green inks can be the most difficult to remove, black and red inks are easily reduced by the PicoSure laser.

Before Laser Tattoo Removal…

  • Avoid tanning sprays, creams, beds and excessive exposure to sunlight for one month
  • Apply 50 SPF sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection frequently
  • Make sure skin is free from all oils, lotions, makeup, creams and cleansers
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During Treatment

Laser tattoo removal will typically begin with the administering of local anesthesia which will prevent any discomfort during the procedure. Depending on the size and location of the tattoo, removal usually requires between three and ten 30-minute sessions, spaced out over the course of 4-6 weeks. The reason for the resting periods between laser sessions is that the body needs time to flush out the ink particles at a healthy rate.

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Tattoo removal is far less painful than receiving a tattoo. However, patients may experience some redness and swelling after their laser treatment. This usually disappears as the healthy underlying skin tissue regenerates. Painkillers, ice packs and soothing ointments may be provided by your doctor upon discharge. Be sure to carefully follow your aftercare plan, avoid the sun, and reach out to the PPSD staff if you have any concerns during your recovery.

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Selecting North Carolina's Best Tattoo Removal Experts

Just as it’s mandatory to entrust only a licensed, vetted visual artist with the artwork on your skin, so too is it imperative that you choose a qualified, board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to perform your laser tattoo removal. Our PPSD laser experts achieve safe, comprehensive outcomes, preserving your skin’s integrity through a precise, conservative approach that is always customized to your unique needs and wishes.

Because we treat such a wide variety of dermal conditions, our physicians can offer a perspective which takes not only your tattoo, but the whole condition of your skin into account, working to restore health and vibrancy on a cellular level.

During your private consultation in Charlotte, Gastonia, Shelby, Hickory, Lake Norman and surrounding cities, your doctor will explain the advantages of the PicoSure technology, giving you a clear roadmap of what to expect at every stage of your visit.

He or she will examine the placement of the tattoo to be removed, its age, color scheme and design, as well as your medical history and allergies.

Most patients leave their consultation feeling relieved and excited to finally be rid of a tattoo they no longer enjoy.

Dr. Rosenzweig describes the tattoo removal procedure on WCNC / Charlotte Today

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974 SouthPoint Road, Suite D
Belmont NC 28012

Phone: 704-755-8020

Fax: 704-755-8021


5815 Blakeney Park Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

Phone: 704-542-2220

Fax: 704-542-3304


309 S. Sharon Amity Road, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28211

Phone: 704-344-8846

Fax: 704-344-9844

Charlotte/7th St

2615 East 7th St
Charlotte, NC 28204

Phone: 704-295-0000

Fax: 704-295-0005


7476 Waterside Loop Road #600
Denver, NC 28037

Phone: 704-601-4381

Fax: 704-822-5997

Forest City

651 Withrow Road
Forest City, NC 28043

Phone: 828-288-1204

Fax: 828-288-1205

Gastonia/937 Cox Road

937 Cox Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704-898-8014

Fax: 704-898-8018

Gastonia/959 Cox Road

959 Cox Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704-866-7576

Fax: 704-866-0106

Hickory/Tate Blvd. Building 100

315 19th St. SE, Building 100
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: 828-325-9849

Fax: 828-325-9879

Hickory/Tate Blvd. Building 200

315 19th St. SE, Building 200
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: 828-328-3500

Fax: 828-328-8777


13539 Reese Blvd W.
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: 704-892-4878

Fax: 704-892-7453


105 Delta Park Drive
Shelby, NC 28150

Phone: 704-484-0464

Fax: 704-482-0308

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