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The PicoSure laser is a top choice in treating unwanted tattoos and pigmented lesions.

  • Downtime: Minimal
  • Pain Level: Mild
  • Results Duration: Long Lasting


Unwanted tattoos, pigmented lesions, birthmarks, stretch marks, melasma

Side Effects:

Mild redness and swelling 1-2 days after treatment 


Can be used on nearly any area of the face and body

Follow Up:

Some treatments require a series of sessions to achieve an optimal outcome

How Performed:

Handpiece delivers laser energy into the dermal tissue


Topical or local anesthesia administered prior to treatment

Procedure Type:


Expected Outcome:

Reduction or elimination of tattoo ink or pigmented lesion 


Results visible once skin heals after final treatment

Picosure laser

The Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York® offers New York’s first Picosecond laser for tattoo removal, pigmented lesion removal, and acne scarring.

The FDA has cleared the PicoSure™ laser for tattoo and pigmented lesion removal. The approval is based on the clinical work performed at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York® under the direction of Dr. Roy G. Geronemus, which has been published in the Archives of Dermatology.

The board-certified physicians at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York have an extensive range of laser devices that allow us to customize all our patient’s treatments to ensure an optimal outcome. We have the experience and expertise to help you meet all your aesthetic goals with comfortable treatments and minimal downtime in most cases. Our team would be happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns and create a personalized treatment plan to keep you looking and feeling your absolute best.

How does the Picosure Laser Work?

We harness our leading knowledge of the PicoSure™ laser, having published the first article on using this device on patients with tattoos. This laser uses short bursts of energy to rapidly clear almost all tattoos, especially the blue and green colors that have been difficult to remove by other lasers.

The clinical work performed at our center led to the PicoSure™ being approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In our clinical study of 22 subjects with multi-colored and recalcitrant tattoos, the PicoSure™ laser achieved more than 80% overall tattoo clearance over a two-week period. On average, 94% clearance was achieved for blue and green ink.

We continue to develop advances with picosecond laser technology as we are presently investigating two additional wavelengths for the device which we
anticipate will provide significant benefit to patients seeking tattoo removal.

Before and After PicoSure Laser Treatment for Acne Scars

What does the PicoSure Laser Treat?

Although the PicoSure laser is primarily used for tattoo removal, it can also be effective in treating the following:

When Will I See Results?

Results of a PicoSure treatment become evident as soon as the skin heals. If you require a series of treatment sessions, you will see full results after you recover from your final appointment. 

How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?

There is no downtime after a PicoSure laser treatment. Side effects like swelling and skin redness should not be severe enough to keep you from your regular activities. 

PicoSure Laser In The News

The picosecond difference – Jeremy A. Brauer, M.D., featured in Cosmetic Surgery Times

Recent Medical Journal Publications by Drs. Geronemus, Brauer and Bae of LSSCNY

Recent Medical Journal Publications by Drs. Geronemus, Brauer and Bae of LSSCNY

VIDEO: Roy G. Geronemus, MD, discusses picosecond laser technology for tattoo removal

Robert T. Anolik, M.D., and the new PicoSure laser to the rescue!

Robert T. Anolik, M.D., and the new PicoSure laser to the rescue!

PicoSure Laser

Questions and Answers

Q: Is The PicoSure Laser Safe?

A: Yes, this device was FDA-approved in 2012 as the first of other picosecond lasers that have shown a strong record of safety and success. Our board-certified physicians have extensive experience using this device and will use their expertise to customize your treatment so it is as safe and effective as possible. 

Q: How Many Treatments Will I Need?

A: That depends on what we are treating. Tattoos usually take a few treatment sessions to achieve full results, while other concerns may be successfully addressed in a single treatment session. When you meet with your doctor at your initial consultation, you will receive a treatment plan so you know what to expect moving forward.

Q: How Long Do Results Last?

A: In many cases, the results are very long-lasting, since the tattoo or mark is removed from the skin. However, results vary from patient to patient.

Q: Are There Any Side Effects?

A: The rapid pulse technology and the precision of the device mean fewer side effects than other laser treatments. Patients may experience mild swelling and skin redness for a few days after treatment. Bruising can also occur. None of these side effects should be severe enough to prohibit you from your daily activities.

Q: Am I A Good Candidate For PicoSure Laser Treatments?

A: This treatment is a good choice for patients that have tattoos or pigmentation concerns they would like to eliminate. The treatment works equally well for men and women and is appropriate for most skin tones.

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