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Laser Tattoo Removal Cutera® enlighten™

Pittsburgh laser tattoo removalGone are the days of long, painful tattoo removal sessions with results as uninspired as bad tattoos themselves. Recent technology has taken the art of tattoo removal to a whole new and exciting level. The Aesthetic Skin & Laser Center is proud to offer Cutera enlighten®, the most advanced tattoo removal laser currently on the market.

Enlighten® provides patients with fast, safe, and effective tattoo removal. (We also offer tattoo removal for permanent makeup). Two wavelengths allow Enlighten to remove all colors of ink, including blacks, blues, reds, yellows, and greens, with one laser and offers removal speeds literally a thousand times faster than existing lasers on the market with ‘picosecond’ laser pulses as opposed to ‘nanosecond’ pulse speeds. Picoseconds are the equivalent of one-trillionth of a second! These short, high powered laser pulses are delivered precisely to quickly break down ink particles, skin discoloration, and benign pigmented lesions. However, we also have the option to use nanosecond pulses when needed - so we can offer the best treatment options in one device!

Minimal pain and swelling are experienced during and after treatments. Daily activities can be resumed immediately after treatment sessions - except minor limitations regarding heat and sun exposure. Some patients have even remarked that Enlighten hurt less than getting inked in the first place - and a first in the tattoo removal experience! Patients should be prepared for multiple sessions depending on the composition, color, and size of the tattoo.

Schedule a consultation today to find out how the procedure will treat your tattoo, an estimate of how many sessions you’ll need and an estimated cost.


Introduced in 2014, enlighten™ is the most advanced laser system for the effective and safe removal of tattoos and benign pigmented lesions.

Enlighten features extremely short and high-power picosecond laser pulses which efficiently and quickly break down the ink particles in tattoos. A 'picosecond' is one-trillionth of a second and is 1,000 times shorter than the 'nanosecond' pulses used in existing lasers for tattoo removal. Picosecond laser pulses have been shown to remove tattoos more completely and in fewer treatment sessions than traditional laser used historically in the past.

The total number of treatments vary depending on the composition, depth and the color of the ink, as well as the size of the tattoo. You should be prepared for multiple treatment sessions, and we can give you a better idea of the total number of treatments needed during your consultation and once your treatments begin.

Tattoo ink is deposited deep in the skin. In order to reach all of the ink in the skin, multiple treatment sessions are needed for clearance. Depth, size, and color of the tattoo also impact the number of treatments needed.

In many cases, yes. However, it is very important to know that some ink colors are more difficult to clear than others. Schedule a consultation to determine if enlighten is right for you.

Yes, Soundwave Tattoos allow an app "to play the soundwave" as the smartphone passes across the design. The procedure is able to remove this type of tattoo.

Patients compare the procedure to a rubber band being snapped against their skin. Topical or local anesthetics may be available from your provider to minimize discomfort.

Most patients experience redness and swelling immediately following the treatment. These side effects are temporary.

Patients can return to regular activities immediately following the treatment.


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