What Is the Best Tattoo Removal Laser?

The best laser for tattoo removal is a picosecond laser. Picosecond lasers remove tattoos more quickly and completely than older-style Q-Switch lasers.

While Picosecond lasers can remove nearly any color ink, there’s no single model that takes care of everything.

A laser with a 755nm wavelength is best for green and blue ink. A wavelength of 532nm gets rid of red, orange, yellow and brown. A 1064nm wavelength is the best choice for black and some other dark colors.

If you want all the colors in your rainbow-colored tattoo to fade away, you’ll need to find a shop with more than one laser. The Untattoo Parlor uses two lasers that, in combination, can remove nearly any color.

The Enlighten Cutera has been our laser of choice since March 2015. We’ve recently acquired a PicoSure laser. With these two weapons in our arsenal, we can eradicate a full range of colors, including green and blue.

Removing Green and Blue Tattoo Ink

“Can you remove green tattoos?” It’s a question we hear a lot. It isn’t easy being green. It also isn’t easy to remove a green tattoo in Portland. Not many shops around town have the necessary equipment. We do.

The PicoSure wields a 755nm wavelength and will remove green and blue ink. The Cutera has wavelengths of 532nm and 1064nm. Previously, with the Cutera, we’ve been able to clear green hues that are a combination of yellow and blue. We can now handle true green with our PicoSure laser.

What’s a Picosecond Laser, and Why Is It the Best Tattoo Removal Laser?

Picosecond lasers work similarly to older lasers, but they are faster and more effective. Both styles of laser erase tattoos by breaking them apart so the body can flush out the particles.

Compared to other lasers, picosecond lasers create smaller particles that are flushed out more quickly. Q-Switch lasers are still used in some places, but picosecond lasers are superior.

A picosecond laser delivers a pulse of light to the skin every trillionth of a second. It’s hard to wrap your mind around “a trillionth of a second.” Just keep in mind that these speedy lasers cut treatment times by about half while removing a wider range of colors.

The Food and Drug Administration approved for tattoo removal the new lasers in December 2012. The lasers are a boon for the many people who want a tattoo removed.

Our Cutera laser has been very effective. Our clients love the speed at which we work. While tattoo removal often involves repeat visits, the Cutera removes ink in fewer treatments.

Are There Any Drawbacks to Picosecond Laser Removal?

No one type of treatment is right for every situation. Laser removal can be painful. Because we have a physician on staff, Dr. Garrett Vangelisti, we can minimize discomfort with a local anesthetic.

Laser removal requires judgment and experience. In the hands of an unqualified technician, removal could scar. Some ink pigments, such as white or pink, may turn dark under a laser.

Choosing a good laser technician is the best way to avoid unwanted results. Our staff is caring, experienced and medically certified.

We closely monitor clients. At the first sign of trouble, we’ll stop the treatment and re-evaluate your situation. Poor results are rare. We’re able to remove or significantly lighten most tattoos.

The Untattoo Parlor has the most comprehensive set of tools, best tattoo removal laser’s, and talent for tattoo removal in Portland. Contact us for a consultation.

Before and After Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal is a relatively carefree affair. It’s an outpatient procedure performed with a local anesthesia. We remove tattoos quickly and painlessly in the comfortable atmosphere of our Pearl District office.

Many people find going to the dentist more stressful than having a tattoo removed by laser. That said, knowing what to do before and after laser tattoo removal can keep you more comfortable.

How Laser Removal Works

We like to get to know clients before a procedure. Schedule a consultation. We’ll meet, evaluate your tattoo and let you know what to expect from treatments. After the consultation, if you’re ready to move forward, you can schedule an appointment. For a small tattoo, we sometimes complete a treatment at the end of the consultation.

Before a laser treatment, we numb the skin with an anesthetic. We remove tattoos with a Cutera Enlighten and a CynoSure PicoSure laser. These lasers break up the ink.

We have had success eradicating many colors including some shades of green with our Enlighten. With the recent purchase of the Picosure 755 laser, we’re ready to work on a greater range of colors, including green.

In the weeks after your treatment, the tattoo will fade as your body rids itself of the ink fragments. You may need several appointments if your tattoo is large or densely colored.

How to Prepare for Tattoo Laser Removal

Prepare for your appointment by being well rested, nourished and hydrated. Here are some additional tips:


  • Get a goodnight’s rest the day before the treatment.
  • Cancel the procedure if you become ill.
  • Come to the appointment wearing comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the tattoo and won’t chafe the site after the procedure.
  • Tell us about any medical concerns. Let us know if your health changes between appointments.
  • Tell us if you’re pregnant or nursing.
  • Before an appointment, inform us if you have cold sores or herpes. We’ll prescribe an antiviral medication if you need one. Take the medication according to instructions before the appointment.
  • Bring a friend with you for support if you like.


  • Don’t expose your tattoo to the sun, use self-tanners, spray tans and tanning beds for four weeks prior to laser removal.
  • Don’t wax or use a depilatory for 1-2 weeks before a treatment. Avoid skin irritants.
  • Don’t engage in overly strenuous activity before a procedure. Feeling rested is important to recovery.

Taking Care of Yourself After Laser Tattoo Removal

You can return to your regular routine after laser tattoo removal. The one caveat is that you should allow yourself time to rest and recover. Keep your schedule and activity level light for a day or two after a procedure.

The tattoo site may swell and skin may feel irritated. Here’s what you need to do to speed your recovery.


  • Stay hydrated and eat healthily. The stress associated with laser removal is akin to a strenuous workout or tough day at work. Take it easy while you heal.
  • Shower or bathe as usual.
  • Exercise as usual, but go easy for a day or two.
  • Wear clothing that won’t rub or put pressure on the tattoo site.
  • Use broad spectrum sunscreen or protect the site with UV clothing.
  • Let us know if you are concerned about swelling, blistering or bruising. While these symptoms are common, contact us if you have questions.


  • Don’t use a hot tub, sauna or spend time in other hot environments for 1-2 days after a treatment
  • Don’t expose the site to the sun.
  • Don’t engage in vigorous activity immediately after an appointment.
  • Don’t pick at the treated area.
  • Don’t use Neosporin on the area. Bacitracin is our recommendation should you need an antibacterial ointment.
  • In a day or two following a treatment, don’t use topical treatments containing retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic or salicylic acids and astringents.

We’ll remind you of these dos and don’ts during your appointments. Larger, more densely inked tattoos require more extensive treatment and longer recovery times. However, in general, tattoo laser removal is relatively straightforward. Most people experience only minor soreness and irritation.

The medically certified staff at the Untattoo Parlor effectively removes tattoos. Contact us for a free consultation.