How to remove tattoos


If getting a tattoo for the first time makes you want to punch the person next to you, then getting a tattoo removal is a bloodbath. I didn’t feel something when I had my spinal anesthesia, it was a piece of cake. I had almost five trials before the anesthesiologist hit the right spot (it was my fault anyway). The after effect of the laser removal was worse than a heartbreak. It felt as though I was being skinned alive.

It took me months before finally deciding to undergo a tattoo laser removal. Honestly, I don’t have any regrets about my tattoos. I’ve had my tattoos for years and grew accustomed to them. But as you grow older, you have to adjust to the demands of your society and prioritize your career plans. And my career plan includes applying for a job that requires me to be tattoo-free.

Last year, I was curious about a pain-free laser tattoo removal cream that targets pigmented blood cells. It claims to be painless and cheaper as compared to the total cost of tattoo removal in some derm clinics. The problem with tattoo removal creams is that it’s quite a challenge to determine which one is really effective and won’t damage your skin.

When I first visited Oroderm in Gaisano South, they suggested Rev Lite laser treatment. They didn’t have PicoSure treatment in that branch and Rev Lite was the best option. I had a consultation and was told that I might have to undergo ten sessions for my tattoos to be completely invisible. The tattoo removal cost using Rev Lite treatment is 8000php per session with a 1-month interval. It is economical as compared to Picosure.

PicoSure was introduced last year. As stated on its website, “it delivers ultra-short pulses of energy to shatter tattoo ink and skin spots resulting in greater clearance faster, in fewer treatments with improved recovery time.” It’s popular because it’s not just for removing tattoos but basically removing acne scars.  Using organic oils may remove dark spots but it takes a lot of time and patience. Some people are actually using potatoes to treat skin pigmentation but I’m not sure if it’s truly effective. So if you’re interested to know how to lighten dark nipples and how to get rid of pigmentation and dark spots right away, then PicoSure is your best choice.

The Belo Medical Group gained the highest number of patients who underwent Picosure laser treatment. I didn’t choose to have my tattoo removal laser at Belo Medical Group because I was afraid of the extra charges. Instead, I went to Oroderm and was welcomed by Dr. Niel Oropeza.


My PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Experience ( First Session )


Choosing Your Type of Anesthesia


I was given two options: applying numbing cream or injecting a local anesthetic. I chose an anesthetic cream and until now I still blame myself for not doing my research properly. Unfortunately, the cream didn’t completely numb my tattooed skin. Until now, it’s still on top of my list as one of the things I wish I knew before I got my laser tattoo removal. 


Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure

The assistants applied cream and wrapped the tattooed area with plastic or Saran wrap an hour before the procedure. This is necessary since the heat will help activate the cream.


Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure

I decided to have the local anesthesia injection for my last laser tattoo removal. The doctor needed to inject almost thirty shots for this area. The shots were a bit painful yet tolerable. It was very effective in making the whole procedure pain-free, making me regret why I chose the cream during the first three procedures.



The Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure

Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure


Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure


Here’s a video of the PicoSure laser tattoo procedure 

Laser and chilled air

Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Procedure

Swelling after the laser treatment; pain level: 10/10


So how painful is laser tattoo removal? Almost ten to twenty minutes after the laser treatment, the throbbing pain seemed unbearable. I took pain relievers and applied cream before wrapping them with plastic. I went to a gig and drank alcohol after my laser tattoo removal. I felt fantastic. Believe me, the alcohol was a big help although I knew aspirin with alcohol was a major no-no.  


What To Expect After The Laser Removal Treatment:


Day 1:


Expect swelling minutes after the laser treatment. By this time, the anesthesia wears off and the treated area becomes extremely painful that you don’t even want to touch it. 


Redness on the tattooed area

The treated area becomes red and swollen, which is pretty normal after the laser treatment. It would feel as though you were skinned alive. As what I’ve noticed, the redness is noticeable on hard-to-treat parts. 


Throbbing Pain

Minutes after the anesthesia wears off, you will experience swelling, redness and throbbing pain all at once. If you don’t have a high pain tolerance, you can take pain relievers right away. 

After 4 Days:


I got scared when I saw blisters all over the treated areas. I thought something terrible happened like an infection or something. Then I remember that during the consultation, the doctor told me that I may or may not have blisters after the treatment. The blisters could go on for almost two weeks. But rest assured that with Picosure, you won’t get suffer from scars. 



Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Results


Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Results

Day 2: The trick is to never touch the area; the blisters are normal


Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Results

Day 2


PicoSure Laser Tattoo Removal Results ( Before and After Photos )



Hand Tattoos


Hand Tattoos


(The colors are not as bright as before)

Finger Tattoos



Picosure Result Photos


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Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Results


Picosure Laser Tattoo Removal Results



Why I love PicoSure


  • Though it’s not economical, the result is worth it.


  • The blisters are temporary;  after three or four weeks they’re completely gone


  • PicoSure’s results are faster than RevLite’s. Many doctors claim that a PicoSure session is equivalent to ten Revlite sessions


  • PicoSure is safer since laser pulses were shortened to within a trillionth of a second


Although you cannot deny the fact that undergoing a Picosure laser treatment is a bit expensive (considering the fact that I only paid 36000php per session including the cream that I had to use right after the procedure), the results are satisfactory. If you’re living in Davao, I recommend Oroderm and look for Dr. Neil Oropeza. He’s very professional and is very transparent about the charges. He can explain and provide specific details that you need to know about PicoSure.

Dr. Neil Oropeza
General Practitioner
Address: 64, Rizal Extension, Oroderm Clinic, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur


Having your tattoos removed might break your heart. It broke mine. My first PicoSure laser tattoo removal experience was painful yet refreshing. It felt as though I’ve survived long backpack trails, going to the bathroom without your favorite book, or BOREDOM. May I live forever.



I already finished my third Picosure session. You can view my laser removal before and after photos and compare the results here.

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