Enlighten Laser Tattoo Removal

Offered at our convenient location in Portland, Oregon

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

About Enlighten Laser Tattoo Removal

enlighten-deviceIntroducing the world’s first dual wavelength (1064 nm + 532 nm) and dual pulse duration (picosecond + nanosecond) laser system featuring superior results!

Enlighten features extremely short and high-power picosecond laser pulses which efficiently and quickly breaks down the ink particles in tattoos. A picosecond is one-trillionth of a second and is 1,000 times shorter than 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.

  • Safe for all skin types including darker skin
  • Exceptional clearance and results
  • Fewer treatments needed than other laser tattoo removal devices

Before & After Photos

Advantages of Enlighten Laser

Unwanted tattoos could now truly be removed more efficiently with less chance of scarring, less pain and shorter recovery time.

Several distinctive advantages exist in utilizing picotechnology over nanotechnology for tattoo removal. Depending on the ink colors and the size of the tattoo, it normally requires only 1/2 the amount of treatments with the Enlighten Laser. Nanotechnology also generates heat with longer duration, which increases the risk of scarring. The Enlighten Laser’s picotechnologygenerates heat 1000x faster, separating tattoo pigment into much smaller particles and at the same time reducing thermal collateral damage to the target’s surrounding tissues.

Treatment Process

Patients should avoid sun exposure or tanning for several weeks prior to laser treatment. Patients compare the procedure to a rubber band being snapped against their skin and typically much less painful than having a tattoo placed. Topical or local anesthetics may be available from your provider to minimize discomfort, if needed.


Most patients experience redness and swelling immediately following the treatment. Slight blistering may sometimes occur. These side effects are temporary. Patients can return to regular activities immediately following the treatment.

Enlighten Laser Tattoo Removal Results

You should be prepared for multiple treatment sessions.

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. Your provider can give you a better idea of the total number of treatments needed during your consultation and once your treatments begin.

Multiple sessions are required because 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, typically 8-10 weeks apart. Depth, size and color of the tattoo also impact the number of treatments needed. The number of treatments needed for tattoo clearance using the Enlighten Lase is typically much fewer (often half the number) than what’s needed using older (nanosecond or Q-switched) lasers.

Your Consultation

During your initial consultation our Master Aesthetician will examine your skin and discuss your specific concerns. She works directly with you to create a custom treatment plan to help achieve your specific goals, using the Enlighten Laser Tattoo Removal. All treatment plans are reviewed by Dr. Hayes.


The price for Enlighten Laser Tattoo Removal varies depending on your areas of concern, the number of sessions needed and your ultimate goals. Your provider and you will work together to create a customized treatment plan that’s tailored to your body, your goals and your budget.