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Q-SWITCH vs PICOSECOND

Don't Fall for Budget Lasers

You may have seen advertisements for cheap laser tattoo removals including some with celebrity endorsements. Before you fall for the gimmick, ask them if they use Q-switch lasers or picosecond lasers. This one questions could save you lots of time and money.

Learn About the Lasers

You should learn about the lasers before you start your tattoo removal treatments. Most places still use Nd:YAG lasers which are Q-switch lasers that produce light pulses of several nanoseconds. This is a 50 year old technology that has worked reasonably well for many decades. In 2013, laser tattoo removal took a huge technological leap with picosecond lasers. Picosecond is 1/1000 of a nanosecond, so the pico machines fire the lasers 1000 times faster than the nano machines. Our office features the advanced enlighten laser, the only dual-pulse, dual-frequency laser system that uses this picosecond technology.

Does It Really Make a Difference?

YES! The pico technology allows the laser to break up the ink in the tattoo into much smaller particles than the Q-switch technology. Your body is then able to absorb these smaller particles more easily, which results in the tattoo removal process being much faster. The patient below still had a visible tattoo after 10 Q-Switch treatments, but after 1 treatment with a picosecond laser, the tattoo is virtually invisible.

With our enlighten laser, we can successfully remove all of the most popular tattoo colors. Not just black but also red, yellow, brown, orange, and even blue and green. And you will get much better and faster results with the pico lasers than with Q-switch lasers. Check out our Photo Gallery for more samples.