In this post, PicoSure – The Best Laser for Tattoo Removal you will learn about a new laser technology and the benefits this new laser will bring to you. You will also learn the similarities and differences between the PicoSure laser and Q-Switched laser, which has long been the conventional laser most commonly used for tattoo removal.
About Laser Tattoo Removal
Laser tattoo removal is a growing industry. More than $45 Million Americans have a tattoo, over 20% have regret and only 11% of people are actually getting their tattoo removed! Why is this? Well it can be for many reasons, such as:
- Fear that tattoo removal will hurt
- Tattoo Removal is expensive
- Misconception that laser tattoo removal will leave a scar
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What is a “Q-Switched” laser?
“A Q-switching (laser) allows lower pulse repetition rates, higher pulse energies, and longer pulse durations. Thanks to these differences, Q-Switched lasers have become recognized largely as the gold standard for most laser tattoo removal because they more effectively break up the ink into particles which can then be eliminated by the patient’s own immune system.” – Source: http://plasticsurgery.about.com/
What is PicoSure and why is it the best laser for tattoo removal?
Compare PicoSure vs. Q-Switched Lasers
What makes them similar:
- Both are lasers
- Both break up the ink particles that get digested by your body
What makes them different:
- PicoSure laser is measured is pico-seconds while Q-switched lasers are measured in nano-seconds
- PicoSure uses photomechanical/pressure waves while Q-Switched photothermal/heat
- PicoSure breaks down the link into smaller particles than the Q-Switched
What does all of this mean?
- People undergoing laser tattoo removal using a pico laser will have less pain
- Reduced amount of treatments
- Faster recovery time
- More effective on harder colors to remove in a tattoo (blues, greens & purples)
Related: R20 Tattoo Removal increases the speed and improves the results of your tattoo removal.
What are the downsides of PicoSure lasers?
The main drawbacks to the PicoSure laser is availability and per treatment cost. At the time of this writing, there are only 18 available in the USA. The cost of the PicoSure laser is very expensive for the doctor/medical spa. This is because of small supply of the laser, high demand, and newness of the pico technology for aesthetic use.
What does this mean for you?
It means that the per session treatment of a PicoSure laser is going to be expensive if it’s available in your area!
How expensive is PicoSure for Laser Tattoo Removal?
Depending on your area and the size of your tattoo, starting per session treatments cost at least $300. The benefits to paying this much is the reduced pain, reduced treatments, and faster recovery time. Some people find the increased cost to outweigh the downsides of the cost. In time as more manufactures create their own pico laser and production costs are reduced, those savings will eventually be passed along to the consumer (you.)
PicoSure Before After Tattoo Removal
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