Q-Switch Lasers Are a Thing of the Past

Until recently, there was only one option for tattoo removals. Today, PicoSure, which is a technology that utilizes picosecond lasers for tattoo removals has revolutionized the process, making tattoo removal faster and easier.


Tattoo removal demand has increased in the last few years and more people than ever are looking for the most efficient and effective ways to get rid of unwanted tattoos. Two options that are currently available for laser tattoo removal are the Q-Switch laser and PicoSure laser.

Given the significant benefits of using PicoSure for laser tattoo removal, here is why Q-Switch lasers are becoming a thing of the past now that PicoSure lasers are now available.

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    How Does Q-Switch Laser Tattoo Removal Work?

    As the first type of treatment to be developed for tattoo removal, the Q-Switch laser utilizes pressure waves and is measured in nanoseconds. With this method tattoo removal is essentially performed by focusing a beam of energy at the tattoo.


    The Q-Switch is a mechanism that allows this energy to be released in a controlled method which occurs over a nanosecond, which is 1 billionth of a second. With this burst of energy, a large amount of heat is released, which means that the beam has the potential to burn the skin if it were not carefully controlled.


    While Q-Switch nanosecond laser can be used to remove blue and black pigments successfully, it is not helpful in removing certain colors. The intense heat released by the process also increases the risk of damage to the surrounding tissue.

    What Makes Picosecond Lasers a Better Option for Tattoo Removal?

    A second choice for laser tattoo removal is the picosecond laser. The FDA-approved laser technology name for this type of laser is PicoSure. Unlike Q-Switch lasers, picosecond lasers use Pressure Wave Technology.


    PicoSure is a far superior choice to the outdated Q-Switch laser because can work 100 times faster, releasing a burst of energy in just 1 picosecond. This significantly reduces the chances that the laser might burn the skin or cause alterations to the skin’s pigmentation.


    Additionally, the picosecond laser is more effective at removing stubborn colors that the Q-Switch laser has difficulty removing, including green, blue, and purple. While black ink settles at the deepest level in the skin, other colors settle closer to the surface of the skin.


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    As a result, different wavelengths are needed to target individual colors of ink at their depths within the skin. This is a major reason why tattoo removal is so complicated and requires advanced technology.

    The shorter bursts of energy emitted by the picolaser also break down the particles of ink into smaller bits so that they are more easily absorbed by the body, increasing your chances of a fuller removal and reducing recovery time. People who undergo laser tattoo removal using PicoSure have also reported that they experienced less pain and needed to undergo fewer treatments.


    Since the development of the PicoSure laser, standards for tattoo removal technology have changed significantly. As people prefer faster, efficient tattoo removal, the PicoSure is taking over as the best option for dealing particularly difficult tattoo removal procedures.