Picosure vs. Q-Switched



Are you tired of looking at that old boyfriend’s name tattooed on your wrist or that barbed wire/tribal thing going on around your bicep? According to a recent study, 40% of adults in the United States ages 26-40 have at least one tattoo. Tattoos have become so prevalent in society today that it has become a $1.65 billion industry and not surprisingly, 1 in 5 people who have a tattoo have considered getting it removed. 

Laser tattoo removal has come a long way in just a few short years. There are two main types of laser tattoo removal procedures: PicoSure and Q-switched Nd:YAG.

Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers are used mostly for corrective eye surgery, dentistry and removal of skin cancer. The lasers pulse the targeted area in nanoseconds to heat the ink underneath the skin. Q-switched lasers are effective, but PicoSure laser removal has rapidly become the gold standard in laser tattoo removal.

PicoSure lasers deliver rapid pulses in picoseconds—literally, a trillionth of a second—to the tattooed area to break up the small tattoo ink particles. While traditional Q-switched lasers deliver photo-thermal pulses that heat the skin and surrounding tissues, PicoSure uses photomechanical technology to shatter the tattoo particles.

PicoSure patients report shorter recovery time compared to Q-switched lasers and fewer treatments to remove the tattoo. PicoSure laser tattoo removal can even remove stubborn blue and green ink and can be used in areas that have already been laser treated.

If you’re looking for the safest, most effective way to remove your tattoo, PicoSure laser tattoo removal is the industry standard. Call Joie de Vivre today to schedule your free tattoo removal consultation.

Check out this infographic and see the PicoSure difference for yourself!

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