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Quanta Q-Plus C Laser vs PicoSure

When Lasercare Tattoo Removal opened for business just over two years ago, it was to fill a void in tattoo removal in Alaska.  All of the lasers being used for tattoo removal were older technology with many unwanted side effects, and they were not very successful at removing tattoos.  Before bringing a new laser to Alaska, Lasercare performed extensive research on any and every laser used for tattoo removal. The lasers offering new technology were the Quanta Q-Plus C and the PicoSure lasers.  After analyzing both lasers, the results they produced, and all available research on them, we decided there was no comparison – the Quanta Q-Plus C was the clear choice…here’s why:

Ink Pigment Sits in Different Depths in the Skin:

Different color ink settles in different depths of the skin. Black ink settles the deepest in the skin, Blues/Greens settle mid skin and Reds/Oranges settle at the surface of the skin. In order to successfully treat different ink colors, you need different wavelengths to properly target each color and its depth within the skin.  In the world of tattoo removal, the two most important factors a wavelength has is 1) how deep the wavelength penetrates the skin and 2) what color(s) does the wavelength target.

When taking into account where ink colors reside within the skin, research has proven the best wavelength to successfully target dark pigment (Black, Dark Blues, etc.) is the ND:Yag 1064. The best wavelength to target the difficult Blue and Green colors is the Ruby 694 and the only wavelength to target Red is the KTP 532.   The Quanta Q-Plus C is the only FDA approved laser on the market that offers three true wavelengths (1064, 694 and 532). Therefore, it is the only laser that can successfully remove a full spectrum of color – period.

The PicoSure laser only offers one wavelength (755). The 755 wavelength was one of the first wavelengths used in tattoo removal and has two main pitfalls – 1) it does not target specific ink colors and 2) it passes right by red ink and can stop short of deep black colors. The PicoSure can have positive results in fading or removing certain tattoos, but its wavelength inhibits it from hitting exactly where it should in the skin to have ideal responses for complete removal. Also, the PicoSure can not remove red inks – period.


Even Energy Distribution

The Quanta Q-Plus C is the only tattoo removal laser to offer a square, flat topped beam.  This results in an even distribution of energy to the treated area so that you have complete coverage without overlapping (part of the reason it does not damage skin like other lasers), and without “hot spots.”  All other lasers, including the PicoSure, have a cone shaped beam.  In order to completely cover an area with a circle shaped beam, overlapping is necessary and results in blistering and damaged skin.  In the center of every circle will be a pinpoint of the highest energy, with less energy toward the outer edge of the circle.  This uneven energy distribution results in more skin damage overall, and visible spottiness of ink removal.

Specialized Training

No matter what laser is used for tattoo removal, specialized training will mean the difference between disfiguring scarring and clear, ink-free skin.  Even the very best tattoo removal laser, if used improperly, will result in a blistered, open wound.  The laser technician should be a graduate of an accredited laser tattoo removal training school, and should be able to tell you if the laser has had  regular maintenance within the past year.

Tattoo removal performed correctly with the Quanta Q-Plus C laser will leave you with the results you want without the skin damage you don’t.

You can read a report on laser comparison from the Journal of the Laser and Health Academy here.