I’m one of the dynamic duo here at Reno Tattoo Removal, (I think Ron is more dynamic just in case you’re wondering.)
Anyways, as I began this blogging journey with you fine people, I want to start off with a little info on the ever popular subject……QUANTA VS. PICO.
Now we are quite partial to the Quanta Q PlusC, which is what we use, and here is why:
(Here is where the boring laser jargon begins)
Lasers are like other technology. There is always going to be the “latest and greatest”, but is the PicoSure really? No. The proof is in the wavelengths. In fact, if you know your physics and where ink settles in the skin, the Quanta Q Plus C works much more specific at the EXACT depth that each color ink sits.
The Quanta is the only laser in the world to uses 3 TRUE wavelengths, 1064, 532, and 694. The energy of these wavelengths represent the depth that the laser targets the ink. They are very specific. Different color ink sits in different depths of the skin. Black sits the deepest and is easiest to remove, 1064. Red/orange sits towards the top of the skin, 532. Blue and green, though sometimes harder to remove, don’t stand a chance to the Quanta’s Ruby 694 wavelength.
So why does the PicoSure have a wavelength that is 755? This was one of the first wavelengths used for tattoo removal. It falls right between 694 and 1064. Essentially the reactions happens past the 694 (blue/green) wavelength and stops before 1064 (black) wavelength. Yes it works, but it doesn’t go deep enough into the black and it bypasses the red/orange. (which makes it harder for the Pico to get very dense black) Even though the colors are affected by the wavelength it does not hit any specifically, nor at the correct depth. Also the Quanta has the highest fluencies, out of any laser, in all wavelengths. (Strongest ink breaking ability)
Quanta is still the only laser that uses a square beam rather than a round beam. This is where the advantage comes in. On a circular beam, such as the PicoSure, spots are overlapped. Overlapping treatments result in skin damage that can be permanent (hypo pigmentation/scarring). With a square beam, pulses are precisely stacked in an even fashion for best results and least damage.
Remember, It’s not just the machine! It’s the knowledge of the technician. Anyone can turn a laser on, press a bunch of buttons and fire the machine. The extensive knowledge of how the machine works, physics, tattoo ink, anatomy and physiology play a huge role in safe and effective removal. We have taken multiple advance courses in addition to our original training. We eat, sleep, breathe this stuff…..well…. since we are a husband and wife team, its our life….ITS ALL WE TALK ABOUT!!! :)