Which is better Q-switched or Q-switched ND YAG laser for best safest results for a black orange red tattoo for rework? (photo)
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Black, orange and red tattoo laser removal
The pico-sure laser is a step forward it seems in tattoo removal, flashing faster than the normal q switched lasers, and theoretically with less tissue injury and clearing tattoos faster (twice as fast is their claim). These lasers are expensive and thus treatments cost more. Orange is a traditionally stubborn color to remove and the picosure claims better results. The red will have to be treated with the traditional nd-yag q switched or similar laser. Any physician with a picosure should have another laser to treat your red section.
I advise my patients with such tattoos that it will take time to achieve lighteining. To avoid scarring a conservative start to laser settings is important.
Black and orange ink tattoos - Buffalo Niagara Laser Tattoo Specialist
You can choose a picosecond laser like Picosure for black ink tattoos or others like RevLite or the Alex TriVantage.
Red inks are difficult to treat and require a 532 nm laser (Q switched) or a picosecond laser like PicoWay - note that PicoWay is different than Picosure.
Picosure targets blue and green inks and used high speed, high intensity laser that uses high pressure to disintegrate tattoo ink into very small particles that are cleared by the skin sooner.
Pastels colors are more stubborn to treat with tattoo lasers and more than one laser system may be needed.
Alex TriVantage has 3 wavelengths - 755 nm, 532 nm and 1064 nm, each with different advantages and so on.
The 1064 nm laser is great for black ink tattoos as it spares the melanocytes in dark skin individuals and high Fitzpatric scales.