What is the difference between Q-switch tattoo removal and Picosure Tattoo Removal?
Picosure tattoo removal is known as the gold standard when it comes to laser removal. Compared to well known Q-switch laser tattoo removal, Picosure is a more aggressive approach consisting of multiple short pulses of energy that heat up and break apart ink particles. For the most part, Picosure and Q-switch will cause the same amount of pain and the processes take a similar amount of time.
The major difference comes in effectiveness. Picosure tattoo removal uses a stronger laser that heats up the skin faster than Q-switch lasers. This breaks up the ink into smaller particles than Q-switch lasers, making the ink easier to remove. The drawback of this is that the heat causes some major blistering and this blistering increases the necessary healing time between sessions. Additionally, because it uses superior technology, Picosure tattoo removal is more expensive in most cases.
How Long Does Laser Tattoo Removal Take? 6 Months – 2 Years
One common misconception is that laser removal is a quick process. Most people think that you can just walk into any clinic and they’ll quickly zap your tattoo off and you can be on your way. In reality, laser removal is a multi-step process. Before you even see the laser, you have to go to a clinic and pay a fee just to have your tattoo looked at or “diagnosed.”
Once your removal has been scheduled, you’ll then have to go to 3-10 different sessions to finally see results. In general, the Picosure tattoo removal process consists of about half of the amount of sessions as Q-switch removal.
Now the sessions themselves are actually pretty quick. They usually only last a few minutes or so but it’s the time in between sessions that really adds up. You see, what the laser does is it slowly vaporizes the ink within your skin. The problem with that is that it will most likely scar and damage the skin cells that surround the tattoo. This means that the skin will be extremely sensitive for a period of time and you will need to wait at least a few weeks to let your body heal.
Picosure tattoo removal requires less sessions than Q-switch but the healing time between sessions takes twice as long. Realistically, you can expect the process to take around 6 months at the very least and that’s being optimistic. It’s likely that you won’t really see results you’re happy with for a year or even two if the tattoo is big and complex. That’s a long time to wait and even then you’re not guaranteed to see great results.
If you want results in 2-3 months instead of a year, you can follow this guide and remove your tattoo from home.
Regardless of whether you choose Picosure tattoo removal or Q-switch tattoo removal, there are multiple factors that will affect how long it will take to see results.
The Color of Your Tattoo
The color of the tattoo is huge in determining how long you can expect the laser removal process to take. Dark colors such as blue, red, and black will usually fade much faster than lighter colors. Tattoos that are made up of green, pink, violet, and other lighters will take much longer to fade.
If your tattoo has a lot of light colors, you’re looking at a year or more before you get the results you’re looking for. For black tattoos, I recommend the Q-switch lasers while Picosure tattoo removal is the better option for tattoos with a lot of blue, green, and violet.
How Sensitive is the Skin Where Your Tattoo is Located?
Another major factor is where your tattoo is located and how sensitive that skin is. Obviously, the bigger your tattoo is the longer it will take to fade away. However, the sensitivity of the area can be just as big of a determining factor. If your tattoo is in a sensitive area I’m sure you already know because that had to hurt like crazy! The more sensitive your skin is, the longer you will have to wait for your skin to heal in between sessions.
Putting the laser to sensitive and scarred skin is simply an accident waiting to happen. You absolutely NEED to wait until your tattoo is safe to be operated on by the laser again. This is the biggest negative for Picosure tattoo removal. Picosure’s stronger laser does more damage to the skin and increases the wait time between sessions. Read more about tattoo removal pain
Natural Tattoo Removal: The Healthy Alternative
As you can tell from this website, I’m a huge advocate for natural tattoo removal methods. I believe it’s without a doubt the easiest and most affordable way to get fast results and always recommend home removal methods as a first option for my clients. Although my preference is clear, that’s not say that laser removal doesn’t work. The laser tattoo removal process is an effective one, but there’s a lot of drawbacks that you don’t face when going the natural route. For starters, it’s much more expensive and takes a longer time for people to achieve their desired results.
Additionally, whenever you go under the laser, you put your health at risk and can run into a number of different side effects but that’s another topic completely. If Picosure tattoo removal and Q-switch tattoo removal are your only options, I would recommend Picosure because it’s more aggressive and has a better chance of working. There are, however, other options.
A lot of people that are considering having a tattoo removed aren’t aware that other options exist besides laser removal. Yes, these options are a lot cheaper, but that’s not the only benefit. Instead of waiting 6 months – 2 years to get results, you will start seeing your tattoo fade in a matter of weeks. These methods rely on all natural ingredients that you can get from your local grocery store so not only are they better for your wallet, but they’re better for your health too!
Before going the laser route, I ALWAYS urge my clients to try some of the natural methods found in this awesome natural tattoo removal guide. Why waste your time and money letting a damn laser burn your skin cells away when you can remove the same tattoo in a smaller time period and for a lot less money?