We have had a few clients ask about the Picosure laser and how it compares to our laser, the NaturaLase QS 2J. So here is a photo comparison on similar tattoos and a little information about our equipment:
All lasers have their strengths and weaknesses. Here is the honest information about our equipment.
NaturaLase QS 2J Strengths:
- Energy – 2 Joules of Energy – Double Energy of Many Lasers
- Spot Size – 10 to 15mm (over 1/2 inch) – Deep Energy Penetration
- Speed – Energy + Spot Size = Faster Treatments
- Wavelength – Nd:YAG – High absorption into black and red inks, Low absorption into melanin (skin tone)
- Multi-Wavelength – 585nm and 650nm – High absorption in Blue and Green Inks
NaturaLase QS 2J Weakness:
- Consumables – Unlike Ruby and Alexandrite lasers (Picosure for example) an Nd:YAG uses dye pack hand pieces to treat blue and green inks. This equipment has a limited life span and must be replaced. What does this mean for our clients? Although our prices are competitive, sometimes very large blue and green tattoos can be expensive for us to treat.
NaturaLase QS 2J / Picosure Comparison: The lasers are very different and making a true side by side comparison is difficult.
- PulseWidth – The Picorsure’s main selling point is the pulsewidth, 550-750ps or .55-.75ns (ps=picosecond and ns=nanosecond) The NaturaLase QS 2J in comparison operates at 8,000-10,000ps or 8-10ns. Is shorter pulsewidth better? The simple answer is yes. How much better? That is a very good question and the answer has been widely debated in many different forums.
- Wavelength – The Picosure is an Alexandrite laser (755nm) where the NaturaLase QS 2J is an Nd:YAG (1064nm). Both wavelengths break up black ink, however the Nd:YAG has a lower absorption into melanin (skin tone) making it safer for use on darker skin tones. Both lasers produce wavelengths for breaking up blues and greens; and now the Picosure is offering a 532 wavelength so both lasers can treat red.
- Spot Size – The Picosure has a maximum spot size of 10mm, where the NaturaLase QS 2J goes up to 15mm. Because of this the NaturaLase QS 2J can cover 1.5 times as much area per shot, meaning that the NaturaLase QS 2J has both deeper energy penetration and faster treatment times.
- Energy – Because the wavelengths are different, the energy is difficult to compare. The Picosure produces 200mJ (0.2J) where the NaturaLase QS 2J produces 10 times the power 2000mJ (2J). How does this effect overall results? Please refer to the photos above.
Bottom line, researching tattoo removal can difficult, confusing, and sometimes even misleading. Here at Fade Fast we believe that our clients deserve a straight answer and that honesty and integrity are the cornerstones of a reputable business. Although we’ve done our best to give you a fair comparison, please feel free to do your research and read more reviews. Do you have more questions? Feel free to contact us online or setup an appointment and come in for free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate you taking the time to read this post.