Picosure Comparison

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:

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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.

Why Fade Fast; and more importantly why choose the NaturaLase QS 2J? The answers are simple: Experience and Results

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.

Laser Testing

After spending over 4 months testing different lasers on the market, Fade Fast Laser Tattoo Removal decided to upgrade our Palomar QYAG5 to the Focus Medical NaturaLase QS 2J. With so many lasers on the market all having pretty hefty price tags it was a long, tedious and expensive process. In the end we spent over $20,000 in research costs, but the hands-on experience was worth every penny. Below is a list of the machines we tested and a bit of information on each.

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Revlite200 Hoya Conbio’s Revlite was the first system we tested. Actually, it was the second time we had the machine in our office (we did a side-by-side comparison with the QYAG5 a year and half ago.) However, this time we treated significantly more clients. The verdict: Conbio makes good solid machines. There is a reason that both the Revlite and its predecessor, the C6, are often called the “Gold Standard” of laser tattoo removal. Overall the results were good and the local sales guys (Maxim Laser) were fantastic.
The next laser that we tested was the Lutronic Spectrum VRM III. Again, a good solid machine. Putting it through the paces, it compared very closely to the Revlite. There were several pros and cons but overall the main things that made the machine most attractive were a lower cost and a longer warranty. If we had stopped our testing at this point, I think Lutronic would have been our new machine, but we pushed forward researching more equipment. Lutronic200
NaturaLase200 Laser number three that came to our office was the Focus Medical NaturaLase QS 2J. This machine is unlike any other laser on the market. The hand piece allows for more settings. It has external calibration. But, the real selling point on the laser is power. It produces twice the power of both the Revlite and the Spectrum VRM III in single pulse Q-switched mode. In laymen’s terms this means faster, more effective, and ultimately less treatments for the clients. Also, because of the increased power, the NaturaLase QS 2J is twice as effective in treating blue and green ink, which has always been the shortcoming for Nd:YAG lasers.
Finally, we tested the Fotona QX Max. This laser really is in a class all its own. It’s a 1.6J machine, which means that it produces 60% more power than most of the Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers on the market. The machine is tiny and seems to be very well built. The hand piece is similar in functionality to the NaturaLase and is extremely light and ergonomic. It even has the option of a wireless foot pedal. Of all the lasers we tested, this was one of the most impressive and is still one of our favorites on the market. Fotona200

It took over a month of deliberation, but in the end we chose the Focus Medical NaturaLase QS 2J. Every machine we tested would have made an excellent addition to the business, but ultimately, it is all about power. If our practice included skin tightening, acne treatments, vascular lesion treatments, etc, then we might have chosen a different machine. However, Fade Fast only does laser tattoo removal. The speed and the power of the NaturaLase 2J just can’t be rivaled.

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Furthermore our decision was based on the future research, development and training that Focus Medical offered with the laser. Our technician, Allen Falkner, has visited the manufacturing facility twice, was trained to service the machine and still works closely with laser designer. What does this mean for our clients? By understanding the physics, inner workings and operational parameters of the laser, we can provide more customized treatments for our individual clients and ultimately give them better and faster results.

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Update: It has been two months since we integrated the NaturaLase 2J into our business and the results have been phenomenal, but that’s not all. Due to the increased power and huge ten-millimeter spot size, sessions have been 4 to 6 times faster than our older laser. Also, compared to some 450mJ systems, such as the Medlite C3, the NaturaLase 2J can, in some cases, reduce the time per session by as much 1/10th.*

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*1/10th reduction is a comparison of area treated per laser pulse – 6.5mm spot size (33.17 mm squared) to a 2mm spot size (3.14 mm squared)

For more information on the machines such as in depth comparisons, energy outputs per spot size, and final results of our trials, please feel free to contact us.