Are picosecond lasers the future of tattoo removal?
The Truth Behind the Picosecond Laser Phenomena...
Over the past 3 – 4 years, a number of aesthetic technology manufacturers have released picosecond laser platforms into the marketplace alongside multi-million-dollar marketing campaigns promoting their many clinical benefits - primarily the reduction in the number of treatments required for clearance of unwanted tattoos and pigmented lesions.
Picosecond lasers are a relatively new technology within the aesthetic marketplace and have been spoken about as the future for faster and more effective tattoo removal treatment.
In theory, the advent of picosecond lasers helps deliver an increased photoacoustic component compared to their nanosecond predecessors, which has been seen to reduce thermal damage to the surrounding tissues: exactly what is required when looking to reduce the amount of treatments needed for clearance of unwanted tattoos and pigmented lesions.
While highly effective, picosecond lasers currently lack the well-evidenced safety profile of nanosecond lasers. However, next generation picosecond lasers, such as the new PICO SERIES™, overcome these challenges by combining both picosecond and nanosecond technology, allowing the effective and safe removal of tattoos on all skin types.
As well as their unique ability to combine the efficacy and speed of picosecond pulses with the proven safety profile of nanosecond Q-switched pulses at 1064nm & 532nm, the PICO SERIES™ stands alone in its additional 694nm (Ruby) laser. A Ruby laser helps deliver clearance of ALL treatable tattoo colours including notoriously hard to treat greens and blue pigments.
The new PICO SERIES™ platforms also provide the industry’s highest peak power at 1.8GW along with the shortest pulse duration available across all picosecond platforms (375ps). This ultra-high specification is needed to achieve the optimum photomechanical effect - a requirement to increase the speed at which the laser shatters tattoo pigments particles.
As next generation picosecond lasers, the PICO SERIES™ has the unique ability to use the proven safety profile of traditional nanosecond pulses in combination with the increased photoacoustic effect of picosecond laser technology.
Both models also provide the new FraxTip™ lens attachment for skin rejuvenation with results comparable to those usually only achieved with more ablative technologies. FraxTip™ lens highly concentrates energy generated by the laser leading to a photomechanical induced trauma on the epidermis, resulting in increased collagen and elastin production while preventing any significant thermal damage to surrounding tissue.
See Before & After Results and find out more about the PICO SERIES™ on the link below: