You’re looking into laser tattoo removal, but there are so many laser tattoo removal systems out there, you’re having a hard time deciding which will be best for you.

The most common laser used in tattoo removal procedures over the last several years is the Q-Switched laser. Q-switched lasers use photothermal energy, or heat energy, delivered in nano-second bursts to break up the pigments in the tattoo inks. A nano-second is only one-billionth of a second, which is a very short amount of time, but in that time, the Q-switched laser generates a lot of heat, which can make the tattoo removal process a little painful.

The PicoSure laser uses photomechanical energy, or pressure waves, delivered in picosecond bursts to target the ink particles in the skin and pulverize them. A picosecond is a trillionth of a second, 1000 times shorter than a nanosecond. These extremely short bursts of energy prevent heat from accumulating, which makes the tattoo removal process less painful. Plus, the rapid energy pulses break the ink into much smaller particles that can be more easily absorbed and eliminated by the body.

The PicoSure laser allows the Neopulse physicians to deliver better tattoo removal results in fewer treatments. Plus, the recovery time with a PicoSure laser tattoo removal treatment is considerably faster.

At NeoPulse Laser Center in Roanoke, our physicians specialize in vascular surgery and plastic surgery, so you can be sure your laser tattoo removal procedure is in the best possible hands.

If you’re thinking about getting rid of a tattoo, or fading some current ink to allow for a quality cover-up, call NeoPulse at 540-283-6015 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.