Whether you’re dead set or just starting to think about getting a tattoo removed, the research process to understand your laser removal options can be overwhelming. There are so many laser removal companies offering multiple laser technologies with several medical and aesthetic uses. So how do you know which laser tattoo removal option is right for you?

Below, Ink-B-Gone compares two of the most popular laser tattoo removal options: the Quanta Q Plus C Laser and the PicoWay. Here’s what you need to know and how we can help you decide what’s best for your tattoo removal goals.


Understanding Each Laser Option

Both the PicoWay and Quanta Q Plus C Lasers are proven technologies and approaches commonly used in laser tattoo removal. However, there are some key differences in how they work to remove unwanted tattoos that may be important for you to consider. 

The PicoWay utilized a picosecond laser, meaning that it delivers high-power energy in trillionths of a second. These ultra-short burst energy waves also uniquely use photoacoustic (ultrasound) rather than photothermal (heat) energy which is found in most other laser technologies. Delivering highly powerful and extremely short pulses of ultrasound waves helps to efficiently break down the tattoo ink in deeper tissues without causing additional damage to the outer layer of skin.

The Quanta Q Plus C Laser is another very popular option found in the tattoo removal world.  As the leading option for photothermal laser technology, it delivers targeted, stable heat-based energy in a matter of nanoseconds, or billionths of a second. The Quanta Q Plus C also boasts special design and technology features specifically focused on decreasing downtime and protecting your skin.

Despite using different methods, the PicoWay and Quanta Q Plus C have a few things in common. First, and maybe the most obvious, they both use laser energy to administer accurate and adjustable pulse waves to remove unwanted tattoos. Additionally, both of the laser technologies work in sync with your body’s natural healing processes for flushing out foreign ink particles and repairing your skin cells after the ink matter is shattered by the laser pulse waves. 


What Are the Bottom-line Differences?

Even with these foundational purposes and functions in common, it’s their differences that make your decision so important. True, both are laser tattoo removal technologies with successful track records. But here are some key differences between their technologies that you should consider.

  • Quant Heat vs. PicoWay Ultrasound Energy

As mentioned above, the Quanta Q Plus C uses photothermal laser energy which involves a controlled heating of the skin to break down. Although photothermal energy has been long established in the aesthetic and medical laser energy, applying heat to the skin naturally carries added risks for scarring, discoloration, inflammation, and swelling after treatment. In contrast, photoacoustic laser energy uses ultrasound pulse waves to break down ink which significantly reduces the risk of unintended skin damage.  

  • Differences in Laser Power and Delivery Speed

While both lasers are adjustable to a variety of ink and skin colors, PicoWay’s power and picosecond technology makes it the most effective for removing all ink colors for all skin types. The trillionth-of-a-second pico-technology makes sure the ultrasound (photoacoustic) energy is delivered deeper into the skin tissue to treat more difficult tattoo colors without damaging the surrounding tissue.

  • Lower Costs and Fewer Treatments with PicoWay

Some people argue that the PicoWay is more expensive than Quanta Q Plus C treatments. If you consider the cost of just one treatment session, those people might be right. But the issue is that complete laser tattoo removal doesn’t take just one treatment session. It takes several. The Quanta Q Plus C laser can require more sessions and longer sessions, meaning you pay more over time. By comparison, you typically end up spending less overall by having fewer and briefer sessions because of how effective PicoWay’s technology is.

Regarding pricing, ultimately choosing a laser technology and approach that best suits your tattoo removal needs will save you time and money while giving you the best results. Even a more expensive laser session may cost you less overall if it more efficiently removes your ink, requiring fewer total sessions.


How Do I Know What’s Right for Me?

At the end of the day, each laser tattoo removal technology has pros and cons and each person has unique ink removal needs. Talking to a tattoo removal specialist about your options can help you decide if the PicoWay is right for you. Ink-B-Gone’s experienced tattoo removal professionals can meet with you, check out your tattoo, and hear your treatment goals to make specific, individualized recommendations for you. 


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