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PicoSure Tattoo Removal: The New Kid on the Block

Picosure (or Pico) tattoo removal method is fairly new on the scene. It has been trialled and used in certain parts of the USA with a fair amount of success. It simply is the evolution of the traditional laser tattoo removal method into a smaller, more powerful and thus a quicker tattoo removal tool. This means that it is still a laser and uses pulses of light generated by the laser in order to penetrate the skin and break up the ink particles from your tattoo of choice to be removed so that your natural defences can then take over and do the rest when it comes to disposing of the ink particles that have been broken up by the laser. How does it work? This is the question on everybody’s mind. How does it work? Simply put, it emits bursts of laser at a much faster period and at a much shorter wavelength. Think of it like this: A woman of average weight and height wearing stilettos produces more pressure than a fully grown elephant. This is why you see on wooden floors (usually dance floors) in bars and clubs etc small little circular marks. It is the stiletto heal that has dug itself into the wooden floor. What has this got to do with Pico laser tattoo removal? Good question. The answer is simple. Surface Area. In terms of physics, the smaller the surface area, the more pressure it will emit on that specific spot. Thus when talking about it in terms of the Pico tattoo removal method, the laser emits a much shorter wavelength pulse (lessening the surface area even more than the traditional laser method) and at a much faster speed. The combination of these 2 elements within the laser means that the ink particles can now be broken down even further into smaller particles so the removal process will be quicker requiring less laser treatment sessions. PicoSecond vs NanoSecond So the 2 elements of change are surface area and speed. Speed – Pico laser treatment delivers pulses of energy to the skin in trillionths of a second. Traditional Q switched lasers are slower (a billionth of a second). Surface Area – Pico laser treatment bursts are 100X shorter in wavelength than traditional Q Switched laser bursts are. The battle then seems to be won by the New Kid on the Block. It seems like a fitting “evolution” to the ongoing laser tattoo removal methods. Before and After Pics

r20 tattoo removal: Is it for you?

What is the r20 tattoo removal method? The r20 tattoo removal method is simply a quicker method of removing tattoos using a q switched laser. The same process of using a q switched laser applies, with a single difference. That difference is quick repetition. Typically what happened in the past when you went to a tattoo removal clinic to have your tattoo removed by laser treatment the process was quite long and tedious. Your tattoo got “zapped” by the laser and you were then told to go home and come back after 6-8 weeks to let it heal and let your natural defences dispose of some of the broken down ink particles. This meant that the removal of a stubborn tattoo can take as long as 1 year + How does it work? There have been studies and experiments in laser tattoo removal since it first came to being focusing on shortening the treatment time and getting a quicker result. There is a medical paper published that outlines the r20 process that was conducted in Athens Greece. The basics of this new type of treatment is that it involves repetition on a much shorter time scale. In essence the patient will have their first treatment with the q switched laser but then instead of going away and returning for the next treatment in 6-8 weeks, the next treatment is given just after 20 minutes. This process is repeated a total of 4 times. The results of this study can be found by visiting this website: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22036610 Is this for you? After reading on many forums about the r20 tattoo removal method, there have both the good and the bad. The good: Time taken to remove the unwanted tattoo is drastically shortened. Results are visible in a much quicker time period, which means you get encouraged. The bad: The experiment was only tested on a few people and thus cannot be conclusive to a mass population. Pain is augmented as the repetitions increase. The conclusion is that more research and test subjects are needed to gain the experience needed for the procedure to become more mainstream as it is still in its infancy stages and is not very well known. Just like when laser eye surgery came out and there were a lot of stories in the news about procedures going wrong and people were left with little to no eye sight, or others had to go back regularly to get the procedure done again as their eyes deteriorated to the same state as previously. I would only use the r20 tattoo removal method if you are on a time sensitive basis to remove your tattoo like if you want to join the police force and have to submit an application by a certain deadline and are not allowed to have tattoos in specific places. I would always opt for the traditional method (just like the famous saying “good things come to those who wait”).