The Truth About Q-Switched Laser Tattoo Removal
- August 21, 2015
One of the most crucial things to research prior to starting laser tattoo removal treatments is the technology that is being used. During your research if a business describes their laser system only by ‘Q-switched laser’ or ‘ND:YAG’ – stay clear! An easy assumption can be is that the brand of laser they are using isn’t of high enough quality to mention or they assume the client hasn’t done sufficient research and will accept this for being a ‘good laser’.
A Q-Switched laser is the best system for the procedure of tattoo removal, however the capability of these machines can vary greatly. Poor quality systems are being sold and used for as little as $2,000 and while entry level machines start at $20,000, medical grade machines will cost in excess of $100,000. While they may be ‘Q-Switched ND:YAG lasers’, we can confidently say “you get what you pay for”. A $2,000 car won’t run the same or have the same features and capabilities a car in excess of $100,000 will have.
The Quanta Q-Plus C in use at Think Again Laser Clinic is an Italian made laser system and the only true three wavelength Q-Switched ND:YAG system in the world. We are proud of the technology we use and its capabilities so will always refer to our technology as the Quanta Q-Plus C.
So what does Q-Switch stand for?
Q-switching is a technique by which a Laser machine delivers very short pulses at very high peak power (hundreds of Mega W), granting the most efficient photoacoustic effect with no thermal interaction with tissues. This term describes the process a typical Q-switched laser (e.g. a Nd:YAG laser) takes internally to efficiently produce light pulses with extremely high peak power.
Would you buy a car from someone before asking what brand and model it was? The same principle applies to Q-Switched lasers. Just because a business tells you they use a Q-Switch laser, means just as much as me telling you I own a car. It refers to the process the laser uses but will NOT reflect how efficient it will be. You must research far more into the brand and its capabilities.
Doing a quick google search will show many different branded and non-branded ‘Q-Switched lasers’ are being used to remove tattoos in various clinics throughout the country. However, the unfortunate truth is they will not all be able to provide the same results (if any) and some of the more inferior systems pose a very serious risk of permanent skin damage.
Making the smart choice for your skin
Currently a range of used “Q-Switched Lasers” are being sold from within Australia for purchase on sites such as Ebay and Gumtree ranging from $3000 to $20,000. Similar “new” systems are also being sold out of China and Korea for as little as $2,000. Medical grade lasers purchased directly from reputable suppliers with adequate components for safe and effective removal start at $100,000. These reputable suppliers also ensure the mechanics of the laser are serviced along with offering constant technical support, something which these Ebay/Gumtree purchases along with replica inferior systems do not have access to.
Unfortunately, under regulation in NSW in particular allows an operator to use inefficient technology that will in fact not be capable of completely removing a tattoo or at worst leave permanent scarring. We see far too many clients with obvious tissue damage as the result of being treated by these poor quality cheap machines.
In doing your research, if a business hasn’t mentioned the name of their laser on their website you have to ask yourself why? If the laser they are using is more than efficient to do the job and they are proud of the equipment they are using this should be their selling point. There are businesses out there who will be deceptive in order to gain new clients so it is important to ask the question ‘What brand of Q-Switched laser technology do you use?’.
This one question is crucial to ensure a safe and effective removal process.
Think Again Laser Clinic Sydney – Recreate the skin you’re in
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