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Nano VS Pico Technology for Laser Tattoo Removal

With the rapid increase in tattooing, there has also been a rapid increase in the demand for tattoo removal. Choosing where to go and deciphering all the marketing, including Pico v’s Nano technology, is not only really confusing but also time consuming.

The only real difference between picosecond and nanosecond lasers for tattoo removal is the pulse speed, pure and simple. Both are extraordinarily fast and both shatter the ink and shatter it well. The confusion for people seems to lie in the marketing campaigns by Pico companies. Marketing is a very powerful tool and if we want to speak recently, is very capable of spreading “fake news”. New research from MIT has found that fake news travels far faster and is much more likely to be retweeted. Elections can be won and lost by it.  Wrong decisions can be made due to it.

So here is the answer on this important question by an expert!

Dr Asraf Badawi, a world leader in laser technology, Assistant Professor of Dermatology of the National Institute of Laser Enhanced Sciences, Board of Directors of the World Academy of Laser Application said at The Cosmetic Conference in Sydney in 2016.

“There appears to be no difference between Pico and Nano second lasers [for tattoo removal] except marketing”

Pico technology companies are being sued for their “faster removal” claims. The most recent appearing in the news in the last two weeks.  You can read about it here.

We have had many clients coming to us from all different clinics, including Pico clinics unhappy due to false expectations and results received. Another interesting and “fake news” claim we have come across is that Pico machines are less painful. This simply is not true according to our experience. We believe it to be actually similar; however, we are able to reduce our clients discomfort by a couple of notches with our cold laser technology.

 Tattoo removal requires a multi-factorial scientific approach and a “cookbook” method can never be applied whether Pico or Nano technology is used. Tattoo removal is dependent not only on a gold standard laser machine; but the health of the immune system, the location of the tattoo, the ink colours used, the depth of ink, the type of ink, and the age of the tattoo.

We were recently approached by another laser clinic in the U.K asking about our machine. The concern was that they weren’t getting as good a result as us. All the specifications of their machine were sent to us. My first question was where was the machine made? The answer was China and here lies another problem. No, not all laser machines are the same and cheaply made parts cause damage. We posted a blog not long ago in relation to skin damage from inferior lasers as well as inexperienced technicians.

Not convinced yet, then have a read of this one – “The published literature and our preliminary results seem to indicate that current “picosecond” lasers are not expected to have a significantly better tattoo clearance effect in comparison with the “gold standard” Q-switched nanosecond tattoo lasers. … It is our opinion that top-of-the-line Q-switched nanosecond lasers will remain the devices of choice for tattoo removal.”

Most Doctors have their preferred lasers and an important thing to remember is that these lasers are often used in applications other than tattoo removal.

Pico technology tattoo removal machines are clearly demonstrating a zero improvement in performance.

Another law suit against Pico technology can be read here.

Another recent contributor to confusion in the purposed improvement of performance outcomes is the very expensive PDF Patch available to M.D’s only. They are a transparent silicone patch infused with perfluorodecalin that apparently is designed to remove the frosting response, allowing the technician to treat the same area several times in one treatment. One laser training company (30 years’ experience) have performed several tests with these and found that they actually increase pain, will not reduce the amount of treatments, increase healing times, and when tested, they actually block the penetration of the laser rather than aiding it. Their conclusion was that it is basically a really expensive silicon bandage that gullible clinics have purchased in an attempt to reduce overall treatment time.


How Renude Laser is different

  1. Intrinsic knowledge of the immune system and the application of methods to improve the lymphatics, the methods in which the ink is moved out of the body
  2. Applying our patent pending technology to expedite tissue repair, reduce pain and swelling
  3. A tattoo removal machine designed specifically for tattoo removal, not the beauty industry
  4. Internationally trained technicians
  5. Educated and active in Applied Sciences for 30 years and understanding that every client is different.
  6. Free Pre and Post Skin Care
  7. A laser machine that has a Photoacoustic effect not Photothermal effect ( sound versus heat)
  8. Square spot as opposed to round spot size
  9. 3 wavelengths to target all colours


Unfortunately much of the Laser Tattoo Removal industry is clouded by misinformation. It’s not like you can “pop the hood” on the laser machine to see what sort of laser it is, let alone how powerful it is when you come in for a consultation. So much of what is said has to be taken at face value.

In many cases, even the operator or owner has fallen for the marketing, such as Dr Pico in Sydney, who is now so disillusioned by the ineffectiveness of his machine, he is suing the company who supplied his Pico laser machine.

Other less scrupulous clinics must be aware their machine is either not suitable, even for black ink, or so weak in power that it will never remove a professionally done tattoo of any colour.  They will still happily charge clients good money and rely on the fact that most clients stay for 3-4 treatments even when they have seen no change in the tattoo whatsoever.

We have always gone with the science over the marketing, and have combined what we believe to be the best laser machine available, with our Patent Pending Cold Laser Therapy plus our pre and post treatment care to achieve the best possible outcome for tattoo removal.

For a free comprehensive consultation please call us on 1300 125 327

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