Although tattoos were an ancient art form that was only known to a handful of people, they have become immensely popular and many tattoo artists are now able to offer their services to a wide audience of creative artists.

Sometimes, dreams don’t come true. In many cases, a poor quality tattoo, a name not of our choosing, or poor care can cause us to have to remove the unwanted tattoo.

Two technologies that are most well-known in tattoo removal are Q-Switch and Picosecond. We will examine each one to determine its strengths and weaknesses.

Q-Switch Laser

The Q-Switch was the first laser designed for tattoo removal. It uses pressure waves that are measured in nanoseconds. The laser beam is focused on the tattoo and causes it to suffocate.

This system uses energy in a controlled way for a short time (one billionth of a second). It is very efficient in producing heat in blue and black. However, it cannot be used in other colors.


This laser uses pressure waves to remove tattoos. It is more modern than the Q-Switch.

Picosecond technology is even more accessible to less experienced users. It has a lower chance of burning because it’s more modern and controlled than the Q-Switch. Also, it doesn’t cause any alteration of pigments and works faster in all colors.

The Best Decision Ever:

Each technology has its own strengths and weaknesses, depending on which glass you use. It is up to you to decide which one you want to use. Before you submit a tattoo for removal, ask the tattoo artist for an explanation.

This post was written by J Michael Taylor. J Michael Taylor is an artist and owner of Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery. Looking for Tattoo shops in St Petersburg Florida? Black Amethyst has you covered! They provide an art-first approach to custom tattooing in a gallery setting.