PiQo4 Laser Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal has recently reached an all-new level. Lumenis®, a global leader in energy-based technologies, has developed a brand-new picosecond laser called the PiQo4. This laser is the most powerful tattoo and pigment removal solution in the world. At Colorado Skin & Vein, we are thrilled to be one of three to five exclusive spots in the United States to have this laser that isn’t even on the market yet.

PiQo4 vs. Other Lasers

Before PiQo4, the best laser on the market was PicoSure®. Comparative research shows that PiQo4 is four times faster than PicoSure®! Not only is it faster, but it’s also much more powerful, far less painful, and noticeably more effective even after a single treatment. Because PiQo4 uses picosecond pulses, it breaks pigment particles more efficiently than traditional Q-switched laser treatments, which use nanosecond pulses. Due to the smaller spot size and slower pulse durations, other tattoo removal lasers have a higher rate of side effects such as blistering, ghosting, scarring, and poor ink removal.

The Benefits of PiQo4

Here are the advantages of choosing PiQo4 for your tattoo removal treatments:

  • Less painful
  • Fewer treatments required
  • Large spot size facilitates a faster treatment time (four times faster than PicoSure®!)
  • Faster healing
  • Comprehensive treatment for all colors, including difficult blues and greens
  • Deep reach for deep pigment shattering
  • Effective in treating tattoos that have failed in prior removal attempts
  • Independent control of spot size, energy, and pulse

PiQo4 can also treat a variety of other skin conditions and provides skin resurfacing to produce a more even skin tone. This system maximizes convenience while maintaining the highest standard of power and technological capability.

FAQs

How effective is PiQo4 in removing different colors of tattoo ink?

PiQo4 has four different wavelengths that allow it to shatter nine of the most popular tattoo ink colors. These wavelengths are 1064nm, 532nm, 650nm, and 585nm, and they can treat colors ranging from light orange and red to green, blue, purple, black, and other colors. PiQo4’s large spot size and high peak power (10 times that of other laser systems) make it the most effective multicolor tattoo ink removal system available.

What about tattoos resistant to prior treatment?

Because the spot size is so large and the pulse fires so quickly, the PiQo4 laser can successfully treat many tattoos that have failed removal with other devices. In many cases with tattoos that are resistant to removal, the ink particles are only partially broken down and become too small for the device being used to be effective. However, they still remain large enough to be seen as a partially removed tattoo. Since Picosecond pulses are effective in breaking down smaller ink particles, the PiQo4 can be effective on these partially treated tattoos that other systems simply cannot treat.

Why does spot size matter?

A larger spot size for laser tattoo removal along with the wavelengths determine how deeply a pulse penetrates into the skin. This more effectively breaks up the ink particles. Research shows that larger spot sizes decrease the rate of blisters, discoloration, and scarring as side effects of the treatment because the energy is spread over a wider surface area. The PiQo4 laser goes up to 15mm, which is a full four times larger than any other laser in the industry.

What other uses does the PiQo4 laser have?

In addition to erasing unwanted tattoos, the PiQo4 laser can treat other problems such as sun spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (brown scarring), and many other pigmented lesions.

Colorado Skin & Vein is one of only a few practices to have the PiQo4 laser. With its ability to remove tattoo ink and treat a broad range of other skin conditions, PiQo4 offers a range of solutions that can enhance your appearance. Our dermatologists are pleased to be able to provide you this life-changing treatment. To schedule your consultation, call 303.683.3235 or complete our online contact form today.

Dr. Verebelyi is a member of ASLMS, ABVLM, AAFP and Mensa

Dr. Verebelyi is a nationally recognized authority on laser surgery. He is board certified by both the American Board of Family Practice and The American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine. Dr. Verebelyi helped create the Fundamentals of Laser Surgery course given by American Society of Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) where he has worked as both a director and instructor. He is a Fellow at the ASLMS, member of the American College of Phlebology and a member of Mensa.

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