Can Any Laser Remove My Tattoo?

PicoSure vs Q Switch Technology For Tattoo Removal

Getting a tattoo removed doesn’t have to be a daunting procedure. Yes, it takes time and money, but it’s an investment in a happier future that does not include that tattoo you no longer feel good about.

But not all tattoo removal is the same…

Different clinics use different laser technology – and not all laser technology is created equal.

Some are more effective than others. Some are safer than others.

Each manufacturer and the type of laser can have strengths and weaknesses, so the colors in your tattoo, how long you’ve had your ink, and other factors will all need to be considered before you start your removal procedure

So it’s important that you know the difference.

What Is the Astanza Trinity?

The Astanza Trinity is a Q-Switched laser that fires on three true wavelengths.

These wavelengths are the Q-Switched:

  • Nd: YAG1064
  • Nd:YAG 532
  • and Ruby 694

These three lasers work together to remove all the colors that can be present in tattoos.

How does the Astanzaa Trinity Q-Switched Laser Work?

Shattering the Ink Means Better Removal Ability

In the traditional types of Q-switched lasers, there are long pulse durations that are often between 30 and 100 nanoseconds. These heat up the skin for a longer period of time than the Trinity, which uses a pulse of just six nanoseconds.

Longer pulses are effective for some applications, such as lasers that are used for removing hair. For tattoos removal, though, shorter pulse durations work better because the ink particles are very minuscule. When the short pulse duration is combined with high pulse energy, a “shockwave” effect is produced that breaks up tattoo ink particles more effectively than other lasers.

Is the Astanza Trinity Effective?

The Astanza Trinity has been shown to be very effective.

It’s the most powerful of the different laser tattoo removal systems on the market today, and combines two lasers in the removal procedure for great results on the vast majority of patients.

The wavelengths are 532nm, 694nm, and 1064nm, giving power and precision to the removal of all types of tattoos. For top-of-the-line treatment that will work even on stubborn greens and blues, the Astanza Trinity is the laser of choice.

Is the Astanza Trinity Safe?

With a three-wavelength solution, there is unrivaled power and precision offered by the Astanza Trinity. In order to be successful at tattoo removal via laser, it’s necessary to have all of the colors removed from the tattoo. Traditionally, blues and greens are very hard to remove, while black is the easiest color to break up and disperse from the skin. Because the Trinity is the best on the market, and through the advancements in technology it uses, it’s able to target all the colors on the spectrum.

The Astanza Laser Wavelengths and Color Removal:

Different laser wavelengths target removal of different colors.

For example, the Ruby 694 laser cannot remove red because the wavelength is Ruby. To remove red it would be necessary to use the Nd:YAG 532. Knowing what wavelength and strength of laser to use means that the patient gets the best chance of removing the tattoo in the fewest possible sessions, with the least chance of damage to the skin.

You can learn more about the process for tattoo removal here.


That’s very important, since the goal is to get the color out without leaving scars or other unsightly marks on a person’s skin. The Trinity can remove ink colors that other lasers like the Cynosure’s Picosure cannot handle.


The peak power that a laser provides is important in tattoo removal. With the Trinity, the pulse duration and pulse energy combine to create the highest level of peak power in the industry. There aren’t any other laser tattoo removal systems on the market that will provide more power or more effectiveness when it comes to removing tattoos as quickly and efficiently as possible. Patients see their tattoos start to fade quickly, and fewer sessions are generally required when the Trinity is used, even for stubborn tattoos.


What is a PicoSure Laser?

The PicoSure fires Alexandrite 755nm with dye handpieces, which is a different color, wavelength, and type of laser removal method than what is used by the Trinity.

According to marketing materials, PicoSure was supposed to remove even the most stubborn tattoos.

That included the difficult blues and greens that past lasers had not had much success with. It sounded like a marvel of modern technology and engineering.

Is the PicoSure Effective?

While the PicoSure is somewhat effective, it is not as effective as the Trinity laser. We’ll get into more details about this in a later section of this article.

Is the PicoSure Safe?

According to certain sources, there have been multiple reports of the PicoSure laser causing long-lasting burns. There have never been any recorded reports like this with the Trinity Laser.


Picosure Marketing – Is It a Scam?

It seemed like something that would be extremely effective in getting tattoos to disappear much more effectively than lasers of the past or other, competing lasers today.

Unfortunately, the marketing and the reality didn’t match, and tattoos weren’t removed effectively. You can read some great reviews about picosure laser tattoo removal treatments here at RealSelf.

While it’s manufacturer, Cynosure, has done a great job of marketing their laser firing at picoseconds as opposed to the Trinity firing at nanoseconds, there are advertising claims made that simply don’t hold up to what the PicoSure can actually do.


Does the PicoSure laser work?

The Cynosure marketing says that complete removal can be attained in fewer sessions due to picosecond technology, but there isn’t any scientific proof of that.

In fact, there is currently a class action lawsuit filed in Chicago, which alleges that the PicoSure device doesn’t properly remove tattoos.

In some cases, the lawsuit claims, the device doesn’t remove them at all.

What’s the Real Truth About Picosure?

The lawsuit alleges that PicoSure does not effectively remove tattoo ink from some patients, and that it was completely unable to do the job for which it was designed, manufactured, and marketed.

In other words, not only was it not better than other options, it wasn’t even as good as other choices in laser technology.

Those older lasers that struggled with blues, greens, and complete ink removal still outperformed the PicoSure.

Cynosure’s “fix” for the problem was to install a software upgrade, but in reality that did nothing to improve the Picosure. In fact, it led to burns on some patients and was still unable to remove their tattoos.


Trinity Vs. Picosure – How Does the Picosure Tattoo Removal Compare?

It’s pretty clear that the Picosure rhetoric is a problem.

The abilities of the laser have been overblown by the company ever since the laser came on the market, and even though Cynosure isn’t backing down from its marketing claims, the number of companies and individuals in the class action lawsuit continue to stack up.

This is not something that is just going to go away on its own. Because of the significance of the problems experienced with the PicoSure, laser tattoo removal clinics and anyone who wants a tattoo removed should be informed and know what they are choosing so they get results.

The Trinity doesn’t have any class action lawsuits and doesn’t see anything close to the level of complaints that have been lodged against the PicoSure.

Instead, the Trinity offers the highest level of power to break up the ink and the best wavelengths for targeting that ink. That’s true with a simple black design, and true with large tattoos that are full of vivid colors.

The goal is to remove the tattoo in the shortest number of sessions because that’s easier on the patient’s skin and also costs them less. Even in cases where complete removal can’t be achieved, Trinity’s abilities are still far superior.

The Trinity Always Comes Out on Top

No matter what kinds of marketing claims the PicoSure device has, the reality of the situation isn’t the same. With the class action lawsuit against the manufacturer and many unhappy clinics and customers, it’s not hard to see that what PicoSure can do isn’t anything close to what the Trinity can offer.

The quality and ability aren’t even comparable, and the Trinity wins, hands down.

For anyone wanting proper tattoo removal from a laser that is going to work quickly, effectively, and efficiently, choosing a clinic that offers the Astanza Trinity for laser tattoo removal is the right option. Why pay more and not get the expected results, when the Trinity can be trusted to deliver?

The Fresh Start Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic Approach

If you’re located in or around the Austin, Texas area and are searching for an affordable laser tattoo removal clinic that you know you can trust, you’ve come to the right place. We use the Astanza Trinity laser removal system to not only provide a superior level of service to our clients in a more comfortable environment but safely target on all skin types problematic colors like bright blues and greens that most other practices simply can’t. Regardless of the type of tattoo you want to remove, we can give you the help you need when you need it the most.

If you would like schedule a free consultation or if you have questions related to tattoo removal, we are here to help with two convenient locations. If you live in the Austin area, you can go to our Fresh Start Laser Tattoo Removal Austin Clinic and if you’re currently living in the area surrounding San Antonio Texas, our Fresh Start Laser Tattoo Removal San Antonio Clinic can help you remove that unwanted ink from your body and get your own “Fresh Start”!

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