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Best Laser: Tattoo Removal Laser

laser tech educates patient about the laser she is using

What is the best laser for laser tattoo removal? It’s a good question with a lot of different answers, and no answer will be the same depending on who you ask.

It really depends on the laser technician’s experience and preference, as well as just knowing how laser tattoo removal works.

How laser tattoo removal works

Tattoos fade over time. This is because your immune system fights off the ink; however, the ink particles are too big for your immune system to get rid of alone. And that’s where laser tattoo removal comes in.

Specialized lasers will break up the ink particles into smaller particles that can then be flushed out of your body through the lymphatic system. Only certain laser wavelengths work to break up certain ink colors (and also work better on certain skin types), and laser manufacturers try to create better, more effective lasers.

Pico or Nano: Which laser is better?

Pico lasers and Nano lasers are two common words you’ll hear pop up quite a bit if you’ve spent any time around laser techs. But what do they mean? What’s the difference? Which one is better?


Pico simply refers to how quickly the pulse of light enters and exits the skin, and for Pico lasers, that time is a trillionth of a second.

When Pico technology came out, there was a lot of hype around how much it would transform the laser tattoo industry. From our perspective, it did not, but it is still an incredibly useful piece of technology.

Pico laser pulses are best when it comes to breaking up smaller particles of ink. They use photo-acoustic energy, a combination of light and acoustic sound waves, to break up ink particles.


Like Pico, Nano also is used as a way to reference how quickly a pulse of light enters and exits the skin. Unlike Pico, Nano lasers can go in and out of the skin in one billionth of a second, making it a little bit slower than the Pico laser. Some may say Nano technology is outdated, but it still has its uses.

Nano technology lasers rely more on thermal energy — heat — to break up the ink particles. We’ve found it to be more effective when breaking up larger ink particles.

Lasers used at Dr. Ink Eraser

Over the 20+ years Dr. Ink Eraser has been around, we’ve been able to try a wide range of lasers:

  • Discovery Pico by Quanta
  • Quanta Q-Plus C
  • RevLIte SI
  • Picosure
  • PicoWay
  • PiQ4

Of those lasers, the Discovery Pico by Quanta is our favorite. It allows us to use Nano and Pico lasers using the same device. It’s also powerful and can penetrate deep into the skin. Best of all, due to its wavelength capabilities, it can treat all ink colors.

But we aren’t going to sit here and say that it is the best option for removing your unwanted tattoo. The truth is all lasers are made to break up ink for your body to absorb. What’s more important than the laser is the tech operating it.

Experienced laser technicians will know how to utilize the best laser types for each and every patient and their tattoos and can explain to patients why that laser is the best laser for laser tattoo removal.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ink Eraser’s experienced laser technicians

At the end of the day, you don’t necessarily want to focus on the best laser for laser tattoo removal. You want to ensure your laser technician is an expert with decades of experience. Dr. Ink Eraser is a laser tattoo removal clinic with over 20 years of experience, so you are certain to find a technician at one of our locations who can help you get rid of your unwanted tattoo.

Contact us today for more information or to request a free estimate.