A Guest Blog By Cleighton DePetro, Director & Certified Laser Technician at Bare Tattoo Removal
Choosing the right tattoo removal laser can be a confusing and daunting process. There are many factors to consider and the physics behind the equipment is complex. How do you know what to believe?
I struggled with this two years ago as I prepared to open a clinic, Bare Tattoo Removal in Chicago. After doing plenty of research and talking to a handful of sales reps from a range of companies, I finally chose the Quanta Q-Plus C. I’m glad I did. Here are my top 3 reasons:
1) Advanced Technology with Three Wavelengths of Light
The Quanta Q-Plus C’s three wavelengths meant that, in my experience, I could treat all colors with just one machine. Although blacks and reds are the most commons colors, and their corresponding wavelengths of 1064 and 532, respectively, are common wavelengths among tattoo removal lasers, many people with tattoo regret have greens, purples, and blues. What would I tell them if they came for a consult? “Sorry, I can take care of the black, but you’ll have to go elsewhere to treat the blue…” That was obviously not a solid strategy.
Moreover, the 694 wavelength laser is a true 694 – meaning it does not bend light to achieve the 694 wavelength. This is important because true 694 wavelengths are more effective.
2) Affordable with No Disposable Costs
While the Quanta Q-Plus C may not be the least expensive tattoo removal laser on the market, I’m a firm believer in the old adage of, “you get what you pay for.” I didn’t want a cheap, unproven laser made in China. I also wanted to be wise with how much I spent. There are more expensive lasers on the market that claim to be better than the Quanta Q-Plus C. I have yet to see significant differences in terms of overall results or fewer treatments, yet some of these lasers are listed at nearly 3 times the cost of the Quanta Q-Plus C. Given that many living with tattoo regret already struggle with paying for an elective procedure, how could I justify a laser nearly 3 times as expensive? I would have to pass that additional cost onto my clients. I knew that would hurt business.
Another cost consideration was what the industry terms “disposable costs.” Often times, lasers come with hand pieces that need to be replaced frequently. Depending on usage, this is likely to be required every year or so. While it was difficult to get an exact list price on the cost of the hand pieces, it seemed that multiple hand pieces could each cost me between $2,000 and $10,000. That’s an added cost I didn’t want to have to pay. The good news is that I didn’t need to pay it with Quanta. The hand pieces are not disposable.
3) Square Spot For Optimal Targeting (Minimal Side Effects)
Many lasers come with a round spot. Some, the Quanta included, come with a square spot. This is something many may not consider, but a round spot requires overlapping of shots in order to ensure full coverage. A square spot, by contrast, can be precisely lined up next to the previous spot. This is important because overlapping shots compounds the heat absorbed by the skin and puts clients at an increased risk of side effects, including blistering, scabbing, scarring, hypopigmentation, and hyperpigmentation. Those are not things I want to cause.
There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a laser. These are my Top Three. I have not been compensated to endorse Quanta for this article, but wanted to pass along the knowledge. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me through our website, www.BareTattooRemoval.com.