Q-Switched Lasers use very short but high energy pulses, typically only a nano-second long, that creates a photomechanical effect in the skin. This makes a Q-Switched Laser perfect for treating tattoos and pigmentation. The short but high energy pulses cause rapid heating, generating a shockwave that breaks down the pigment.
Not all Q-Switched Lasers are the same. Q-Switched Lasers are split into two categories: Active and Passive. Both generate pulses very differently.
While Active Q-Switched Lasers are the gold-standard for tattoo removal, passive Q-switched Lasers offer highly effective tattoo fading, perfect for a cover-up.
Passive Q-Switched Lasers are also used in the conservation industry for laser cleaning, as the laser breaks down dirt and grime while leaving the object of interest unmarked. Lynton Conservation Q-switched Lasers are used worldwide, including having been used for cleaning statues in the Vatican City.
Both types of Q-switched Lasers are also capable of effectively breaking down pigmentation in the skin, leaving it to be removed by the immune system.
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