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Pico Technology

Picosecond laser tattoo removal technology is revolutionizing the tattoo removal industry in it’s ability to clear unwanted tattoos more efficiently and quicker than traditional lasers. Here at Fallen Ink Tattoo Removal, we operate the most advanced and most powerful Pico and Nano laser technology available. Fallen Ink is the only laser tattoo removal clinic in Minnesota that offers PiQo4 technology. In addition to the PiQo4, we also operate the Quanta EVO and Quanta Q-Plus C, both of which have been coined as the “Gold Standard” for laser tattoo removal. Between these three laser systems, Fallen Ink is able to offer the most extensive tattoo removal solutions in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin – period!

Our PiQo4 laser utilizes both pico and nano technology.  Nano pulses are often used early in the removal process to break large ink particles into smaller, more manageable sizes. While pico pulses are typically reserved for later in the removal process to shatter very small ink particles into even smaller microscopic dust. The smaller the ink particles the easier (and faster) our bodies are able to remove them. Having both technologies ensures our ability to give you the most effective tattoo removal treatment possible.

What is the Difference Between Pico and Nano Lasers?


1/1,000,000,000 of a second

Nano pulses fire at One Billionth of a second. The laser heats the pigment at such a rapid pace that large ink particles expand and burst into smaller particles.  Nano pulse lasers are more effective for breaking larger pigment deposits into smaller more manageable particles.


1/1,000,000,000,000 of a second

Pico Pulses fire at One Trillionth of a second. Because Picosecond lasers have such short pulse distances they cause small acoustic shockwaves that actually shatter the pigment particles into extremely small (dust like) sizes. The smaller the ink particles, the easier and faster it is for our bodies to digest.

“ Having a tattoo removal system with both Pico and Nano energies often yields better results than using either one of the technologies on their own. ”

How Lasers affect Pigments



New (untreated) tattoos are full of larger ink particles. Nano technology has been shown to break larger ink deposits into smaller “Pebbles” more efficiently than pico lasers which is why we typically use nano technology early in the removal process.



After the tattoo ink particles have been treated with Nano technology, they’re at a more manageable size where pico pulse technology often times is more effective. We begin treatments with our pico technology to break the ink deposits down even further to dust like, or in this case, sand like deposits.



After a series of Nano and Pico pulse treatments, the ink deposits are at an ideal size where our bodies can now safely and efficiently digest the ink via our own natural lymphatic system through a process known as phagocytosis.

The PiQo4 has the largest Spot Size of any tattoo removal laser system

The PiQo4 has 15 different spot sizes, ranging from 2mm to 15mm. The effective treatment zone of the PiQo4 is over four times larger than any of our competitors! The larger spot size of the PiQo4 allows us to penetrate deep into the skin and better disperse ink particles. Studies have demonstrated that this type of treatment significantly decreases blisters, discoloration and scarring on the skin’s surface, since the energy is spread over a wider area.


Competitor Lasers don't make the grade

This image shows the effective treatment area of competing lasers with smaller spot sizes. Heavily saturated tattoos have ink particles that reside deep within our skin and require a large spot size to treat. Laser systems that have a smaller spot size sometimes don’t have the depth necessary to fully remove a tattoo. Additionally, having too much energy focused on a small area can result in an increased chance of scaring and blistering.


Multiple colors? Not a problem.

4 Wavelengths = Effective Shattering of 9 of the most Popular Ink Colors

The PiQo4 enables us to treat the broadest range of tattoo colors, on a wide range of skin types.

Since each ink pigment color absorbs a very specific wavelength, the PiQo4 is equipped with four wavelengths- 1064nm, 532nm, 650nm and 585nm – to target a full spectrum of color ranging from light orange to dark black.