Transform your skin from the inside out
Say goodbye to acne scars, wrinkles, dark spots and tattoos with PicoWay Laser
What is Picoway?
PicoWay is an FDA-cleared picosecond laser that treats acne scars, wrinkles, benign pigmented lesions (dark spots) and tattoo removal. PicoWay first became known for its tattoo and pigment removal capabilities, but it is now growing in use for acne scars and wrinkles.
PicoWay uses different handpieces and laser wavelengths for treatment of these conditions. The PicoWay Zoom handpieces treat tattoo removal and dark spots. And the PicoWay Resolve handpieces treat acne scars and wrinkles.
PicoWay has the shortest pulse durations* of any available picosecond laser for aesthetic use. PicoWay offers effective treatments with low to no downtime following treatment. Learn more about how PicoWay can help you transform your skin.
Before and After
Frequently Asked Questions
All PicoWay treatments use a picosecond laser with high power and the shortest laser pulses available. A picosecond is a trillionth of a second! The ultra-short pulses with PicoWay are important because they lead to a “photoacoustic” effect that avoids heating the skin rather than a photothermal (or heat) approach that heats the skin and can lead to side effects, such as downtime and scarring.
Because PicoWay uses ultra-short laser pulses, the result is a laser that has low to no downtime after treatment. Users can resume normal activities and even apply makeup over acne scar or wrinkle treated skin within a day of treatment.
The PicoWay laser reaches under the skin for its impact, leaving the outer layer of the skin intact. The ultra-short pulses vaporize their targets before the skin has the chance to overheat. Targets can be pigment from a tattoo, melanin in the skin that causes dark spots, or areas in the dermis (a layer under the outer skin) where tiny spaces can be created to allow room for new collagen and elastin growth in the treatment of acne scars and wrinkles.
Did you know that nearly 40% of those with acne have some degree of scarring? Many acne scars result from a loss of collagen in the skin. PicoWay Resolve is an ultra-short, picosecond laser that reaches below the surface of the skin to stimulate production of collagen and elastin, without breaking the outermost layer of the skin. In clinical studies, 94% of treated areas improved and patients were highly satisfied with results.
Millions of people each year seek treatment for their wrinkles. Wrinkles can be caused by a loss of collagen and elastin in the skin.
PicoWay Resolve is a non-invasive, needle free treatment option for wrinkles. Resolve uses ultra-short laser pulses to reach under the skin, without breaking the outer layer of the skin. Picosecond lasers are proven to stimulate collagen and elastin.
Skin discoloration is common, yet treatable. Dark spots, or benign pigmented lesions, such as freckles, liver spots (age spots), and café-au-lait (brown patches), appear in many people on different areas of the skin. Some spots are related to excessive sun exposure. Others, like melasma, can be caused by hormone changes, often impacting women following pregnancy. Many of these skin discolorations can be distressing and affect quality of life.
Tattoo Removal & Microblading Removal
PicoWay is a high power lower with ultra short pulses that shatters tattoo ink, but leaves the outer layer of the skin intact. PicoWay treats a wide range of tattoo colors across a broad range of skin types. Over a series of brief treatments, PicoWay can eliminate most tattoos. That’s why PicoWay is the tattoo removal laser of choice by the nation’s leading tattoo removal provider network, Invisible Ink Tattoo Removers.
Traumatic tattoos, also known as foreign body tattoos or explosive powder the saurismosis, are caused by occupational and various accidents that cause small particles of foreign bodies such as sediment, cinder, stone, metal, gunpowder, asphalt, dust or petroleum products to splash at high-speed. Pigmentation diseases caused by injection or following trauma into the deep layers of the skin can also be wrapped to form granulomas in the deep layers of the skin. In fact, both tattoos and traumatic tattoos are a type of hyperpigmentation, which is caused by skin lesions caused by foreign pigments.
The Zoom handpieces of PicoWay target pigment in the skin. Pigment can naturally formed, caused by too much melanin in the skin. This appears as dark spots on the skin that can either be seen at birth or form over time from sun damage (sometimes called sun spots), aging, or even be a result of medical conditions (such as melasma). Pigment can also be added to the skin, in the form of ink in a tattoo. In either case, the PicoWay laser targets the pigment and shatters it into tiny particles that are no longer seen through the skin
The laser beam in PicoWay Resolve is formed from the same beam-type used in the PicoWay Zoom handpieces, but it is split into over 100 identical beams, or beamlets. These beamlets reach below the skin’s surface in areas that are spaced evenly apart. Because the laser is so fast and powerful, it leads to tiny areas under the skin vaporizing using a non-thermal (not heating) effect, called a “photoacoustic” effect. Tiny open spaces are created under the skin that are then filled in over time with the growth of new collagen and elastin. PicoWay literally works from the inside out. The treatment does not cause the outer layers of the skin to break, so patients enjoy low to no downtime after treatment.
- Fastest 300 picosecond pulse– 532nm @ 375 picosecond, 785nm @ 300 picosecond, 1064nm @ 450 picosecond 730nm @ picosecond
- High peak power– energy shatters pigment ink into minuscule fragments achieving average tattoo removal in 5-8 treatments
- Only True 4-wavelength Laser System in the world– all 4 wavelengths 1064 nm, 730, 785nm & 532 nm perform in the picosecond range to treat all tattoo colours and skin types
- Photoacoustic Energy– Next to no heat means only 6 week treatment interval
- 8-12 months tattoo clearance-Less treatments and less recovery time
- Treat fresh tattoos
- Less pain than Nanosecond Laser
The years can be tough on our skin. Summers in the sun, winters without a good skin care routine, a regrettable trip to the tattoo parlor…Luckily, PicoWay™ can turn back the clock and make these common complexion concerns fade away:
- Unwanted tattoos
- Liver spots
- Age spots
- Café au lait spots
Safe for More Skin Types
In the past, people with darker skin types who received laser treatment could develop dark spots or light spots because too much energy was absorbed into their skin. The PicoWay™ laser, on the other hand, is safe for a broad range of skin types.
This cutting-edge treatment is a fractional laser. That means that it only affects a fraction of your skin while leaving the healthy cells around the treated area completely unharmed. This laser also operates at three different wavelengths of energy, with options that are less likely to absorbed by your skin.
Causes Minimal Downtime
This treatment’s ultra-short pulses provide a photoacoustic effect instead of a photothermal effect. These pulses will not heat the skin, which prevents unwanted side effects like downtime and scarring. PicoWay™ will also leave the outer layer of skin completely unharmed. Within one day of treatment, you can resume your normal daily activities — including applying makeup on the treated area.
Treats Issues Fast
PicoWay™ laser treatments are fast, typically lasting less than 30 minutes. Your appointment is so quick that you can schedule it during your lunch break. Plus, the laser’s effects are so subtle that no one would guess you ever received a cosmetic procedure.
Requires Fewer Treatments
Some skin issues will be resolved in a single appointment, while others require multiple office visits for the best results. The exact number of treatments will vary based on your unique needs, but you can expect to see results in less time than with other laser options.
More Comfortable for Patients
Since less heat is transferred into your skin, your procedure will be fairly comfortable. Patients who receive PicoWay Resolve™ generally report little to no discomfort, while those undergoing tattoo removal report a higher level of discomfort.
Nanosecond Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser system produces a lot of heat in the tissue during treatment. The recovery time for Q-Switched laser system is between treatments is 8 to 10 weeks vs 2 to 4 weeks for PicoWay Picosecond Laser System. This means you can do not have to wait for as long between treatments
Nanosecond Q-Switched laser system do not shatter the pigment particles as small as PicoWay Picosecond Laser System. On average to clear a tattoo you need between 10 to 15+ treatments for Nanosecond Q-Switched Laser System vs 6 to 8 treatments for PicoWay Picosecond Laser System.
Picosure was the first Picosecond tattoo removal machine on the market. But the PicoWay was released with superior technology that delivered actual picosecond speeds and has improved on this technology in three key areas:
The PicoWay and the PicoSure lasers both use picosecond technology to remove tattoos. A picosecond is one trillionth of a second, so these lasers are named for how they deliver constant bursts of energy that only last for a picosecond. However, although similar in name, the PicoWay laser has several key advantages over the PicoSure laser.
PicoWay is the only laser that has four wavelengths in one laser system. These 4 wavelengths − 532nm, 1064nm, 730nm and 785nm – are able to treat the widest range of tattoo colours and types. The 532nm wavelength can remove red, yellow, and orange pigments, while the 1064nm can remove black, brown, green, blue, and purple. The 785nm wavelength further enhances the already strong capabilities of the PicoWay system for treatment of blue and green tattoos. Because these wavelengths are in the same laser, multiple colours can be treated simultaneously. This is not possible with the PicoSure’s single 755nm wavelength. Dual wavelengths also allow maximum absorption into the targeted pigment and minimum absorption into the surrounding skin. This results in a safer tattoo removal with minimal adverse effects to the skin. Furthermore, multiple wavelengths are more effective at removing pigment from any skin type, whereas PicoSure’s single wavelength has difficulty targeting pigment on darker skin tones.
Another advantage the PicoWay laser has over the PicoSure is its shorter pulse duration. Shorter pulses allow the laser to shatter the pigment of the tattoo into smaller molecules that the body can easily break down and eliminate. PicoWay’s ultrashort pulses also mean that it produces a photoacoustic effect rather than the PicoSure’s predominantly thermal effect. Photoacoustic energy is a light energy that penetrates the skin and gently vibrates and fractures the targeted ink. This means better clearance, fewer required treatments, and a lower risk of skin damage caused by thermal heat
The PicoWay laser also outshines the PicoSure laser with its superior peak power. While the PicoSure only peaks at 0.36GW, the PicoWay has a peak power of 0.9GW. This is important because more power ultimately means more effective removal of a tattoo. The more powerful the laser, the better it is at blasting the pigment into particles that the body can absorb. Not only does PicoWay’s powerful pigment removal mean fewer treatments, it also means that the treatments can be administered closer together, thereby minimalizing the overall time and total cost required to achieve results.
With all of its advantages, it’s easy to see why the PicoWay laser has replaced the PicoSure as the most effective tattoo removal system on the market. As Hamilton’s only carrier of the PicoWay technology, Laser Spa Group can help ensure your tattoo fades away along with any unwanted memories.
We strongly advise you to research and visit a few clinics before making your final decision on the clinic you choose to perform your treatment. Price should only form a small part of why you choose the clinic. Professionalism, honesty and expert advice is as important, if not more important. If you choose the cheapest price, it can often become an expensive mistake in the long term. Look for a clinic with a strong reputation, happy customers and a commitment to service
- LSG clinicians are Syneron-Candela and Laser Safety Officer Certified
- LSG clinicians are all qualified Medical Aestheticians
- Extensive expert training on models before performing treatment on clients
- LSG clinicians understand skin response and device parameters to achieve the Maximum Effective Threshold, to ensure each treatment gets results
- Ongoing clinical training with industry expert medical practitioners
- Client care and education during consultation, treatment and post-treatment
- PicoWay is the leading tattoo removal technology
- Price match to ensure you get the best pricing
- 80% of clients achieve tattoo clearance between 6-8 treatments
- Finance options available
- Industry leading
- Less painful and faster removal than alternative lasers
- Able to treat fresh tattoos after skin heals
- Operating since 2003with 1000’s of satisfied clients.