How Is the PicoWay™ Laser Different?

Published on November 16, 2018 by


It’s time to feel confident in your skin again. PicoWay™ is an advanced laser treatment that effectively removes dark spots, wrinkles, acne scars, and unwanted tattoos. This non-surgical procedure improves upon past technology to give you better results with minimal downtime.

How Does the PicoWay™ Laser Work?

PicoWay™ uses ultra-short, picosecond pulses of energy to target tattoo ink or natural pigmentation below the surface of the skin. These high-powered pulses will break up the pigment into tiny particles that the body can naturally clear away. PicoWay™ is also used to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in your complexion, which offers you a younger, fresher look.

How Is PicoWay™ Different from Other Picosecond Lasers?

Picosure was the first Picosecond laser device on the market, but it simply cannot compare to PicoWay™. This advanced technology is three times more powerful, almost twice as fast, uses tri-wavelength technology, and has significantly faster recovery time.

Two Distinct Treatments

The PicoWay™ laser system can offer two distinct treatments depending on the style of handpiece used.

  • PicoWay Zoom™: The handpiece targets pigment in your skin. This unwanted pigment may be naturally-formed, such as sunspots, or it could be artificially added via tattooing.
  • PicoWay Resolve™:  The handpiece splits the laser into 100 evenly-spaced, identical beams. This treatment creates tiny spaces under the skin that your body will naturally fill with collagen and elastin.

Resolves a Wide Range of Skin Issues

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
  • Freckles
  • Café au lait spots
  • Stretchmarks
  • Wrinkles
  • Melasma
  • Scars

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.

Faster Tattoo Clearance

Before PicoWay™ was developed, tattoo removal was primarily done with Q-Switched or Nanosecond lasers. These lasers delivered energy for only a billionth of a second and could not reach ink in the deeper levels of patients’ skin. Q-Switched lasers require 12 to 15 treatments over a period of 12 to 18 months to clear a black tattoo. In contrast, the PicoWay™ laser can remove tattoos in just 6 to 8 treatments over a 5 to 6 month period.

Targets All Tattoo Colors

Different colors of tattoo ink respond best to different wavelengths of energy. With other laser tattoo removal methods, this can lead to uneven clearance as certain colors fade away and others remain visible. PicoWay™ can deliver different wavelengths, however, which will tackle even tough-to-treat blue and green tattoos.

One Thing Is Just About the Same: The Price!

When you receive a series of PicoWay™ laser tattoo removal or skin rejuvenation treatments at Premier Plastic Surgery, you can expect significantly better results at a similar price point to other laser treatments.

Why Choose Premier Plastic Surgery?

Whether you are interested in PicoWay™,  the best hair treatment for hair loss in Pittsburgh, or one of our other cosmetic procedures, our goal is to restore your confidence. Our team combines medical science and surgical artistry to help you look and feel fantastic.

To request a consultation for PicoWay™ laser tattoo removal, PicoWay™ Resolve, or the best hair regrowth treatment in Pittsburgh, call 724-472-4268.

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