PicoWay is a laser hair removal device by Syneron Candela that runs on a picosecond pulse solid-state laser system. It is considered the “Rolls Royce of Tattoo Removal” because it works in the picosecond domain. Picosecond is a trillionth of a second and this is much faster than the body’s ability to absorb heat. It means that it can deliver constant bursts of energy that only lasts for a picosecond while protecting the skin and underlying structures from thermal transfer.
Pico lasers are recent developments in the aesthetic industry that were initially developed to remove tattoos and brown spots (hyperpigmentation). So, if you want to correct a bad ink job, applying for a job, or if you are simply trying to correct a tattoo that was done out of impulse, this is the treatment you need.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. How does PicoWay Tattoo Removal work?
The PicoWay Tattoo Removal treatment uses picosecond technology that delivers photoacoustic peak power that shatters the ink pigment with minimal photothermal effect. Photoacoustic energy is a type of light energy that penetrates the skin and gently vibrates and disintegrates the target ink. This process also ensures that the surrounding tissues doesn’t receive any heat. So, the layer reaches under the skin, but leaves the outer layer intact which is a process called sub-surface ablation.
PicoWay is a kind of device that comes with three wavelengths in one laser system. The various wavelengths can treat a broader range of tattoo colours and types. The 532 nm (nanometer) wavelength can target red, yellow, and orange pigments, while the 1064 nm works on black, brown, blue, purple, and green. The 785 nm wavelength enhances the ability of the PicoWay system in efficiently treating blue and green tattoos.
Once the device is set to the appropriate frequency, it can effectively break up the pigment with the shortest pulses. These can break down the ink fast which also translates to less or half the number of treatments than what other lasers would require.The different wavelengths it comes with makes the PicoWay more efficient in disintegrating even the most colorful ink jobs.
2. How is it done?
A numbing agent or a topical lidocaine cream is applied to the target area prior to the treatment.
The doctor then applies the handpiece and precisely delivers the high-power laser in short pulses to target ink particles which provides significant impact.
3. How does it feel?
Many are apprehensive about tattoo removal because of its reputation of being a painful process. Some even claim that it is worse than when you got the tattoo. Unlike older machines which drove a lot of patients to skip tattoo removal because of the pain it has been associated with, PicoWay has some mild to moderate pain. However, the numbing cream applied at the beginning of the session can help control uncomfortable sensations.
4. Who is a good candidate for PicoWay Tattoo Removal?
PicoWay Tattoo Removal can be used safely on all skin types, however, a test patch is done as protocol to ensure that you don’t react negatively to it. Know that each patient is different, and there are patients whose skin is particularly sensitive to these kind of treatments.
This treatment is NOT advised for the following:
- Those with an Infection or acne breakout on the target area
- Individuals with a history of photosensitivity to infrared light
- Pregnant women
- People with seizure disorders
- Patients who are taking photosensitizing medications
5. What makes PicoWay different from other lasers?
The difference between PicoWay laser and older laser technology is its ability to deliver faster results. It provides more comfortable and possibly fewer treatments.
It has also been a concern for patients with previous laser tattoo removal to leave scars and create a ghosting effect (transient lightening of the skin as the melanin in the skin is removed in the same mechanism as the tattoo ink). The PicoWay prevents this from happening because it shatters ink without disturbing the top layers of the skin. It works internally through a novel mechanism called laser-induced optical breakdown, which goes beyond simple photothermal action of older laser devices.
Traditional devices for laser tattoo removal is not as inclusive because it only provides desired results on fair skin, leaving fewer options for those with dark skin. Even if tattoo is removed through traditional laser methods, those with highly pigmented skin are often left with scarring or hypopigmentation. PicoWay addresses this concern because it works regardless of the skin color.
6. How long does a session take?
PicoWay Skin Rejuvenation fits well into your busy schedules The PicoWay handpiece and high pulse rate translates into treatment sessions that can last for a few minutes. The length of each session may vary for each patient depending on the size of the tattoo.
7. How many treatments are needed to remove my tattoo?
The total length of treatment process is a concern for virtually all patients since it is not a one-and-done way to get rid of tattoos. Just as some elaborate designs require several sessions to complete, it can also take several appointments to shear ink molecules apart. The good news is that PicoWay Tattoo Removal cuts down on the amount of sessions that are needed because it evenly removes the ink from the skin.
Also know that the effectiveness of this treatment will depend on many factors such as age, size, location, depth, and the type of tattoo. All tattoos will need several treatments to achieve optimal results.
8. What is the minimum treatment interval?
There is no hard and fast rule on the waiting time between treatments. The skin type, individual physiologic factors, and location are just some of the factors that has to be taken into consideration. Laser manufacturers recommend a 4-6 month waiting time but there is a good chance that yours may be longer based on the doctor’s assessment.
9. Does PicoWay cause scarring?
Old lasers used for tattoo removal cause a burn by disrupting the ink and result in a skin trauma. This can lead to scabbing with the ink removed from the body with the scab. It may have been effective, but it can lead to scarring.
PicoWay prevents scarring by fracturing ink into tiny particles that your body’s immune system eliminates It is aggressive in getting rid of the ink, but it is also gentle enough not to cause damage to your skin. The short pulses is the mechanism which explains why the PicoWay laser is less likely to damage your skin pigment or cause scarring. It leaves you with a cleaner result.
Adding to that, our team is trained and certified to use these machines. Correct settings and properly matching the skin type helps get the desired results with minimal chances of scarring. We place importance on maintaining skin integrity as much as effectively removing the tattoo.
10. How much does PicoWay Tattoo Removal Cost?
The cost of a PicoWay Tattoo Removal will depend on the size of the tattoo, and the number of treatments needed. An exact quotation can be given to your after a thorough assessment has been done.
PicoWay sets itself apart by providing impressive results on different skin types and various tattoo colors, all with minimal pain. You can now correct that bad decision, and you don’t even have to worry about scars and discolorations that may serve as reminders.
Book your appointment with Dr. Anita Soosay at The Aesthetics Centre today.
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