WHAT ARE PICOWAY® AND PICOWAY® RESOLVE?
The PicoWay system is an advanced, ultra-short laser platform that is indicated for all skin types and FDA cleared for a variety of skin conditions, including acne scars, wrinkles, benign pigmented lesions and tattoo removal. The PicoWay system has 3 wavelengths (1064nm, 785nm and 532nm), allowing treatment customization across conditions.
WHAT DO PICOWAY AND PICOWAY RESOLVE TREAT?
PICOWAY features the shortest pulse of any picosecond laser available for the removal of pigmentation. It treats many kinds of tattoos, including colors that have been proven difficult to remove, such as blues and greens. It also treats various types of pigmented lesions, including, but not limited to: sun spots, age spots, freckles and Café au lait. PICOWAY RESOLVE uses a laser handpiece to split the full beam into tiny microbeams, allowing for the treatment of conditions like acne scars and wrinkles. It is an ideal laser treatment for skin of color and areas treated include the forehead, cheeks, noses, chin and jawline.
HOW DO PICOWAY AND PICOWAY RESOLVE WORK?
PICOWAY works via a picosecond (one trillionth of a second) laser that uses high peak power and the ultra-short pulse durations to reach below the surface of the skin to target pigment, such as dark spots or tattoo ink, and breaks it down into tiny particles nearly invisible to the naked eye. PICOWAY RESOLVE creates tiny open spaces under the skin that are replaced over time with new collagen and elastin growth.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS LIKE?
The treatments use a handpiece that is gently passed over the skin in a series of brief 15-20-minute sessions. For tattoo removal, a numbing agent is applied to the target area before treatment. During the treatment, the handpiece delivers energy with a very precise, high-power laser in extremely short pulses with great impact. The surrounding skin is left undamaged.
WHAT ARE THE FEATURES THAT MAKE PICOWAY UNIQUE?
The PicoWay system’s unique, proprietary mode of action uses an ultra-fast pulse and a “photoacoustic effect” for high efficacy, safety and comfort. For treating tattoos with PICOWAY, this means there is a potential reduction in the number of treatments needed and the time required for removal. For treating acne scars and wrinkles with PICOWAY RESOLVE, this means low to no downtime.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
Common side effects can include redness, swelling, and tingling that may last for a few hours to a few days after treatment.
WHEN DOES ONE START SEEING RESULTS?
Depending on the condition being treated, initial improvement may be seen after the first treatment. Typically, multiple treatments are needed for best results.
IS THERE ANY PAIN?
How PicoWay feels will be dependent on the treatment received. Those undergoing tattoo removal with PICOWAY are likely to experience some pain and discomfort with treatment. In some cases, patients may use a topical anesthetic to enhance comfort during the treatment. With a PICOWAY RESOLVE treatment, most patients report low levels of pain during treatment for wrinkles and mild to no discomfort for acne scar treatments.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME?
Because PicoWay uses a “photoacoustic effect” that reaches under the top layer of skin, rather than working by heating the skin, there is low to no downtime following a PICOWAY or PICOWAY RESOLVE treatment. Most patients are able to return to their daily activities shortly after treatment.
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