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Restoring Youthfullness: Understanding the PicoWay Laser


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The PicoWay laser takes care of the minor imperfections present on your body – restoring your skin to the youthfulness you remember and strive to experience yet again. PicoWay Resolve is a new technology that we’ve brought in to the practice here at Dermatology and skin health that is a fractional treatment capability introduced to the advanced PicoWay laser device that takes care of benign pigmented lesions such as:

  • Freckles
  • Age Spots
  • Tattoos
  • Lentigines
  • Nevus of Ota
  • Café-au-lait
  • and other assorted skin irregularities

This breakthrough technology uses the shortest laser pulse available – measured in picoseconds (trillionths of a second) – to breakdown the pigment into the smallest particles possible. As mentioned, the pulses treat pigmentation, skin irregularities, and the overall signs of aging. The benefit of such short laser pulses is in the optimization of the delivery of energy to the pigmented particles which ensures that the pigmentation in question is effectively treated, while the least amount of heat gets transferred into the skin – minimizing or ultimately removing an amount of discomfort stemming from the treatment.

Frequently asked questions:

Why PicoWay treatments?

PicoWay treats a wide range of pigmented lesions with clear results in just a few treatments that are better served than other laser treatment options with minimal discomfort and heal time.

How does the PicoWay work?

Laser light is targeted at unwanted pigment in ultrashort picosecond pulses. These pulses shatter the pigment into very tiny particles which are then easily eliminated by the body’s natural processes. The PicoWay laser emits less heat energy than traditional lasers, providing a more comfortable treatment.

Does the PicoWay treatment hurt?

The degree of discomfort varies with each person depending on the nature and location of the pigmented lesions on the body.

What should be expected and what precautions would be taken throughout the process?

During your first visit, your skin’s reaction to the laser will be tested to determine the most effective treatment. Immediately following treatment, a cold or cool compress may be applied to soothe the treated area. A topical antibiotic ointment may be recommended. In the first few days, take care to avoid scrubbing the area or using abrasive skin cleansers. Over a few days the lesions will darken and sluff off.

How many PicoWay treatments will I require?

The effectiveness of the treatment depends on many factors such as the location, depth, size, and type of pigmentation. Some lesions will require several treatments for optimal results where some can be resolved in a single treatment.

Are PicoWay treatments safe?

PicoWay treatments selectively treat the melanin pigmentation while leaving surrounding skin undamaged.

Are there any side effects?

After treatments, patients will experience temporary discoloration or reddening of the skin around the treatment site. Some patients may also experience a temporary lightening or darkening of the skin. Not to worry though, the skin will typically resolve to normal pigmentation color in due time.

Can the PicoWay also treat tattoos and other discolorations?

Yes, PicoWay can also treat multi-colored tattoos. 

For questions or to schedule an appointment please contact us today.