The PicoWay laser is FDA-cleared to remove tattoos, acne scars, wrinkles, dark spots, and pigmentation, such as birthmarks and melasma. It’s designed to be effective on a wide variety of tattoo types and colors (including those that might not have responded to previous removal methods), and the settings can be customized to work on any skin tone, making it one of the best choices for tattoo removal.
PicoWay has three wavelengths—each removing a different range of colors—which gives you safer, more accurate tattoo removal with minimal side effects.
“[Picoway] can treat tattoos with fewer follow-up visits compared with other lasers,” says Dr. Ariel Ostad, a New York City dermatologist. “What separates PicoWay from other methods of tattoo removal is that this laser uses photoacoustic energy, as opposed to thermal energy. So this laser shatters the tattoo particles into much smaller fragments. Depending on the tattoo, you’ll need a series of treatments—four to five sessions—in order to see optimal results, with one month between each session” for healing.
Studies show that smoking makes laser tattoo removal nearly 70% less successful. So by quitting smoking, you’ll have fewer appointments, which means less pain and expense.
Each PicoWay session will probably last about 20 minutes, but your treatment time and the number of visits you need will depend on your tattoo’s size and placement, as well as the color of the tattoo and your skin tone. It’s usually not possible for your provider to tell in advance how many sessions you’ll need to completely remove a tattoo.
- PicoWay is so effective that you’ll have fewer treatments than with other laser tattoo removal options.
- There’s less pain than with other lasers because the pulses are very fast.
- The laser works on tattoos of all colors and on all skin tones.
- There’s less burning and scarring than with other laser options.
- PicoWay works well on tattoos applied by both amateurs and professionals.
- As with other laser tattoo removal options, you’ll need multiple sessions for complete removal.
- Results vary, and not everyone sees the results they want.
- Laser tattoo removal isn’t recommended for women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant soon because the process can take a year (or more). If you get pregnant before your tattoo is completely removed, you should pause treatments and resume once your provider has determined it’s safe.
Between sessions, follow these healing guidelines for the treated area.
- Apply a clean bandage for the first few days.
- Avoid soaking in water (which carries a risk of infection) and don’t use a high-pressure water spray (which could take off your scabs).
- Don’t shave the area.
- Avoid self-tanning products or too much sun, since pigmentation changes can skew the laser and cause blistering or burning.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing to let the skin breathe.
- Use an ice pack to help ease swelling or inflammation and ask your clinician about which over-the-counter painkillers are safe.
- Don’t touch or pick at any scabs.
If you have any questions during the healing process, contact us at 615-521-8847.