What is PicoWay?
The PicoWay laser is an FDA-cleared picosecond laser that treats acne scars, wrinkles, benign pigmented lesions (dark spots) and tattoo removal. The PicoWay laser first became known for its tattoo and pigment removal capabilities, but it continues to grow in use for acne scars and wrinkles.8
The PicoWay laser uses different handpieces and laser wavelengths for treatment of these conditions. Your healthcare provider will know which treatment is right for your condition.
The PicoWay laser has ultra-short pulse durations and low to no downtime following treatment.
How PicoWay Works
All PicoWay laser treatments use a picosecond laser with high power and ultra-short pulses. A picosecond is a trillionth of a second! The ultra-short pulses with the PicoWay laser are important because they lead to a “photoacoustic” effect that avoids heating the skin rather than a photothermal (or heat) approach that heats the skin and can lead to side effects, such as downtime and scarring.
Because the PicoWay laser uses ultra-short laser pulses, the result is a laser that has low to no downtime after treatment. Users can resume normal activities and even apply makeup over acne scarred or wrinkle treated skin within a day of treatment.
The PicoWay laser reaches under the skin for its impact, leaving the outer layer of the skin intact. Targets can be pigment from a tattoo, melanin in the skin that causes dark spots, or areas in the dermis (a layer under the outer skin) where tiny spaces can be created to allow room for new collagen and elastin growth in the treatment of acne scars and wrinkles.
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