PicoWay - picosecond laser
PicoWay uses a powerful picosecond laser that uses the shortest laser pulses available. A picosecond is a trillionth of a second! The ultra-short pulses are important because of their photoacoustic effect, so the skin is not heated as in a photothermal (heating) or procedure and can lead to side effects such as downtime and scars.
Since PicoWay relies on ultra-short laser pulses, there is little or no downtime after the treatment. The patient can therefore go back to everyday activities on the same day or the next day at the latest and even apply makeup after acne scar or wrinkle treatment.
The PicoWay works under the skin, leaving the outermost layers of the skin intact. The ultra-short pulses vaporize the target structures before the skin overheats. Target structures can be tattoo inks, melanin (responsible for coloring the skin), or areas in the dermis (a layer beneath the outer skin) where tiny gaps can be created to make room for new collagen and elastin growth treating acne scars and wrinkles.
PicoWay picosecond laser FAQ
PicoWay Resolve is a treatment using the PicoWay laser system. The laser beam is split into small microbeams using a handpiece. This allows for the targeted treatment of acne scars or wrinkles. PicoWay Resolve creates small open areas under the skin called vacuoles for new collagen and elastin to form. As a result, the skin is renewed over time.
Treatments with PicoWay are usually short (15 to 20 minutes) and need to be repeated several times over a period of several weeks. Your doctor will discuss a treatment plan with you that is tailored to you.
If you are looking for a laser treatment method that is gentle enough to avoid downtime and leaves the skin's surface intact, PicoWay may be the solution for you. Ask your doctor if PicoWay is right for you and can help reduce acne scars, wrinkles, dark spots or tattoos.
Side effects of PicoWay are mostly temporary and known to be associated with laser treatment. There is little or no downtime for patients. In some cases, local anesthetics may be used during treatment. The more common side effects include redness, swelling, spot bleeding, tingling, or reddish spots. However, these side effects may differ depending on the treatment.
PicoWay is certified for treating acne scars, wrinkles, dark spots and tattoo removal. If you are looking for another type of laser treatment, such as hair removal, PicoWay is not suitable.
While PicoWay is suitable for a wide range of different skin types, PicoWay may not be the best treatment option for your skin type due to the wavelength you require.
Treatment with PicoWay usually requires several sessions. Please bear this in mind if you are considering this type of treatment. Providers of the PicoWay procedure will inform you about the individual treatment methods and can provide you with the best possible information as to whether PicoWay is suitable for you.
Whether treatment with PicoWay is uncomfortable depends on the type of treatment. Tattoo removal may cause slight pain and discomfort.
During treatment with PicoWay Resolve, most patients report little discomfort when treating wrinkles, and mild to no discomfort when treating acne scars.
Depending on the indication to be treated, results are already visible after the first treatment. However, multiple sessions are usually required. A clinical study of benign pigmented lesions showed that after just 2 treatments, 87% of the lesions had a good response (in> 50% had a good or even better response).
During treatment with PicoWay Resolve, most patients report minor pain when treating wrinkles and mild to no discomfort when treating acne scars.