PicoWay Laser Overview

The PicoWay system is not only known for its tattoo and pigment removal capabilities but also as an effective, non-invasive anti-aging device that can give skin a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.  We are also excited to have the The PicoWay Resolve system which uses a gentle approach to building new collagen and elastin in the treatment of acne scars and wrinkles. In about a 15- to 20-minute treatment sessions, the PicoWay Resolve system can transforms skin while leaving the epidermis intact. 

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego is at the forefront of the latest technologies and non-surgical techniques to help you achieve healthy, radiant, and younger-looking skin. In addition to PicoWay, we also offer PicoSure and PiQo4 lasers to innovate and provide solutions to common skin concerns.

What Conditions are Treated by PicoWay Lasers

PicoWay targets these skin irregularities and conditions:

Schedule A PicoWay Appointment at our Medical Spa in San Diego

If you want to remove a stubborn tattoo, have a skin rejuvenating treatment, or would like to learn more about Cosmetic Laser Dermatology’s other laser treatments, schedule a consultation in our San Diego office by calling (858) 943-2113 today.

What to Expect

The PicoWay laser uses ultra-short picosecond pulses to the skin. The resulting bursts of energy create a photo-mechanical impact which helps break up skin pigments or particles of tattoo ink. It works by utilizing two different laser handpieces that split the main laser beam into small, identical beams that can effectively target textural irregularities, skin pigmentation, and various complexion concerns.

 

Read our pre/post-treatment guidelines for the PicoWay laser.

PicoWay Laser for Tattoo Removal

PicoSure and PicoWay lasers used to remove a tattoo. Two years later, ink is nearly completely eliminated.For tattoo removal, PicoWay has three wavelengths which can be used to treat more colors than most lasers. It has large spot sizes which can penetrate deep into the skin as needed. The picosecond pulses are 40% shorter than other picosecond lasers, making PicoWay extremely effective while minimizing downtime and side effects.

Picoway Laser for Skin Rejuvenation

As a skin rejuvenation treatment, PicoWay works by targeting both the epidermis and the dermis (deeper layer of skin that lies beneath the epidermis). It creates tiny open spaces deep within your skin which your body will fill up with elastin and collagen, resulting in improved skin tone, clarity, and texture –transforming your skin from the inside out.  It also helps to even out irregular pigmentation and improve skin texture and tone.

And since PicoWay uses photo-acoustic instead of a photo-thermal effect, this means the skin will not overheat, making the treatment more comfortable than traditional lasers.  After the treatment, you’ll already notice an overall improvement in your complexion. You can resume your normal activities and even apply makeup over your treated skin within a single day of treatment.

Here at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, we make it a point to make our treatments as accessible to everyone as possible. PicoWay allows for the treatment of a variety of skin types, making it ideal for people of color who wish to have tattoos or skin lesions treated. To learn more about laser tattoo removal, visit ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Treatment Guidelines

During your procedure:
  • Your eyes will be protected.
  • You will feel a brief sensation of heat (similar to grease “splattering” or rubber band “snapping”
    against your skin).
  • Each brown spot will be targeted by the laser until the entire spot has been completely covered.
  • Cold air may be applied directly to the skin’s surface as it is being treated to help decrease the sensation of
    heat.
After your procedure:
  • The sensation of heat/intense sunburn (will subside throughout the day). It is OK to take Tylenol or
    Ibuprofen.
  • You may notice a “white frosting” appearance over the treated area. This will subside shortly after the
    procedure and then may look bruised or purple.
  • Redness and mild swelling may occur in the treated area.
  • Apply sunscreen with Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Dioxide daily. Protect the treated area from the
    sun both indoors & outdoors (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen).
  • You can apply ice (20 min. on and 20 min. off) the day of the procedure and the following day to help
    reduce the sensation of heat and to help minimize swelling.
  • Swelling typically peaks at 12-24 hours. If your treatment is being performed on your face,
    sleeping with your head slightly elevated at night for the first 2-3 nights will help minimize it.
  • Swelling may vary from patient to patient. Some patients may not experience swelling and others
    may experience marked swelling.
  • NO RUBBING, PICKING OR WIPING THE TREATMENT AREA.
  • It is OK to shower the day of the procedure.
  • Gentle cleansing is fine.
  • Treated areas will darken & look worse while healing.
  • Crusting/scabbing may occur (allow to come off naturally, do not try to remove).
  • Apply ointment until crusting/scabbing resolves (typically 5-10 days).
  • You can wear make-up (unless instructed not to by your physician) as long as you are not rubbing,
    picking, or wiping off the skin surface when applying or removing it.
  • It is important that you schedule follow-up appointments as instructed by your physician.
  • It is always a possibility that you may not get the desired result after one treatment. Additional
    treatments may be necessary to achieve optimal desired results.
  • Follow any additional specific post-treatment instructions from your physician.
  • Follow up with your physician in ______ days/weeks, or as needed.

Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns at (858)657-1002

Photos

PicoWay laser used to remove chest tattoo by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay laser to remove chest tattoo by Dr. Wu
PicoWay laser used to remove arm tattoo by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay laser to remove arm tattoo by Dr. Wu
PicoWay and Clear + Brilliant lasers to treat brown spots by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay and Clear + Brilliant lasers to treat brown spots by Dr. Boen
PicoWay and Clear + Brilliant lasers to treat brown spots by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay and Clear + Brilliant lasers to treat brown spots by Dr. Boen
PicoWay and Clear + Brilliant lasers to treat brown spots by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay and Clear + Brilliant lasers to treat brown spots by Dr. Boen
PicoWay laser used to treat sun damage and sun spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay laser to treat brown spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay laser used to treat sun damage and sun spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay laser to treat brown spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay laser used to treat sun damage and sun spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay laser to treat brown spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay laser used to remove neck tattoo by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay laser to remove neck tattoo by Dr. Wu
PicoWay and IPL to rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay and IPL for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Wu
PicoWay and IPL to rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay and IPL for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Wu
PicoWay laser to treat sun damage and brown spots on the chest by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage on the Chest by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Brown Spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage by Dr. Wu
PicoWay laser to remove a tatto on the neck by Dr. Boen. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay laser to remove tattoo on the neck by Dr. Boen
PicoWay laser to remove brown spots and hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay for Removing Brown Spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay to Treat Sun Damage by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay to Treat Sun Damage by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay to Treat Sun Damage by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser to Treat Brown Spot by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay laser to Remove Brown Spot by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser to Treat Brown Spot by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay laser to Remove Brown Spot by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser to Treat Brown Spot by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay laser to Remove Brown Spot by Dr. Wu
PicoWay and PicoSure laser to remove unwanted tattoo on female patient by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay and PicoSure Lasers for Tattoo Removal by Dr. Groff
PicoWay laser to remove brown spots on a female patient by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay to Remove Brown Spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay laser to remove tattoo by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay for Laser Tattoo Removal by Dr. Wu
PicoWay laser used to treat sun damage and sun spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Brown Spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Brown Spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser to Remove Brown Spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Brown Spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay to Remove Brown Spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay to remove brown spots and hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay to Remove Brown Spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay laser to reduce sun damage and sun spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser to Treat Hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu
PicoWay laser used to treat sun damage and sun spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser to Treat Hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Brown Spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser to Treat Hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu
PicoWay laser used to treat sun damage and sun spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser Treatment for Brown Spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay laser used to treat brown spots and sun damage by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay to Remove Brown Spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay and Clear+Brilliant Lasers to Treat Sun Damage and Brown Spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay and Clear+Brilliant Lasers to Rejuvenate the Skin by Dr. Wu
PicoWay and Clear+Brilliant laser treatment to address sun damage by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results can vary from patient to patient. PicoWay and Clear+Brilliant to Treat Sun Damage by Dr. Wu
PicoWay and Clear & Brilliant Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Brown Spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay and Clear & Brilliant to Rejuvenate the Skin by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Brown Spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Brown Spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser and IPL to rejuvenate the skin by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser and IPL to Rejuvenate the Skin by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser and IPL to Rejuvenate the Skin by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser and IPL for Skin Rejuvenation by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Brown Spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Brown Spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Brown Spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser to Treat Sun Damage and Brown Spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay laser treatment to remove a large tattoo from the back by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay Laser Treatment to Remove Tattoo by Dr. Groff
PicoSure and PicoWay lasers used to remove a tattoo by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoSure and PicoWay Laser Tattoo Removal by Dr. Groff
PicoWay and Clear & Brilliant lasers for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay with Clear & Brilliant lasers for treatment of brown spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay with Clear & Brilliant for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay with Clear & Brilliant laser to treat brown spots by Dr. Wu
PicoWay and Clear & Brilliant lasers for treatment of hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. PicoWay with Clear & Brilliant laser treatment for hyperpigmentation by Dr. Wu
Actual unretouched patient before and after PicoWay laser to treat sun spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after PicoWay laser to treat sun spots by Dr. Wu
Unretouched photos of patient before and after IPL and Picoway laser treatment to address sun damage to the face by Dr. Butterwick. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after IPL and Picoway laser treatments for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Butterwick
Unretouched photos of patient before and after IPL and Picoway laser treatments for skin rejuvenation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Picoway laser and IPL to treat sun damage by Dr. Wu
Unretouched photos of patient before and after IPL and Picoway laser treatments to treat sun damage by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Picoway and IPL to treat sun damage by Dr. Wu
Unretouched photos of patient before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatments for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatment for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman
Unretouched photos of patient before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatments for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatment for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman
Unretouched photos of patient before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatments for pigmentation by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Cynergy and Picoway laser treatments for hyperpigmentation by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after of Picoway and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) laser treatments  for sun damage by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Picoway and IPL laser to treat sun damage by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after PicoWay and Fraxel Dual laser treatment for skin pigmentation by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after PicoWay and Fraxel Dual laser treatment by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after laser treatment for tattoo removal by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed Before and after laser tattoo removal by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after PicoWay laser treatment for tattoo removal by Dr. Goldman. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after PicoWay laser for tattoo removal by Dr. Goldman
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Picoway laser treatment for brown spots and sun damage by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after PicoWay laser treatment for brown spots and sun damage by Dr. Wu
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Picoway laser treatment for tattoo removal by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Picoway laser treatment for tattoo removal by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Picoway laser treatment for tattoo removal by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Picoway laser for tattoo removal by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after Picoway laser treatment for tattoo removal by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after Picoway laser for tattoo removal by Dr. Groff
Actual un-retouched patient before and after IPL and Picoway laser treatment for brown spots by Dr. Wu. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed. Before and after IPL and Picoway laser to treat brown spots by Dr. Wu

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The following lasers are safe and effective alternatives to the PicoWay laser:

PicoSure  – treats unwanted tattoos and non-cancerous skin pigment problems

PiQo4 – utilizes nano and pico laser pulses and 4 different wavelengths to treat unwanted pigmentation

Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego is also one of the first offices in the country to use fractional C02 to remove tattoos.

Fraxel® Re:pair – laser penetrates the dermis and resurfaces the uppermost layer of skin

Active/Deep FX – a high-energy laser that targets unwanted spots and severe textural issues while stimulating collagen production

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