This generates photo acoustic (sound) instead of heat (thermal) energy. Using acoustic energy helps make PicoWay a safer, effective & great treatment option for Asian skin and even darker skin types. As PicoWay works from the inside out it can deliver effective treatments with relative low downtime and post treatment skin reaction.
The 4 different wavelengths (532, 730, 785 & 1064 nm), multiple modes and handpieces allow us to target different skin problems and tailor treatments safely to a person’s skin type. For example, the 532 nm wavelength utilising the Zoom and Resolve handpieces, targets changes in the surface or epidermal layer seen in sun damaged Australian skin, while 1064 nm targets more deeply well into the skin’s collagen layer and can be used also in darker skin types.
- Sun Damage & Skin Ageing – freckles, textural changes including wrinkles, enlarged pores, fine lines and general skin appearance
- Milder Scarring – and can be used in combination with other treatment options for more severe scarring, including acne scars
- Pigmented lesions – freckles, age spots, solar lentigo, iron stains, some birthmarks (Nevus of Ota/Ito and Hori’s Nevus)
- Melasma – please note sun protection, fading creams and oral medications are first line treatments before laser!
- Post inflammatory pigmentation – including due to acne, burns and dermatitis.
- Tattoos and Iron Stains
For many treatments there is relatively low downtime associated with treatment (settles over hours or days). However, with stronger rejuvenating treatments, acne scarring, and birthmarks downtime can range from a few days to a week.
Transient acne-like eruptions can follow higher energy fractionated pico laser toning treatments. This normally settles spontaneously after a few days.
What are the risks?
- Skin damage or skin burns resulting in blistering and scarring.
- Post-treatment pigmentation changes can also occur, these are usually temporary but occasionally permanent hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) or hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin). The risks are higher for darker skin tones and in sun tanned individuals.
- There is also a small risk of infection or reactivation of the cold sore virus.
It is important that you have your treatment performed by a qualified health professional able to assess your skin, skin problem and expert in laser use (including appropriate treatment settings and close monitoring of your skin’s treatment response).
Schedule an appointment with our experienced team of cosmetic dermatology nurses, dermal assistants and/or dermatologists to see if this treatment is right for you, your skin condition, the risks associated and your needs.