By Carolyn Hansen, FNP-BC
Is your skin showing the results of spending too much time in the sun? Have you had a less-than-stellar skin care routine? Are you ready to fade or remove an “interesting” tattoo? Whatever your reasons may be, there are innovative options to help rejuvenate your skin. Stop regretting old mistakes that affect your skin’s appearance with the PicoWay laser.
PicoWay is an FDA-cleared picosecond laser that treats acne scars, wrinkles, and benign pigmented lesions (dark spots) and removes tattoos. PicoWay first became known for its tattoo and pigment removal capabilities, but it is now growing in use for acne scars and wrinkles.
How PicoWay Works
All PicoWay treatments use a picosecond laser with high power and the shortest laser pulses available. A picosecond is a trillionth of a second! The ultra-short pulses with PicoWay 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 down-time and scarring.
The PicoWay laser reaches under the skin for maximum impact, leaving the outer layer of the skin intact. The ultra-short pulses vaporize their targets before the skin has the chance to overheat. 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.
There are vast numbers of people across age groups, genders, and education levels that have tattoos. A surprisingly high proportion of them either regret doing so or are ready to portray who they are now rather than who they were in the past.
The Picoway laser can remove a wide range of tattoos, even the difficult to treat blue and green tattoos. This laser demonstrates faster removal with fewer sessions, less pain, and better color removal than older lasers. After just three treatments, fifty percent of tattoo ink is gone in a clear majority of patients.
Suffering with acne is bad enough, but nearly forty percent of those who once suffered with acne now have some degree of scarring as a constant reminder. PicoWay Resolve is an ultra-short, picosecond laser that reaches below the surface of the skin to stimulate production of collagen and elastin without breaking the outermost layer of the skin. Because most acne scars result from a loss of collagen in the skin, inducing its production is an effective way to minimize the appearance of scars. In clinical studies, ninety-four percent of treated areas improved, and patients were highly satisfied with the results.
Millions of people each year seek treatment for their wrinkles. Wrinkles can be caused by a loss of collagen and elastin in the skin. PicoWay Resolve is a non-invasive, needle-free treatment option for wrinkles. Picosecond lasers are proven to stimulate collagen and elastin.
Skin discoloration is common among both men and women, yet it is treatable. Dark spots or benign pigmented lesions, such as freckles, liver spots (age spots), and café-au-lait (brown patches), appear in many people on different areas of the body. Some spots are related to excessive sun exposure. Others, like melasma, can be caused by hormone changes, often impacting women following pregnancy. Many of these skin discolorations can be distressing and affect the quality of life. With PicoWay’s “remove boldly, treat gently” approach, the laser can be used in a wide variety of skin colors.
Because PicoWay uses ultra-short laser pulses, the result is a laser that has low to no down-time after skin improvement treatments. You can resume normal activities and even apply makeup over acne scars or wrinkle-treated skin within a day of treatment.
Riverside Medical Arts is the only office in southern Utah to offer this cutting-edge Picoway technology. Free consultations are available to assess if you would be a good candidate for this treatment. It’s worth finding out if you can improve your skin texture, reverse the signs of aging, and if needed, erase an old tattoo that no longer reflects who you are.