PicoWay is a breakthrough technology in laser tattoo removal, resulting in better clearance with fewer treatments required.
PicoWay treats multi-coloured (including hard-to-treat colours like greens and blues) tattoos and works on all different skin types. PicoWay uses unique picosecond laser technology to deliver faster treatments than traditional laser tattoo removal solutions.
Benefits of PicoWay for removing unwanted tattoos
As advanced technology, PicoWay can deliver faster results than other methods. The treatment uses ultra-short picosecond pulses to break down tattoo ink particles into smaller fragments than the nanosecond pulses used in Q-switched lasers. This faster breakdown allows for quicker tattoo clearance, often requiring fewer treatment sessions.
Another advantage of PicoWay is its effectiveness in targeting various ink colours. It is designed to treat many tattoo colours, including stubborn and hard-to-remove colours like blue and green. This capability makes it a suitable option for tattoos that may have been challenging to remove with other laser systems.
PicoWay’s shorter pulses also contribute minimal damage to the surrounding skin. Reducing the heat and collateral damage to the skin minimises the risk of scarring and other side effects.
The technology’s ability to break down tattoo ink effectively often means that fewer treatment sessions are required compared to traditional laser methods.
This saves time and leads to cost savings for the overall tattoo removal process.
PicoWay is also known for being suitable for different skin types, including darker skin tones, which can be more challenging to treat with other laser systems. This broadens its applicability and makes it a viable option for a more diverse range of patients.
PicoWay aims to minimise discomfort during the tattoo removal procedure, although some pain is typical for most tattoo removal methods.
The less-invasive approach of PicoWay can lead to shorter recovery times. Patients can resume their normal activities sooner after treatment than other tattoo removal techniques.
Despite these benefits, individual results may vary; not all tattoos can be removed entirely. The effectiveness of tattoo removal depends on various factors, such as tattoo size, ink colours, depth of the tattoo, skin type, and the individual’s response to treatment.
Suitable candidates for laser tattoo removal
Suitable candidates for laser tattoo removal are individuals who have tattoos they wish to remove or fade and are in good overall health. Having realistic expectations about the process and outcome of tattoo removal is essential, as complete removal is not always possible, and results may vary depending on various factors.
Candidates with tattoos in areas with good blood circulation often see improved results. The laser’s effectiveness relies on the body’s ability to carry away the fragmented ink particles after treatment, and better blood flow aids in this process. Therefore, the tattoos on arms and legs typically respond well to treatment.
Patients must also be willing to commit to multiple treatment sessions, as complete tattoo removal usually requires several sessions spaced apart to allow the skin to heal between treatments. The frequency of sessions depends on various factors, such as tattoo size, ink colour, and the individual’s response to treatment.
Candidates must know that laser tattoo removal can cause discomfort during the procedure, often described as a sensation similar to being snapped with a rubber band. However, most patients tolerate the process well, and numbing creams can be used to manage any discomfort.
Before undergoing laser tattoo removal, patients should consult with Dr Scott Allison, who can assess their tattoo, skin type, and medical history to determine if they are suitable for the procedure. A personalised treatment plan can be created during a consultation, tailoring the treatment to meet individual needs.
The tattoo removal procedure
How it works
PicoWay is a picosecond laser with high peak power and ultra-short pulse durations. Unlike other lasers on the market, PicoWay delivers energy to the targeted ink in ultra-short pulses measured in picoseconds — one trillionth of a second. It reaches below the skin’s surface to target pigments, such as dark spots or tattoo ink and breaks them down into tiny particles nearly invisible to the naked eye.
What to Expect
You can expect a straightforward and relatively quick procedure during a laser tattoo removal treatment session. Before the treatment begins, you may be given protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser light.
Once you are prepared, Dr Allison will use the laser device to target the tattooed area. The laser emits high-intensity light pulses that pass through the skin and are absorbed by the tattoo ink.
During the procedure, you may experience a sensation often described as similar to being snapped with a rubber band. Some patients find it uncomfortable, while others tolerate it well.
Treatments are usually completed in a few minutes. Factors contributing to treatment time are the size and colour of the tattoo being removed. Most tattoos require several sessions to remove, with a spacing of eight to 10 weeks between sessions.
Laser tattoo removal aftercare
PicoWay, with its innovative laser technology, offers the advantage of little to no downtime after tattoo removal.
After a PicoWay tattoo removal session, it is common to experience redness, mild swelling, and pinpoint bleeding at the site. Some patients may notice the formation of small blisters. These reactions are normal and indicate the body’s natural healing process.
You may need a bandage immediately after the procedure to protect the treated area and promote proper healing. The bandage helps keep the treated skin dry, protecting it from potential irritants and reducing the risk of infection. Following instructions regarding bandage care and when it should be removed is essential. Typically, the bandage is left in place for a few days after tattoo removal.
Post-treatment care is crucial to reduce the risk of complications. While PicoWay has a reputation for being less invasive than some other laser technologies, you will still need to treat the treated area with care.
You should clean the treated skin with mild soap and water. Avoid harsh scrubbing or exfoliating products, as the skin will be sensitive following the treatment. A fragrance-free moisturiser can help keep the treated area hydrated and aid healing.
Protect the treated area from direct sunlight and avoid tanning beds. Sun exposure can cause hyperpigmentation and increase the risk of adverse reactions. Wear protective clothing and sunscreen with high SPF if you need to be outdoors.
While the treated area is healing, avoid picking at any scabs or blisters that may form. Let the skin heal naturally to minimise the risk of scarring or infection.
While most people can resume regular activities after PicoWay treatment, avoiding strenuous exercises or activities that may cause excessive sweating in the treated area for a few days is best.
Make sure that you follow any specific aftercare guidelines that you are given. You may be recommended to use particular products or additional precautions based on your skin’s needs and the treated area.
Individual healing times can vary, and some side effects may persist briefly. Seek medical advice if you experience any unusual or concerning reactions after laser tattoo removal, such as severe pain, persistent redness, or signs of infection.
Costs of tattoo removal in Brisbane
Your costs will need to be determined during a consultation with Dr Scott Allison.
The cost of laser tattoo removal will depend on individual factors, such as the tattoo’s size. Larger tattoos require more laser pulses and treatment time, which can result in higher costs than smaller tattoos.
Tattoos with intricate and detailed designs may require more laser passes to effectively break down the ink particles, leading to increased treatment time and potentially higher expenses.
Laser tattoo removal is more challenging for tattoos with a wide range of colours, as each pigment requires specific laser wavelengths to be targeted effectively. This can influence treatment time. Tattoos with deeper ink may require more sessions to fully break down the ink particles, leading to higher costs in the long run.
The location of the tattoo on the body is another consideration. Tattoos on areas with good blood circulation, such as the arms and legs, may respond better to treatment due to improved ink clearance. On the other hand, tattoos located on areas with limited blood flow, like the fingers or ankles, may be more challenging to remove, potentially adding to the total cost.
Please get in touch with us to book your consultation for personalised advice and a treatment plan tailored to you.
Potential risks and side effects
While laser tattoo removal, especially with advanced technologies like PicoWay, is generally considered effective, it’s essential to be aware of potential risks and side effects associated with the procedure.
Blisters may occur after treatment but, when appropriately treated, will not have any long-term effects. Another potential risk of laser tattoo removal is hypopigmentation, whitening skin in the treated area. This occurs due to the laser’s impact on the skin’s pigment-producing cells. The good news is that in most cases, normal skin tone should gradually return within six to 12 months after the last treatment session.
The risk of scarring is minimal with PicoWay and other advanced laser technologies. Compared to older laser methods, which had a higher risk of scarring, PicoWay’s picosecond pulses are designed to minimise collateral damage to the surrounding tissue, reducing the likelihood of scarring significantly. However, individual responses to treatment can vary; in some cases, scarring may still occur.
It’s important to note that while long-term side effects are uncommon, they are not entirely impossible. Some individuals may experience unexpected reactions or delayed effects after laser tattoo removal. Certain factors can influence the risk of side effects, such as pre-existing skin conditions, medical history, and lifestyle choices. You’ll need a thorough consultation before treatment to ensure the treatment plan is tailored to your unique needs.