Age spots. Sun spots. Brown spots. Whatever you call yours, you may be looking for a way to get rid of these skin pigmentations. A PicoWay laser facial triggers healing from the inside out, producing more evenly toned facial skin.

PicoWay is one of the many treatments AF Aesthetics offers Sydney patients. Our team of doctors understand the science behind each treatment and can recommend the procedures suited for your unique skin. Contact our Chatswood clinic today to book a consultation.

What Is PicoWay?

PicoWay is an ultra-short pulsed laser that targets skin pigmentations. In addition to its pigment removal capabilities, PicoWay is also known for tattoo removal, and it is growing in use for wrinkles and acne scars. The PicoWay system utilises different laser wavelengths and handpieces to treat these various conditions.

PicoWay is a picosecond device — perhaps the only true picosecond laser — which means that each laser pulse lasts only a trillionth of a second.

How Does PicoWay Work?

PicoWay stands out from other lasers because its ultra-short pulses generate a “photoacoustic” effect that doesn’t overheat the skin. Most lasers rely on a “photothermal” effect that heats the skin to produce results, which can be more painful, require increased downtime and, if not used correctly, lead to side effects such as scarring.

The PicoWay laser beam travels under the skin for its impact, leaving the top layer of skin intact. When the laser reaches unwanted pigment, it shatters the pigment into tiny particles that can be eliminated through the body’s natural processes. The ultra-short picosecond pulses vaporise their targets before the skin has the chance to overheat. The laser can also trigger new collagen and elastin growth to reduce the appearance of acne scars, wrinkles and skin texture.

What Concerns Can Be Treated With PicoWay?

PicoWay may be used to treat a variety of benign pigmented lesions, including:

  • Freckles
  • Age spots
  • Café-au-lait marks
  • Sun spots
  • Lentigines
  • Birthmarks
  • Melasma
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)

This laser can also be helpful for general skin rejuvenation, such as the treatment of acne scars and wrinkles.

Who Are Sydney PicoWay Treatments For?

The introduction of picosecond technology has revolutionised aesthetic laser treatments, making it possible to treat all Fitzpatrick skin types, including patients with skin of colour. The PicoWay laser system can be calibrated to deliver the approach needed to target pigment on darker skin tones, while minimising adverse side effects that are more common amongst this patient group. PicoWay produces more significant results in fewer treatments for most skin types.

During your first visit, you will consult with one of our medical professionals who will analyse your skin type and concerns to determine whether PicoWay is an appropriate solution for your needs.

How Is PicoWay Treatment Performed?

Before your PicoWay treatment, you will be given protective eyewear that will shield your eyes from the intense laser light. Your provider will pass the handpiece of the PicoWay device across your skin while it emits the laser pulses. Discomfort is minimal so patients typically do not need an anaesthetic, but it can be an option if you are sensitive.

PicoWay treatments usually take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Some patients choose to add on neck or hand treatments, which will add to the treatment time.

What Is the Expected Recovery After PicoWay?

PicoWay has minimal downtime, making it a convenient option for clients on the go. Your physician will help you prepare for the treatment and give you aftercare instructions once the procedure is done. Since PicoWay uses ultra-short light pulses, there is no major skin irritation and patients can go back to their usual activities. Please keep your skin clean and avoid rubbing and touching the treated area. You may resume the use of cosmetics within a day of treatment. Diligent sun protection is always recommended.

How Many PicoWay Treatments Will I Need?

Depending on the condition you have treated, you may be able to see initial improvement as early as after the first treatment. Most people need multiple PicoWay sessions. Three to four sessions spaced four weeks apart is a typical course of treatment. The number of sessions for you will depend on the location, depth, size and type of pigment you want to treat.

Request a Consultation for PicoWay Laser Treatment in Sydney

At AF Aesthetics, we are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and are passionate about enhancing beauty. Our team of specialist doctors are experienced in the use of lasers, energy treatments and more. Your PicoWay treatment plan will be 100 per cent customised. Contact our Chatswood clinic today to learn more about pigmentation removal with PicoWay.


Does PicoWay hurt?

Everyone has a different level of tolerance. What you feel depends partially on the area being treated and the sensitivity of your skin. The sensation of the laser is also somewhat dependent on the treatment you receive. PicoWay tends to be more painful when used for tattoo removal. For pigment removal and skin rejuvenation, most patients report low levels of discomfort.

Is PicoWay safe?

Because PicoWay targets pigment without damaging the surrounding skin, side effects are typically transient and mild. The most common side effects include swelling, redness, tingling, pinpoint bleeding or purplish spots. Low to no downtime is expected.

PicoWay vs. CO2 laser — what is the difference?

PicoWay is a gentler alternative to CO2RE, our ablative fractional carbon dioxide laser. PicoWay treatments are more comfortable and require less downtime than CO2 laser treatments. The trade-off is that they tend to require more treatment sessions to achieve results and cannot address the more advanced concerns that a CO2 laser can.

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