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Understanding the PicoWay Laser: How It Works and Why It's Effective

In the ever-evolving world of beauty and medical aesthetics, the PicoWay laser stands out as a game-changer. Whether you're looking to remove an old tattoo or erase permanent makeup, PicoWay offers a solution that's not only effective but also minimizes discomfort and downtime. Let's dive into the science behind this revolutionary technology and understand why it has become the go-to choice for tattoo and pigment removal.

The Science Behind PicoWay Laser Technology

PicoWay is a state-of-the-art laser system designed to target and break down tattoo ink and pigmented lesions. What sets PicoWay apart from traditional laser systems is its use of ultra-short picosecond pulses. These pulses are incredibly fast—one trillionth of a second—and deliver high energy to the targeted pigment.

Here's how it works:

  1. Photoacoustic Effect: The picosecond pulses generate a photoacoustic effect, meaning the laser energy is delivered so quickly that it causes the ink particles to vibrate and shatter without significantly heating the surrounding tissue. This minimizes the risk of burns or damage to the skin.

  2. Fragmentation of Pigment: The rapid pulses break the tattoo ink or pigment into tiny fragments. These smaller particles are then more easily processed and eliminated by the body's natural immune system.

  3. Targeted Treatment: The PicoWay laser is highly precise, allowing for targeted treatment of specific pigments and colors. This is particularly beneficial for multicolored tattoos and complex permanent makeup, which often contain a variety of ink colors.

Why PicoWay Is Effective

The effectiveness of the PicoWay laser can be attributed to several key factors:

Minimal Discomfort

Traditional lasers often cause significant discomfort due to the heat generated during the process. In contrast, PicoWay's ultra-short pulses reduce the heat impact, making the treatment much more comfortable for patients. Most individuals describe the sensation as a series of quick snaps or a rubber band flick against the skin.

Reduced Downtime

Because the PicoWay laser minimizes heat damage to the surrounding skin, recovery time is significantly reduced. Patients can typically resume their normal activities immediately following treatment. This is a significant advantage for those with busy lifestyles who cannot afford lengthy downtimes.


The PicoWay laser is effective on a wide range of tattoo colors and skin types. Its precision allows for the removal of stubborn colors that traditional lasers struggle with, such as green and blue inks. Additionally, it can be used on different skin tones without causing hyperpigmentation or other adverse effects.


Safety is always a priority in any aesthetic treatment, and PicoWay excels in this area. The technology's ability to deliver energy in picoseconds means less risk of scarring or damaging the skin. It is FDA-cleared and has undergone rigorous testing to ensure its efficacy and safety.

The Treatment Experience

If you're considering PicoWay for tattoo or pigment removal, here's what you can expect:

  • Consultation: A thorough consultation with a qualified practitioner to discuss your goals, skin type, and the specifics of your tattoo or pigmentation.

  • Treatment Sessions: Depending on the size, color, and age of the tattoo or pigment, multiple sessions may be required. Sessions are typically spaced several weeks apart to allow the body to process and eliminate the fragmented ink particles.

  • Post-Treatment Care: Following each session, you may experience mild redness or swelling, which usually subsides within a few hours. Your practitioner will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure optimal healing and results.


The PicoWay laser represents a significant advancement in the field of tattoo and pigment removal. Its innovative use of picosecond technology offers a powerful, precise, and safe solution with minimal discomfort and downtime. Whether you're looking to erase an old tattoo or remove unwanted permanent makeup, PicoWay provides an effective and reliable option to achieve clear, pigment-free skin.

At GloUp Beauty Studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma, we're proud to offer PicoWay laser treatments to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about how PicoWay can work for you.

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