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PicoWay in Seattle at Well Medical Arts treats all pigment including sun spots.

Say goodby to stubborn dark spots, anywhere on your body.

The PicoWay system delivers high energy, ultra-short picosecond pulses utilizing a photomechanical effect to selectively destroy melanocytes in the targeted tissue, with reduced risk of unwanted thermal heating to surrounding tissue — even in darker skin.  Skin discoloration is common, yet treatable. Dark spots, or benign pigmented lesions, appear in many people on different areas of the skin. Some spots are related to excessive sun exposure. Others can be caused by hormone changes, often impacting women following pregnancy.

PicoWay is an ideal laser treatment for those with skin of color

Picosecond lasers can be used in a broader range of skin types than nanosecond lasers due to reduced risk of hyper- or hypopigmentation and scarring with picosecond photoacoustic versus photothermal effect. Shorter pulses and enhanced photoacoustic effect avoids overheating of skin and decreases risk of PIH. In skin of color, a clinical study with the picosecond laser demonstrated a low rate of PIH, at only 4.65% of the lesions.

Read what the Practical Dermatology has to say about the PicoWay

What kind of pigment (dark spots) can the PicoWay treat?

The PicoWay can treat all benign pigmented lesions included the following: Benign pigmented lesions  • Chicken pox scars. • Dermal pigment lesion. • Epidermal pigment lesion. • Labial melanotic macules. • Lentigines. • Lichen planus pigmentosus. • Localized argyria. • Ochronosis. • Melasma. • Nevus Fusco-caeruleus zygomaticus. • PIH (including acne; skin rejuvenation). • Riehl’s melanosis with and without melasma. • Seborrheic melanosis. • Solar lentigo. • Tear trough hyperpigmentation. • Underarm pigmentation

What can i expect from a PicoWay treatment?

Having a PicoWay spot treatment you can expect redness for 3-4 days followed by the treated areas getting darker at first and then lightening over time. After treatments, patients can experience temporary discoloration or reddening of the skin around the treatment site. Some patients may also experience a temporary lightening or darkening of the skin. Since there are no wounds or openings in the skin, there’s little to the healing process. The following 6-8 weeks will slowly reveal desired results to the treatment area. The perfect time to schedule a PicoWay Resolve Laser treatment is in late fall or winter when days are short and it’s easier to avoid sun exposure.

How many PicoWay treatments will I need?

The amount of treatments required to achieve optimal results is very patient dependent. Some with lighter discoloration may only need 1-2 treatments to get the results they desire while patients with darker areas and darker skin types my require additional treatments. At your consultation we will review your specific case and give you a better idea of how many treatments we think you will need.

How do I prepare for my laser treatment?

With any laser treatment you want to avoid sun exposure for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to treatment. Discontinue any retinols/tretinoin for one week prior to treatment and let your provider know if you are taking any antibiotics or sun sensitive medications as these may cause reaction.

Pre-treating your skin before any laser treatment is an important and necessary step. Pre-treating will help protect your skin’s overall health and promote speedy recovery after your treatment. Pre-treating can look different for every skin type so it is best to come in for a complimentary consultation to determine the what the best steps are for your skin health.

Transform your skin with the Picoway 1064 Resolve at Well Medical Arts in Seattle.
Reomove unwanted pigment with the Picoway 1064 Resolve at Well Medical Arts in Seattle.

Please schedule a complimentary laser consultation prior to scheduling your treatment.

To ensure you are ready for your treatments and to achieve the best results we request that all laser patients schedule a complimentary laser consultation prior to scheduling treatments. At this appointment, we will assess your skin, answer all of your questions, and make sure you are best prepared to start your treatment.

You may also call one of our patient care coordinators at 206-935-5689 and we will be happy to assist you in scheduling.

Transform your skin from the inside out with the PicoWay resolve in Seattle at Well Medical Arts.
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