PicoWay Laser

Cutting Edge Technology for stubborn black and red tattoo removal

The Finery, we use a variety of cutting edge lasers to create the most effective removal treatment plan for every type, location, and color of tattoo.

One of our go-to lasers is the Candela PicoWay, which features three wavelengths (1064 nm, 785 nm, and 532 nm) and both Resolve and full-beam capabilities. This laser effectively breaks up ink into tiny particles that are easily passed out of the body through the lymphatic system with minimal damage to surrounding tissues. With its dominant 1064 and 532 wavelengths (the wavelength that a laser platform produces out of the armature without the use of dye packs or handpieces), the PicoWay is especially effective at treating resistant red and black ink. 

Tattoo Removal and the PicoWay Laser FAQ

Q: How does the PicoWay laser remove tattoos?

The PicoWay uses a unique action mode that delivers extremely short picosecond pulses of energy to the tissue. These burst of energy, which are one-trillionth of a second, create what is called a photoacoustic impact that effectively breaks up ink pigmentation into tiny particles that are naturally eliminated through the body’s system.

Q: Is the PicoWay laser better than other lasers at removing tattoos?

It depends. The PicoWay is especially effective at treating tattoos with black, red, or certain shades of green ink and can remove these colors in far fewer treatments sessions than other lasers. In the case of tattoos that also contain blue, purple, or green ink, other lasers such as the PicoSure will probably be used as this laser is better at treating those resistant colors.

Q: How many PicoWay treatments will I need to remove my tattoo?

This depends on the size, location, and color of your tattoo. However, we usually find that six to eight is this the average number of sessions we want to use? treatment sessions with the PicoWay are sufficient to completely remove most tattoos.

Q: Is the PicoWay the same as the PicoSure laser?

No, these are two completely different lasers. While they both use picosecond technology, they operate at different wavelengths, which means they target certain colors differently. The PicoSure also has a longer picosecond pulse duration and requires more energy to produce a reaction. This can be helpful in treating green, purple, and blue ink, but not as useful in treating black or red ink. Both lasers certainly have their uses, which is why we have both at The Finery and often use both types of technology on one tattoo.

Q: Is the PicoWay Laser Safe?

Yes. The PicoWay laser is FDA approved and through many trials, it has proven to cause less damage to tissue than any other laser on the market. The speed of the laser breaks up ink particles more effectively than any other type of technology and allows the lymphatic system to safely pass these particles out of the system.

Q: Is PicoWay tattoo removal painful?

With its ultra-fast pulses, the PicoWay uses far less heat than other tattoo removal lasers, making for a more comfortable removal experience. Though you will likely feel some discomfort during your tattoo removal, it will be minimized by using the PicoWay. You will also experience less downtime with a PicoWay treatment than with other lasers on the market.

Q: Can I see results from clients treated with the PicoWay laser?

Yes. Click here to see before and after pictures of those treated at The Finery with a PicoWay laser. You can also see testimonials here from our clients who have had tattoos removed using this technology. Keep in mind that the majority of these clients were treated using more than one type of laser. As mentioned above, The Finery has multiple lasers that work differently depending on the type, location, and color of the tattoo as well as the client’s skin type. We will always use the laser or combination of lasers that we believe will remove your tattoo in the fewest number of treatments and with the least amount of tissue damage possible.


Picoway Specs

Laser TypeNd:YAG FrequencyDoubled Nd:YAGTitanium Sapphire
Wavelengths1064 nm532 nm785 nm
Maximum Energy400 mJ200 mJ85 mJ
Pulse Duration450 ps375 ps300 ps
Peak Power0.90 Gigawatts0.53 Gigawatts0.28 Gigawatts
Spot Sizes2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 mm2, 3, 4 mm
Repetition RateSingle, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 HzSingle 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Hz
Delivery SystemArticulated arm with 2 wavelength Zoom handpieceDedicated handpiece
Warm Up Time2 minutes
User InterfaceTouchscreen with GUI
Size42” H x 18” W x 27” D
107 cm H x 46 cm W x 69 cm D
Weight275 lbs. / 125 kg.
Power Requirements200-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 30 A, 4600 VA single

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How do I know if the PicoWay is the right laser for my treatment?

The only way to know if the PicoWay is the right tool for the job is to come in to our clinic so one of our knowledgeable technicians can examine your tattoo. At that time, we will advise you on which laser or lasers we believe would be best used for your unique situation and how many treatments we estimate your treatment will take.