What makes PicoWay® different from other laser tattoo removal systems?

PicoWay is the latest in laser technology using a picosecond laser with a high peak power and ultra-short pulse durations. This action leads to a photoacoustic effect, instead of a photothermal one which means
it is less likely to cause the skin to overheat resulting in a less painful experience then the previous laser tattoo removal systems.

How does PicoWay® work?

During a treatment, the PicoWay handpiece is used to deliver extremely short pulses of energy through a precise, high-powered laser capable of targeting ink particles with impressive impact. These energy pulses shatter tattoo ink into much smaller, minuscule particles that your body can easily absorb through naturally and effectively clearing the tattoo.

Can I return to normal activities after treatment?

Yes, most clients can return to their activities of daily living shortly after treatment following tattoo removal.

What should/could I expect post treatment?

Redness and swelling: It is normal to experience some redness and swelling on the treated area for a few days following the treatment.  Applying ice packs can help reduce discomfort.

Blistering: It is possible to experience blistering on the treated area which can be uncomfortable. If blisters occur, avoid popping them. Should blisters become larger than a dime, you may pop them using a sterile lancet.

Scabbing and crusting: The treated area may develop scabs and/or crusts as the skin heals. It is important not to pick; doing so can result in scarring and/or interfere with the healing process.

Itching: As the skin heals, it may become itchy. It is important to avoid scratching or rubbing the area as this can delay healing and increase the risk of infection.

Sensitivity to sunlight: After tattoo removal, your skin may be more sensitive to sunlight. It is important to avoid sun exposure; or wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect the

Can anyone be eligible for laser tattoo removal?

If any of the following apply to you, unfortunately you are not a candidate to have tattoo removal done in our studio.

NOT eligible for the procedure if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have a history of keloids or hypertrophic scarring
  • You are sunburnt
  • You have had a chemical peel or any resurfacing treatments within one month of your appointment on the treatment area
  • You have skin irritations (rash, sunburn, acne, etc.) or psoriasis on/near the procedure area
  • You have open wounds, cuts or abrasions on the procedure area
  • You have used Accutane within the past 12 months
  • You are sick (cold, flu, severe sinus allergies, etc.)
  • You suffer from epilepsy
  • You have uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • You have a pacemaker or heart problems (will need a doctor’s note)
  • You are currently undergoing chemotherapy (Please wait 6 months after completing treatments and obtain doctor’s clearance.)
  • You are under any treatment or have any illness that compromises the immune system
  • You have had ANY surgery within the past 30 days
  • You have poor general health

If you have any of the following and wish to proceed with the service, a doctor’s note is required:

  • You are recently in remission of cancer
  • You have a history of melanoma
  • You suffer from any autoimmune diseases

Please Note:

  • While diabetes is not a contraindication, diabetics typically heal slower.
  • if you are a smoker, you may heal slower.

How soon can I expect to see results?

Each person, tattoo and epidermis is unique and therefore experiences may differ between individuals.  Initial improvement can be viewed after the first treatment. However, the effectiveness of your treatment will depend on many factors including: the age of the pigment; location of tattoo; depth; size and type.  Typically, optimal results are achieved with more than one treatment.

Why are tattoos traditionally difficult to remove?

Varying factors come into play when it comes to tattoo removal.  Considerations which will impact the difficulty of the removal include:

Depth: When you receive a tattoo, ink is injected below the skin into the dermis. This depth presents a challenge for removal.

Ink types: Body tattoo ink is a lot more concentrated than Permanent makeup pigment

Color: While blue and black inks are traditionally easier to treat; brighter colors like reds and yellows are more difficult to remove

Are PicoWay® treatments painful?

Discomfort is unique and varies individually. Some pain and discomfort is possible depending on size and placement of the tattoo, however, a topical numbing cream can be used to aid alleviation.  We do not prenumb you.  However, if you wish to prenumb yourself, we do sell Zensa numbing cream in our studio for $42 a tube.  Apply a generous amount to the treatment area.  Follow with applying saran wrap to cover area.  Optimum time of numbing is 30-45 minutes before your procedure time.

How old do you have to be to get tattoo removal?

You must be 18 years of age or older to get your tattoo removal service at Brownude.

How to prepare for you procedure?

Preparing for your procedure in advance will help with how much pain and swelling you may experience. Make sure that you are well rested, sober, hydrated, and have had something to eat prior to your appointment. If you are on your menstrual cycle you will be a bit more sensitive towards the pain. Sometime it is best to reschedule an appointment if you know in advance.

Is the PicoWay® laser safe?

Yes, however, there are always possibilities of encountering risks when having any procedure done.  Prior to each procedure, a full consultation is provided to make sure that the PicoWay laser removal treatment is right for you.

Who is this procedure not right for?

The PicoWay laser works on both lighter and darker skin types. However, depending on the wavelength and applicator needed for your treatment, the PicoWay laser may not be the best treatment for your skin type. If this is the result, a discussion about alternative methods for your removal needs will be provided.

How long are the sessions?

PicoWay treatments are typically brief, lasting 10-20 minutes. Treatments are provided over a series of treatment sessions spaced 8 weeks apart. These times can vary depending on size and placement of tattoo.

What areas do you not do laser removal on?

We will treat any area of the body.  The only areas  we do not offer in our studio for laser tattoo removal is full lip removal (vermillion border is okay) and eyeliner tattoo.