PicoWay® Laser Tattoo Removal

Treatment Description

If you are looking for laser tattoo removal in Toronto, look no further than the FDA-cleared PicoWay® laser tattoo removal treatment at La Vitalité Med Spa.

The PicoWay® system is a high power laser with ultra short pulses that shatters tattoo ink, but leaves the outer layer of the skin intact. The PicoWay® laser treats a wide range of tattoo colors across a broad range of skin types. Over a series of brief treatments, the PicoWay® laser can eliminate most tattoos.

Since the PicoWay® laser uses a photoacoustic, rather than photothermal effect, the skin doesn’t overheat and individuals can experience shorter downtime. In fact, PicoWay® laser clients typically have little to no downtime after treatment.


  • Eliminates most tattoos over a series of brief treatments
  • Shatters tattoo ink‚ but leaves the outer layer of the skin intact
  • Photoacoustic‚ rather than a photothermal effect‚ which prevents skin from overheating
  • High power laser with ultra short picosecond (one trillionth of a second) pulses
  • More effective than Q-switch lasers‚ with a pulse duration that is 100 times shorter
  • Low to no downtime after treatment

Introducing PicoWay®

All PicoWay® treatments use a picosecond laser with high power and ultra-short pulses. A picosecond is a trillionth of a second! The ultra-short pulses with PicoWay are important because they lead to a “photoacoustic” effect that avoids heating the skin rather than a photothermal (or heat) approach that heats the skin and can lead to side effects, such as downtime and scarring.

Because PicoWay® uses ultra-short laser pulses, the result is a laser that has low to no downtime after treatment.

Safe and Effective Laser Tattoo Removal

The PicoWay® laser reaches under the skin for its impact, leaving the outer layer of the skin intact. Targets can be pigment from a tattoo or melanin in the skin that causes dark spots.

Before and After Results


The length of one PicoWay session depends on the size of the tattoo but can generally range from 15-20 minutes and are done over a series of treatment sessions spaced weeks apart. The team of professionals at La Vitalité Med Spa will recommend a treatment plan that works best for you.

If you are looking for a laser treatment that acts below the surface of the skin and offers low to no downtime, then the PicoWay laser may be the right laser for you. PicoWay laser treatment can remove tattoos that you no longer want.

PicoWay® is a picosecond laser with high peak power and ultra-short pulse durations for a photoacoustic, rather than a photothermal effect that can overheat the skin. The majority of PicoWay® patients report high patient satisfaction and low to no downtime.

PicoWay® has a higher peak power of 0.9GW compared to the peak power of 0.36GW of PicoSure, making the PicoWay® laser more effective in clearing tattoos. The PicoWay® can deliver a shorter pulse duration of 300ps (picoseconds) to shatter tattoo pigment, whereas PicoSure operates at 750ps. As a photoacoustic laser, the PicoWay® fractures tattoo ink through vibration whereas PicoSure uses photothermal energy to heat the skin, which can lead to longer downtime.

Possible side effects with the PicoWay® laser are temporary and expected as part of the laser treatment. Patients experience low to no downtime. In some cases, patients may use a topical anesthetic to enhance comfort during the treatment. Some common side effects include redness, swelling, pinpoint bleeding, tingling or purplish spots.

There will likely be some pain and discomfort with laser tattoo removal treatment. Luckily, the PicoWay® laser is more effective at removing unwanted ink with less pain when compared to traditional lasers.

This is due to the fact that a laser delivers energy in ultra-short pulses spaced one picosecond, or one trillionth of a second, apart. The shorter pulse duration results in less pain relative to other laser systems.

In addition, a topical numbing agent can be applied on your skin to further manage the pain. The laser works by shattering the tattoo ink into tiny particles, which are then removed naturally by the body.

Yes, treatment with the PicoWay® laser has low to no downtime. Most people can return to their activities of daily living shortly after treatment. You may need a bandage to keep the treatment area dry for a few days following tattoo removal.

PicoWay® laser tattoo removal treatment cost will vary depending on the size of treatment area and number of treatment sessions required. In general, it can be assumed that treating a large tattoo costs more than treating a small tattoo.

Book your appointment for PicoWay® laser and start your journey towards removing unwanted tattoos today!