PicoWay vs PicoSure: An honest comparison

Picoway vs Picosure comparisonPicosecond lasers are the next generation of laser tattoo removal system. The promise is faster tattoo removal with less pain than Q-Switched nanosecond laser.

Picosecond laser systems have now been in the market for over 2 years and the client results are coming in. PicoSure was the first system released and PicoWay followed 2 years ago.

This article is to help anyone who is researching what is the most effective system to safely remove a tattoo and important factors when comparing the cost of laser tattoo removal.



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PicoWay: 532nm, 785nm, 1064nm

PicoSure: 532nm (laser pump handpiece), 755nm, 1064nm (laser pump handpiece)

PicoWay has 3 wavelengths that operate at full picosecond power and speed. PicoSure has a natural 755nm wavelength and uses laser pump handpieces to convert to 532nm and 1064nm. This conversion drops the energy and compromises the effectiveness of the wavelength. Wavelength determines the penetration depth of the laser in the dermis, the pigment colour the laser can treat and the skin type the laser can operate on.



PicoWay: 532nm @ 375ps, 785nm @ 300ps, 1064nm @ 450ps

PicoSure: 532nm (spec not released), 755nm @ 750ps, 1064nm (spec not released)

Picosecond is a measure of time. 1000ps = 1 ns (nanosecond). The lower the number, the faster the laser is. PicoWay has the fastest operating laser in the world at 300ps on the 785nm. The speed of the laser is what generates the photoacoustic shockwave (mechanical energy) to shatter the ink pigment. Q-Switched nanosecond lasers use photo-thermal energy to heat the ink pigment to fracture the ink. Heating the ink is less effective and also damages the surrounding tissue.

PicoSure operates at 750ps which is only 25% faster than 1000ps (1 nanosecond). This means PicoSure still rely mainly on heat to remove tattoos. The heat is also the reason why the recovery times are the same as nanosecond laser. No specs are released on the laser hand pump converted 532nm and 1064nm.



PicoWay: 532nm @ 0.53gw, 785nm @ 0.33gw, 1064nm @ 0.90gw

PicoSure: 532nm (spec not released), 755nm @ 0.36gw, 1064 (spec not released)

Peak power = energy(j)/pulse duration(s). PicoWay’s 785nm @ 0.33gw is similar to the 755nm @ 0.36gw but the way it gets there is the most important factor. PicoWay operates at 300ps vs PicoSure 750ps. The peak power is achieved at 2 ½ x faster speed and this is what shatters the pigment for tattoo clearance.



On 26 June 2015 in Rockford, Illinios, a dermatology practise started a class action in the federal court of Chicago against Cynosure, the manufacturer of PicoSure for alleging negligent misrepresentation, fraud by omission and breach of contract, among other counts.

“The complaint states Cynosure marketing materials represented the PicoSure as “the
world’s first and only picosecond laser for tattoo removal,” and “even dark, stubborn
blue and green inks, as well as previously-treated, recalcitrant tattoos can be removed or
eliminated by using the PicoSure product.” The lawsuit includes a before-and-after photo
from a Cynosure brochure that shows the complete elimination of a tattoo from a patient.
Hartsough Dermatology maintains the clinic purchased the laser removal tool and
administered treatment as directed to numerous patients, but no tattoos were removed
or eliminated.”

This case is going to a trial and the class action is seeking damages over $5 million.



Eden Tattoo Removal has been performing successful tattoo removal since 2014 and is in fact the longest operating clinic in Sydney. Many clients have decided to choose our clinic, which uses the PicoWay, after some bad experiences with clinics that operate the PicoSure.

Some of the complaints stated by clients are the following:

 “Multiple treatments and no noticeable difference”

 “Spent 1000’s of dollars tattoo has not faded” 

 “Tattoo left blistered and bleeding after treatment”

“Area left scarred after treatment”

The science behind why the PicoSure is falling short of it claims is that the system is not fast enough and is not powerful enough to shatter the ink. The blistering and bleeding is normally from the operator turning up the fluence to try to compensate for the lack of speed and power. This in turn creates thermal damage to the tissue. While blistering or pin-point bleeding may occur on rare occasions it should not be part of the treatment protocol. We have heard from our clients that every time they had the PicoSure they blistered and bled. We are telling you this is not normal and you need to question why this is happening.

You need to question the PicoSure clinic why you are not experiencing any fading when it is supposed to be the latest technology. In fact, even our older technology ATV Q-Switched nanosecond laser is more effective in clearing tattoos.

Picoway vs Picosure


There is obviously the wasted money on the ineffective treatments. And often the clinic will keep making the excuse that you need more treatments before you see results. This convinces the person to spend more until they are totally fed up and realise they have just wasted more money.

There is also the lost time waiting for the tattoo to clear. The person normally will take over a year to finally realise that they have made a bad decision. If a person needed to remove a tattoo for a job then there is additional financial loss.

To view our tattoo removal pricing with the PicoWay, simply click on the button below. We offer a removal guarantee, price match policy and finance options.



Our responsibility is to present the facts so the public has the information they need to make an informed decision. There are limited protections from NSW Fair Trading but it is worth contacting them to seek a refund from the offending clinics.

We strongly advise you to research and visit a few clinics before making your final decision on the clinic you choose to perform your treatment. Price should only form a small part of why you choose the clinic. Professionalism, honesty and expert advice is as important, if not more important. If you choose the cheapest price it often becomes an expensive mistake in the long term.

Articles you might find helpful:



  • Eden clinicians are Syneron-Candela and Laser Safety Officer Certified
  • Eden clinicians are all qualified skin therapists
  • Extensive expert training on models before performing treatment on clients
  • Eden clinicians understand skin response and device parameters to achieve the Maximum Effective Threshold to ensure each treatment has results
  • Ongoing clinical training with industry expert medical practitioners
  • Client care and education during consultation, treatment and post-treatment
  • PicoWay is the leading tattoo removal technology
  • Price match to ensure you get the best pricing
  • Finance options available

If you would like to receive honest and professional advice from expert dermal clinicians call (02) 8020 5819 or click on the button for a FREE TATTOO REMOVAL ANALYSIS.

PicoWay Laser Makes Q-Switch Tattoo Removal Obsolete

Q-Switch obsolete thanks to Picoway tattoo removalYou may think that all tattoo removal lasers are basically the same, but in fact they are not. It’s like trying to compare a Commodore to a Ferrari. The speed at which a laser delivers energy to the tattoo ink makes a huge difference on the quality of removal and the time at which it takes to remove a tattoo.

In this article we discuss the difference between picosecond and nanosecond lasers and why nanosecond or Q-switch lasers are becoming obsolete.


The key difference between a nanosecond (Q-Switch ND:YAG) and picosecond (PicoWay) laser is the speed at which each device delivers energy. Nanosecond lasers deliver energy with a slower pulse, measured in nanoseconds – a billionth of a second. Picosecond lasers deliver energy with a much faster pulse, measured in picoseconds – a trillionth of a second.

The PicoWay is a new generation, medical grade, FDA approved picosecond laser. With its ultra-fast pulse, it shatters the tattoo ink into much smaller particles than other devices. The smaller the tattoo ink particles, the easier and faster it is for your body to clear the ink through its normal metabolic processes.


The much faster speed of the PicoWay laser results in faster tattoo removal, with less pain and faster healing/ recovery time.



Price is always going to be a factor when comparing tattoo removal providers. At Eden Tattoo Removal, we have the best technology and we will match any equivalent tattoo removal quote with our price match guarantee.

Although PicoWay is a superior device to the Q-Switch ND:YAG’s, Detail Tattoo Removal will match any clinic’s equivalent series pricing to remove a tattoo.

You will need to take into account the number of sessions required to remove your tattoo – you may need 12-15+ sessions with a nanosecond device, whereas you may only need 6-8 sessions with the PicoWay. Costs quickly add up over the additional sessions required with a nanosecond laser.

But, the biggest cost with Nanosecond devices (Q-Switch ND:YAG) is time.  You need 6 to 8 weeks between Nanosecond sessions to allow your skin to heal, but more importantly to give your body time to digest and clear the tattoo ink.

A black tattoo can be removed in approximately 5.5 months with the PicoWay, whereas it would take approximately 18 months for the same tattoo to be removed with a nanosecond laser! 



Some clinics won’t admit to having a nanosecond device, so here’s a list of the NanoSecond or Q-switch ND:Yag devices/ machines in Sydney:

  • Quanta Q-Plus C, Q-Switch laser
  • RevLite Q-Switch, laser
  • Astanza Q-Switch, laser
  • Pastelle Q-Switch laser
  • Palomar Q-YAG 5 laser
  • Candela ATV Q-Switch laser



Let’s get something cleared up, the PicoWay is a different device to the PicoSure. In fact the only thing that is similar between these two tattoo removal devices, is the “Pico” in their name which is short for PicoSecond.

The Picosure (by Cynosure) was the first “Picosecond” device on the market, and currently has a class action lawsuit against it in the USA – read more

The PicoWay (by Syneron-Candela) has improved on this technology in four key areas:


  1. More power – almost three times more powerful meaning more effective clearance
  2. Tri wavelength – target all colours and skin types, including darker skin
  3. Pulse duration – almost twice as fast (see table below)
  4. Type of energy – the PicoWay is mainly photoacoustic (sound) vs Picosure which is mainly photothermal (heat). With the PicoWay’s photoacoustic energy there is less damage to the skin meaning faster recovery and less time between sessions.


Picoway vs Picosure