WHAT THE PicoSure® LASER IS
PicoSure® – The first and leading choice for comfortable and convenient tattoo removal and skin revitalization treatments for wrinkles, acne scars and pigments like freckles, sunspots and discoloration.
PicoSure® is the first of a new generation of aesthetic lasers that don’t rely solely on heat to burn or melt away unwanted tattoo ink or melanin, the pigment that causes dark spots in your skin. Instead, PicoSure engineers used cutting-edge physics and medical science to help practitioners treat patients in a new way. Instead of building up heat, PicoSure® delivers energy so rapidly (in trillionths of a second) that tiny particles that makeup the pigment and tattoo ink vibrate and shatter, without burning surrounding tissue. Less heat means less tissue damage and discomfort.
Even more impressively, PicoSure® 's revolutionary technology is designed to harness the body’s natural healing process to restore youthful skin in ways never before possible. Using proprietary Focus lens technology, PicoSure® effectively converts the laser energy into gentle pressure waves that activate Cell Signaling, the body’s natural communication processes and one of the most exciting medical discoveries in recent history.
TARGET MULTIPLE SKIN CONCERNS WITH IN PICO SECONDS
One treatment can target multiple conditions simultaneously. An ideal choice for someone who strives for flawless skin:
IS THE PicoSure® LASER COMPATIBLE WITH ASIAN SKIN?
PicoSure® Laser is a safe and effective method when it comes to dealing with skin discoloration, fine lines, dark spots or scars without any harsh side effects on Asian skin. Skin pigmentation is defined as a concentrated and localized area of increased pigmentation usually caused by exposure to the sun. Freckles, sun or age spots, scars and melasma caused by hormonal changes mostly affect the face and décolletage. PicoSure® can give excellent results when treating skin pigmentation. Unsightly spots removed can give way to a noticeably clearer complexion and better skin texture.
When dealing with Asian skin types, PicoSure® treatments are a safe and effective method. With proven clinical validation, with 26 publications and 59 abstracts to date, you can confidently use PicoSure® to deal with skin discolorations, fine lines, sun spots and acne scars without any adverse reaction or post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH) in Asian skins.
PICO VS NANO
TATTOOS ARE NO LONGER PERMANENT WITH PicoSure®
As the leading picosecond laser, PicoSure® is able to treat all colors of tattoo ink on patients of all skin types, PicoSure® could likely work for you! Plus, PicoSure® has been shown to remove tattoos in fewer treatments so speak to us about a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Picosecond pulse creates an intense photomechanical impact known as PressureWave™. Very swiftly, PressureWave™ shatters the target particles. Each burst occurs in picoseconds (trillionths of a second).
This process results in target clearance for colours such as red, orange and yellow with fewer treatments and less fluence, without injury to the surrounding skin. The treatment of stubborn dark, blue and green inks or previously treated but unsuccessful tattoos is also possible with PicoSure.
PicoSure® ON PIGMENTATION
Just as the PicoSure® Laser can remove tattoos, it can also be used to remove unwanted pigmentation such as:
- Solar Lentigo (Sunspots, Age spots, Liver spots)
- Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
- Hori’s Nevus
It does this as energy from the laser is absorbed by the pigments, which subsequently breaks up the pigment molecules (melanin or ink particles). These shattered particles are then absorbed and drained by your body.
SKIN REJUVENATION WITH PicoSure®
WHAT IS THE FOCUS™ LENS ARRAY?
Recognized to be 20 times more powerful than normal lenses, the key part of PicoSure® is the Focus™ Lens Array which allows a highly concentrated stream of energy to be emitted. This energy creates an impact (PressureWave™) big enough to effectively hit and shatter pigments into pigment fragments which will be broken to even smaller pieces and eventually be carried away by the bloodstream. There will be a noticeable change in the texture and softness of the skin. This treatment is especially effective for acne scars and fine lines.
WHAT IS A PressureWave™?
Picosecond pulses generate a strong photomechanical impact a.k.a PressureWave™. Each PressureWave™ occurs in picoseconds (trillionths of a second) – allowing for spot clearing of tattoo pigments with lesser treatments and lesser injury to surrounding skin. PicoSure® is also better absorbed by pigmentation hence, lesser treatments and a greater pigment clearance percentage. By inducing laser-induced optical breakdown (LIOB), dermal remodeling can be triggered within the skin.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE FEEL LIKE?
Most patients feedback a comfortable treatment experience and describe skin revitalization treatments as feeling like a light snapping of a rubber band. Because tattoo removal treatments use more energy, patients may experience more sensation, but here at VIDASKIN, we offer numbing cream or other aids to maximize comfort.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME?
Some patients may experience 1 - 3 hours of mild redness immediately after the laser. However, overall there is no thermal injury to the dermis and hence, minimal downtime. You can resume normal day-to-day activities but for 24 hours do avoid activities that stimulate facial heating such as exercising.
IS THIS TREATMENT SAFE?
WILL THERE BE ANY SCARRING?
HOW LONG IS THE TREATMENT?
PicoSure® procedure time depends on the size of the area to be treated, and 10 minutes is common for average-sized tattoo and skin revitalization treatments. It is generally considered a lunchtime treatment.
HOW LONG DO THE RESULTS LAST?
PicoSure® Tattoo removal and acne scar results are permanent. Skin revitalization treatment results are long-lasting, but some pigment conditions can be recurrent. Some patients find that a PicoSure® Focus treatment every six months can help prevent the accumulation of pigment and slow the appearance of wrinkles.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIMELINE LIKE?
IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD DO AFTER TREATMENT?
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED?
The number of PicoSure® treatments for unwanted pigmentation will vary depending on the condition being treated and how each individual responds.
For tattoo removal, the size, location and density of ink play important roles in how quickly clearance can be achieved, but 4 -10 treatments are common for modern tattoos. Your treatment provider will be able to evaluate and provide you with a personalized plan.
The number of treatments for skin revitalization is largely dependent on the clinical condition being addressed but 2 - 5 treatments are common. Your treatment provider will be able to provide you with a personalized plan.
HOW VISIA® SKIN ANALYSIS WORKS
How does the VISIA® complexion analysis work? We use multispectral photos of different wavelengths, including infrared light, to identify visible and invisible changes in the skin that may indicate skin issues and disease. This non-invasive thermal imaging can identify the overall condition of your skin and may even lead to an early diagnosis of skin cancer.
The TruSkin Age™ system evaluates your skin based on the presence of:
- Sun damage just below the skin surface
- Visible spots
- Uneven skin texture (raises or depressions in the skin)
- Enlarged pores
- Pigmentation or discoloration under the skin
- Areas of possible spider veins
- Signs of bacteria within pores, can lead to acne and skin blemishes
HOW YOUR SKIN ANALYSIS IS DONE WITH US
We are proud to offer one of the most comprehensive and advanced skin analysis technologies available here at VIDASKIN Medical Aesthetics Clinic. All our skin treatments start with an in-depth skin analysis with the VISIA® Complexion Analysis system.
The VISIA® Complexion Analysis system makes it possible to customize your skin care program and formulations for your specific complexion, as well as to actively monitor and optimize these formulations over time. See clinically accurate improvements in your skin when you journey with us.
AM I A SUITABLE CANDIDATE FOR PicoSure®
Patients who seek Skin Toning, Skin Rejuvenation, and treatment for Pigmentary Disorders like Melasma, Freckles etc, Pore Refining, and Stretch Marks are ideal candidates for this treatment.
If you are still unsure of how you can benefit from a PicoSure® laser treatment, we would like to invite you down for a nonobligatory, private consultation with Dr. Vicki. At VIDASKIN Medical Aesthetic Clinic, our approach to patient care is personal and bespoke, with carefully crafted treatment plans that perfectly meet your wants and needs.
Feel free to send us some photos instead if you are unable to find the time for a consultation. Our qualified staffs and doctor here at VIDASKIN is here to help you achieve your aesthetic goals so you can look and feel your best.