What is PicoSure?
After 13 years of research and clinical testing, Cynosure developed the PicoSure laser. PicoSure is an FDA-cleared skin and scar treatment that is extremely convenient and effective, with minimal downtime. The delivery pattern of the light energy is “fractionated” (split into sections), which is the gold standard for collagen stimulation.
PicoSure’s revolutionary technology is designed to harness the body’s natural healing processes 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.
PicoSure is a groundbreaking laser technology for medical aesthetic facial treatments. Unlike other laser technologies which use heat to treat problematic areas, PicoSure gently delivers ultra-short bursts of energy (pressure waves), to targeted areas to improve the skin’s appearance. “Pico” means one-trillionth, and the PicoSure laser delivers pressurized energy at the rate of one-trillionth of a second, known as a “picosecond.”
The benefit of this amazing speed coupled with the laser’s use of energy ensures that PicoSure does not burn the surrounding tissue. This results in less damage, as well as less discomfort for the patient. By promoting collagen and elastin production through non-traumatic tissue healing, the PicoSure Laser is able to achieve unequaled results with less downtime than other fractionated lasers.
What does PicoSure treat?
PicoSure treats pigmentary conditions and works well for skin revitalization. Improvements are seen in skin texture, quality, dyschromias (sun spots), pigment variations, melasma, and luminosity. While there is no cure for melasma, this one of the few treatments that is effective and safe for melasma, including treatment of darker skin tones. This same technology can be used for tattoo removal as well.
Who is a good candidate for PicoSure laser treatments?
PicoSure’s advanced picosecond technology makes all skin types good candidates for PicoSure laser treatments. PicoSure is very effective for very fair skin types and for patients with more melanin in their skin.
Who is NOT a good candidate for PicoSure? Is PicoSure safe for all skin types?
PicoSure or any other laser treatment is NOT good for anyone who has recently been out in the sun, taking antibiotics or other medications, certain family or personal medical history (e.g. history of keloids or skin scarring disorders) or unrealistic expectations. PicoSure is a safe laser treatment for all skin types.
How is PicoSure performed? What happens during a PicoSure treatment?
The patient’s face will be cleansed and topical numbing applied to the treatment area. The patient will be numbed for 15-20 minutes. During the treatment, the patient will be constantly cooled with a Zimmer blowing cold air for the duration of their treatment. Upon completion, the area will be applied with soothing SkinCeuticals products and sunscreen, together with post-treatment instructions.
Is PicoSure painful?
The PicoSure laser treatment is very tolerable because we numb our patients prior to treatment and have continuous cooling for the duration of your treatment. Many patients prefer no numbing for their elective treatment.
How many PicoSure treatments will I need?
PicoSure Skin Rejuvenation Treatment addresses all the damage we have incurred in our skin prior to the treatment date. Once treated, layers of the skin have been rejuvenated, but will still age like normal skin. If the patient has bad eating habits, doesn’t drink enough water, plays golf every day without sunscreen, etc., obviously their results are not going to last and they will need more frequent treatments.
However, if the patient stays out of the sun, eats well, drinks plenty of water, and wears sunscreen, every treatment will build on the prior session. We recommend an initial four treatment series, and then we re-assess to see where the patients feel they are and where they want to be. Patients typically do most of their treatments during the fall, winter, and spring months, take a break during the summer, and then do several follow up treatments every year. PicoSure is an excellent way to improve and maintain the integrity of our skin.
Is PicoSure safe? What are the risks of PicoSure treatment?
PicoSure Skin Rejuvenation Treatment technology combines a dual approach when treating: a modest photothermal process and a strong photomechanical impact based on ultra-short pulse duration. The practice takes steps to ensure your safety. Our technicians are licensed, you will wear at least one form of protection for your eyes, and we cool your skin with our Zimmer throughout your treatment.
Can I have a PicoSure treatment if I am pregnant?
When a patient is pregnant, she cannot do ANY laser treatments, including PicoSure Skin Rejuvenation laser treatment.
What is the downtime with PicoSure treatments?
With the PicoSure Skin Rejuvenation laser treatment, the patient’s skin will be red for a few hours post-treatment, but in general, there is no down time. The patient may be a little blotchy the next day, but can wear makeup right after treatment and go back to work! As always, sun protection and avoidance is very important.
What can I expect after a PicoSure?
Two days post your PicoSure Skin Rejuvenation laser treatment, you may start “purging.” Purging is after the PicoSure laser has brought all the toxicity in your skin to the surface. This damage shows itself in the form of small, maybe itchy bumps. Patients are instructed to stay well-hydrated and use a dilution of apple cider vinegar and water (twice daily). This will flush out the toxicity and the skin will return to normal. It is essential that the patient drink copious amounts of water because everything passes through the lymphatic system.
The patient may witness improvement during the next six weeks, before their next treatment, but six weeks is the ‘grand reveal’ time for results. It takes the body 4-6 weeks to produce new collagen and elastin. After six weeks, layers of the skin have been rejuvenated and new collagen and elastin will have been produced. Pico results will not expire like Botox or fillers and with care, can be built upon with every forthcoming treatment.
Is PicoSure only for women?
PicoSure Skin Rejuvenation laser treatment can be performed on both men and women.
How long do PicoSure results last?
After your PicoSure Skin Rejuvenation laser treatment, layers of your damaged skin tissue will have been rejuvenated and new collagen and elastin produced, resulting in smaller pores, tighter skin, and increased luminosity. If the patient is compliant with a good skin regime, wears a hat, keeps out of the sun, and uses medical-grade skincare like SkinCeuticals, they can ‘bank’ their results and build on them with every forthcoming treatment. Your skin tissue will age like normal tissue with regards to the above and sun exposure.
What is the best time of year for a PicoSure treatment?
The best times of year for any laser skin treatments, including PicoSure Skin Rejuvenation, are Fall, Winter, and Spring. However, patients that are very careful and keep out of the sun entirely, can be treated year-round.
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