Frequently Asked Questions

What is Picosure?

PicoSure® is the world’s first picosecond aesthetic laser platform for multiple aesthetic applications including tattoo removal, acne scar treatment, removal of pigmented lesions and wrinkle treatment. This unparalleled breakthrough in laser technology delivers ultra-short pulse bursts of energy to the skin in trillionths of a second to gently target and eliminate pigment without harming the surrounding skin. Improve the look of your skin and achieve a more youthful appearance by removing pigment or treating wrinkles and acne scars faster than ever before with PicoSure.

Skin Revitalisation

Pigment FAQ’s:

Melanin gives us our skin color. Pigmented lesions including sunspots, age spots, and brown patches, are dark in color because the melanin is concentrated in one area of the skin. Most pigmented lesions come from sun exposure while some patients are born with them. Hormonal changes can also induce pigment changes in the skin.

This picosecond laser canremove a variety of benign unwanted pigmentation. Age spots, freckles, and brown patches can all be removed with PicoSure. Epidermal as well as dermal pigment can be treated very effectively. The alexandrite picosecond laser is very effective for treatments of Nevus of Ota with a lower number of sessions needed.
A series of treatments is usually recommended. Each patient is unique and will be evaluated prior to treatment.
Most patients find the procedure tolerable and require no numbing cream or anesthesia. The use of a forced air cooling system is recommended. Patients often compare the laser pulse to a snap of a thin rubber band however everybody is different and it can depend on the level of treatment needed.
It is important to keep the area clean and to avoid any irritation. Your practitioner will provided additional after care instructions as needed to ensure a quick recovery.

Scar Treatment FAQ’s:

Unlike surgery, laser acne scar treatment uses ultra-short pulses of laser light to reach deeply into the skin’s sub-layers, treating the support structure. Then the body’s natural healing process sweeps away older, damaged tissue and rebuilds it with fresh, new collagen and elastin—the crucial building blocks of normal-looking skin. It’s a fast and simple procedure that’s easy to tolerate and requires little-to-no downtime.
Laser acne scar treatment is FDA-cleared for acne scars on any area of the body, including the face.
Laser acne scar treatment can work on many skin types, including very light and darker skin. Contact a provider to find out if you are a good candidate for this treatment.
The treatment can be performed in as little as 15 minutes or less, depending on the size of the targeted area.
Most people feel minimal discomfort during laser acne scar treatment. Your physician will work with you on the best option for optimal comfort based on your individual situation.
Most people resume regular activities immediately following the treatment session.
Typical side effects include temporary redness and swelling at the treatment site. Unwanted pigmentation associated with the acne scarring should slightly frost (whiten) during treatment, then darken over the following 24 hours and then shed over time.

Wrinkle Treatment FAQ’s:

With a unique combination of leading-edge technologies, our light-based treatments target all three layers of photodamaged tissue, epidermal pigment, mid-dermal wrinkles, and deep-dermal laxity. Then the body’s natural healing process sweeps away older, damaged tissue and rebuilds it with fresh, new collagen and elastin—the crucial building blocks of youthful looking skin.

If youhave fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, or any area of your body including face, hands, and arms you may be a good candidate for the PicoSure treatment.
Your treatment provider may offer ways to make this acomfortable experience. Since everyone is different, and this depends on the level of treatment needed, it is best to discuss all of your options with your laser treatment provider.
A series of 3-4 treatments is recommended. Treatment intervals are 2-4 weeks but can be up to 8 weeks for darker skin types. Each patient is unique and will be evaluated prior to treatment.
Side effects include temporary redness and swelling at the treatment site thattypically resolves in less than an hour but in some cases may linger for up to 24 hours.
Adverse effects can include hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, mild erythema and edema, and possible scarring and infection. By following your practitioner’s post-treatment care instructions you will significantly decrease the risk of these adverse effects.

Tattoo Removal

Laser energy is delivered to the tattoo, targeting the ink and breaking it down into smaller particles. The particles are eliminated through the body’s natural processes resulting in a lightening of the tattoo ink.
For many patients, the feeling of laser tattoo removal has been compared to what it feels like when getting a tattoo, however it is very fast. Your practitioner will work with you on the best comfort option based on your individual situation.
The number of laser treatments needed for tattoo removal is dependent on a number of variables such as ink type, size of the tattoo, location on the body,how many colors are in the tattoo, scarring in the area,density of the ink,amateur vs professional tattoo, type of laser used, lifestyle habits, own immune system etc. During your consultation, a practitioner will evaluate your tattoo and recommend a realistic treatment regime to help you achieve the best results.
While it typically takes 4-8 weeks for the body to absorb the ink particles, every patient and tattoo responds differently. Generally treatments are 6-8 weeks apart, to allow for skin recovery and also the physiological processes to eliminate the ink from the tissue.
You may seean immediate slight whitening or “frosting” of the skin, however that will subside immediately after the treatment is complete. Othereffects include mild swelling and redness.
Until the launch of PicoSure, Q-Switched lasers had been considered the gold standard for removing tattoos. Q-Switched laser treatments use thermal energy to heat up and break apart the ink particles. Now with PicoSure, ultra-short pulses hit the ink particle with a pressure so great, the ink shatters into tiny dust-like particles. Because the particles are so small, they are more readily absorbed and eliminated by the body. PicoSure has been proven success in treating even dark, stubborn blue and green inks, as well as previously-treated, stubborn tattoos that were not successfully cleared in the past.
Tattoos can be lightened in preparation for a cover-up tattoo.