5 Surprising Facts You May Not Know About PicoSure®

By the time they reach their mid-30s, most people have developed irregular facial pigmentation, discoloration, wrinkles, freckles, or uneven skin tone on their faces due to sun exposure, genetic factors, and environmental pollution. Often, these marks can make people look older, especially when they appear on other areas of the body such as the neck and chest.

For people who are concerned about these signs of aging, Second to Creation Plastic Surgery is proud to offer the revolutionary new PicoSure® laser – a technological breakthrough that has advanced the field of skin care considerably. Unlike more invasive skin resurfacing techniques, there is no downtime necessary for recovering from a PicoSure® treatment, and the technology only results in mild redness – there is no scabbing or peeling, which may occur with other types of lasers.

PicoSure® offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Improving skin’s tone and texture.
  • Treating age spots, birthmarks, freckles, pigmented lesions, and other damage.
  • Smoothing out shallow wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Removing scars caused by acne.

How does PicoSure® work, and what makes it so different from other treatments? Here, we’ll take a deeper look at the top five facts you should know about getting PicoSure® resurfacing.

1. PicoSure® was originally launched as a tattoo-removal treatment.

While PicoSure® is still a popular way to remove ink from unwanted tattoos, the same technology that makes it so effective at doing so also means it can get rid of any other pigmentation you might view as a flaw. Instead of using heat to melt the colors, PicoSure®’s innovative fast-pulse lasers deliver rapid-fire bursts of energy that cause the tiny particles of pigment to vibrate so fast they shatter – all without harming the surrounding skin.

2. PicoSure® encourages collagen and elastin production in your skin.

PicoSure® is an excellent way to treat a wide variety of skin conditions and imperfections. The energy it generates activates the body’s own natural healing response, which allows the tissues to rebuild and restore themselves. Your treatments will diminish your fine lines, skin discoloration and other issues, leaving you with a bright, radiant and younger-looking appearance. Even stubborn acne scarring can be permanently improved with PicoSure®’s safe, FDA-approved treatment method.

3. PicoSure® is safe for any skin tone.

Another advantage of PicoSure® is that unlike most other lasers, it can provide great results for patients of all complexions. PicoSure® is appropriate for skin types I to VI (the lightest to the darkest skin tones), and it won’t create any scarring.

4. PicoSure® is not painful.

Many people ask us if their PicoSure® sessions will hurt. While every person’s pain threshold is different, most of our patients report only a mild sensation, equivalent to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against their skin. Overall, PicoSure® is a mild and comfortable treatment that doesn’t require any numbing, anesthetic, or pre-procedure instructions to follow.

5. PicoSure® is a quick and long-lasting way to refresh your skin.

Each PicoSure® treatment only takes 15 minutes to perform. Most patients need three sessions of PicoSure®, four to six weeks apart, to see their desired results. Some treatments, like acne scar removal, are permanent. Other rejuvenation treatments will last several months at a time but might need periodic maintenance treatments to keep skin looking its best.

Who Is a Good Candidate for PicoSure®?

PicoSure® is an exceptional option for people who are dissatisfied with wrinkles, scars, sun damage, or other skin complaints, but who do not want to concern themselves with the risks and recovery time that are linked with more aggressive skin resurfacing methods. PicoSure® is a gentle, quick, and highly versatile way to refresh skin’s appearance, encourage new collagen and elastin formation, and reverse the common signs of aging.

The ideal candidate for PicoSure® is someone who:

  • Is seeking a solution to blemishes, flaws, and uneven skin tone.
  • Wants a treatment that has been proven safe for all skin types.
  • Does not want any recovery time.
  • Is worried about side effects and risks that occur with other approaches to skin resurfacing.
  • Desires a quick, pain-free way to refresh their appearance.

Getting the Best Results from Your PicoSure® Treatment

After your PicoSure® session, there is no need to take time off work for healing, and you can resume your normal daily routine with no activity restrictions. However, it is essential to note the importance of getting into a habit of avoiding excessive sun exposure after getting treatment.

PicoSure® will make your skin more sensitive to the harmful ultraviolet radiation that comes from the sun, so if you don’t want to reverse all the improvements PicoSure® has made to your skin, staying out of the sun is your best course of action. When you do have to spend time outdoors, use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, and apply regularly to shield yourself from sun damage.

Ready to Learn More About PicoSure®?

If you’ve decided PicoSure® is right for you, contact our friendly staff at 909-476-2600 to book a consultation with Dr. Machida today.