Many people are bothered by complexion issues. They may have acne scars or age spots they would like to eliminate. Wrinkles and fine lines are a common complaint in Inland Empire, where I live and practice. Many would like to improve their skin and get the look they want without the pain or downtime that many treatments require. Now they can. Will it work for you?
Laser treatments versus PicoSure technology
Until now, CO2 laser treatment has been the “gold standard” to improve problem skin.
But while lasers effectively treat a wide range of skin conditions, they are not for everyone. Laser treatments result in a certain amount of pain and downtime. They are often not recommended for African Americans or others with darker skin. A new FDA approved treatment called PicoSure has changed all that. It improves many skin problems in any complexion type with little discomfort and no downtime.
Improving complexion problems without heat
Laser treatments rely on short bursts of intense heat to remove acne scars, brown spots and age spots. Laser skin resurfacing improves fine lines and wrinkles by removing the outer, older layer of skin, exposing the fresh new layer below. In both cases, a controlled thermal injury causes the body’s natural healing process to produce smoother, firmer skin.
In contrast, PicoSure equipment delivers a tightly controlled, highly focused burst of energy that does not rely on heat to get results. Instead, it delivers a laser burst just trillionths of a second long. This creates a tiny shockwave that gently disrupts particles that cause freckles, age spots and skin discoloration.
The pressure exerted on the problem cells activates the body’s natural immune response, which eliminates the particles. Surrounding cells produce chemical signals that stimulate collagen and elastin production. These are key factors in healthy, younger-looking skin. This removes pigment problems like brown spots, age spots, freckles, wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars and even unwanted tattoos in three to four 15 minute treatments.
And because it creates no thermal injury, PicoSure can work for all complexion types – light or dark.
Eliminating age spots, fine lines and wrinkles with no downtime
Since its introduction, laser treatment has always offered excellent results at a price – pain and downtime. Fractional laser technology reduces both. But PicoSure therapy dramatically lessens discomfort and does away with downtime. Treated areas often appear pink for a few hours after treatment. But this can be covered with makeup immediately afterward. You can go right back to work or nearly any other activity.
Sunscreen is recommended for the first few days after treatment. But it’s always a good idea to wear it to avoid premature aging caused by sun exposure. There’s no need to stay home after PicoSure.
PicoSure therapy causes a little discomfort, like a mild sunburn. Some say it feels like a rubber band being snapped against their skin. But that pain fades in minutes. Scarring and hyperpigmentation are very rare, and often unnoticeable if they do occur.
Will this new technology improve your complexion without pain or downtime?
PicoSure’s manufacturer calls it “the most versatile short-pulse laser in the world, allowing it to treat a wide variety of pigment conditions as well as acne scars and wrinkles.” Clearly, it holds great promise. Note what the professional salesperson featured in the video below said after she had “spent a lot of money on creams that didn’t work.”
I had a spot on the side of my face that was pretty dark and very prominent…I like that I was able to come in at lunchtime, get the procedure, and then leave with a little bit of makeup, and visit my clients without them knowing I had a procedure done.
Could PicoSure work well for you? Only a physician who is experienced in both facial rejuvenation and PicoSure treatment methods can say for sure. Why not consult with a facial plastic or plastic surgeon or cosmetic dermatologist in your area. In Inland Empire, we offer this great new technology at STC Plastic Surgery. Let the doctor you consult know your goals. They will be able to tell you if PicoSure can help improve age spots, acne scars, wrinkles or fine lines in your skin tone with no downtime.