WHAT IS PICOSURE®?
PicoSure® represents the cutting edge of a type of laser technology known as short-pulse lasers. These lasers are designed to “flash” incredibly quickly, in PicoSure®’s case in trillionths of a second. This rapid flashing minimizes the amount of heat and creates a photomechanical effect that’s highly effective in removing tattoo ink and unwanted pigment
HOW DO I KNOW IF PICOSURE® IS THE RIGHT TATTOO REMOVAL LASER FOR ME?
As the leading picosecond laser, PicoSure® is able to treat all colors of tattoo ink on patients of all skin-types, so it’s very likely that PicoSure® could work for you! Plus, PicoSure® has been shown to remove tattoos in fewer treatments so speak to your local provider to about a treatment plan that’s right for you.
HOW DO I KNOW IF PICOSURE® IS THE RIGHT SKIN REVITALIZATION TREATMENT FOR ME?
PicoSure® is 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. While other aesthetic products and lasers can treat similar conditions, PicoSure® is the only way to achieve great results without the pain, redness and downtime.
IS PICOSURE® SAFE?
PicoSure®’s ultra-fast pulses and specialized wavelengths work together to minimize the amount of heat that is transferred. Less heat means less damage to surrounding skin and less risk of injury.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE FEEL LIKE?
Most people experience very little discomfort and describe skin revitalization treatments as feeling like the snapping of a rubber band. Because tattoo removal treatments use more energy, patients may experience more discomfort, numbing cream can be used to minimize discomfort.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
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.
DO I HAVE TO AVOID THE SUN BEFORE AND AFTER TREATMENTS?
The sun exposes the skin to harmful radiation. To protect itself, the body produces extra melanin, causing the skin to tan. Since PicoSure® targets melanin to remove excess pigment, a heavy tan may interfere with treatment. After laser treatments for removal of tattoos and unwanted pigment, the skin is more vulnerable to sunlight so minimizing sun exposure and use of sunscreen of SPF30+ is recommended.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NECESSARY?
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* is 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. Our doctors will be able to provide you with a personalized plan.
HOW LONG DO THE RESULTS LAST?
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 accumulation of pigment and slow the appearance of wrinkles.
WILL THERE BE SCARRING?
PicoSure® is designed with safety in mind and incidents of scarring are very rare. Tattoo removal treatments require more energy than skin revitalization and some patients may experience hypopigmentation (a lightening in skin color of the treated area) but this is usually temporary and normal skin is typically restored once healing is complete.
WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME?
Recovery times are dependent on the condition being treated and each patient’s ability to heal. Typical treatment intervals are 2-6 weeks for pigmented lesions and 6-8 weeks for tattoo removal. Treatments for acne scars and wrinkles using the Focus lens array can be performed every 3-4 weeks. Our doctors can help create a personalized treatment plan for you.