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In the world of cosmetic dermatology, laser technology has offered treatment for a variety of different skin conditions, from the signs of aging to facial pigmentation and discoloration to tattoo removal. Though there are a variety of non-invasive laser treatment options available, one of the most popular for revitalizing the skin and removing unwanted tattoos is the Picosure® Laser. The Picosure laser is best known for its ability to treat pigment in all skin types, induce new collagen, and treat tattoos, sun spots, wrinkles, and induce new collagen production.

The Picosure laser is an innovative device manufactured by Cynosure that can treats the skin with three different wavelengths – 532nm, 755nm, and 1064 nm wavelengths. These different wavelengths allow for the careful treatment of a variety of different pigments. Due to this flexibility, Picosure laser treatments can help to reduce the appearance of brown spots or other pigmentation, improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and remove all different colored tattoos in their entirely.

If you’re frustrated by the appearance of age spots, sun spots, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, or discoloration on your skin, or are looking to remove an unwanted tattoo, NYC-based, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Green offers a range of laser skin treatments, for skin tightening, sun damage, laser hair, redness, rosacea, acne, stretch marks, and cellulite. Whether your skin is showing the visible signs of aging, due to genetics, sun damage, wrinkling, or acne scars, Dr. Green can reverse these changes easily with a combination of the best skincare and laser treatments with little or no downtime.

What is the Picosure Laser?

Picosure laser treatments were initially designed to help with tattoo removal, but are now commonly used to treat a range of different issues including fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, freckles, and overall skin revitalization. Picosure is an FDA-approved laser and utilizes ultra-short pulse energy bursts to provide overall skin rejuvenation. It is suitable for all skin types and is routinely used to remove wrinkles, improve skin texture, treat acne scars, and remove sun spots and unwanted pigmentation. Picosure can handle tattoos of all different ink colors, including difficult to treat colors, such as orange and yellow.

How does the Picosure Laser work?

The Picosure laser relies on a photothermal impact in trillionths of a second. Additionally, the Picosure’s picosecond technology tailors the pulse duration of the laser into short bursts in order to spare the skin from high thermal damage. With Picosure’s picosecond laser pulse duration, patients can safely experience skin correction in fewer treatments. The Picosure laser it able to target melanin in order to treat a range of unwanted pigmentation and pigmentary conditions, and has customizable treatments to address 2-6mm, 8mm, and 10mm spot sizes.

The Picosure laser also contains unique Focus Lens Array technology is designed to create microscopic, photomechanical reactions along the surface of the skin. This essentially converts the laser energy into gentle pressure waves which activate cell signaling and stimulate an enhanced inflammatory healing process. This cell signaling to the dermis increases collagen and elastin in the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and, in some cases, acne scarring.  The breakthrough of Focus Lens Array technology enables skin revitalization without the need for downtime.

Picosure Laser Treatment for Skin Rejuvenation

Though the Picosure laser was initially designed for Tattoo removal, it has since been FDA-approved for overall skin rejuvenation. The Picosure laser is an excellent option for patients who looking to eliminate unwanted pigmentation, such as age spots, sun spots, or brown spots. Additionally, its ability to ignite new elastin and collagen production within the dermis can help to create a more youthful appearance by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Through this new collagen production, the texture of your entire skin is rejuvenated with almost no recovery time.

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Picosure Laser Treatment for Tattoo Removal

As the Picosure Laser was initially developed and approved for laser tattoo removal, it’s an excellent tattoo removal option. The Picosure’s 532nm, 755nm, and 1064 nm wavelengths can help to remove a wide variety of tattoo inks. The 532nm wavelength is effective in removing warm colors such as red, orange and yellow, and the 755nm wavelength easily removes black, blue, and green ink colors. The 1064nm wavelength delivery is an excellent option in removing black ink on patients with darker skin types. Additionally, the boost mode on the Picosure laser safely and effectively treats recalcitrant tattoos through the use of a shortened pulse width.

Dr. Green offers a variety of non-invasive laser tattoo removal treatment options, including the AlexTrivantage laser.

Can Picosure Completely remove tattoos?

Picosure is able to effectively, safely, and permanently remove tattoos from the surface of the skin for a wide variety of patients. Picosure Laser Treatments can be applied to most areas of the body, and patients typically find that unwanted pigment and tattoo ink can be fully removed in a series of 3-6 treatment sessions, spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart, depending on the tattoo and your skin tone.

What is Picosure Laser Treatment?

The process for Picosure Laser Treatment is simple and convenient. First, you’ll meet with Dr. Green for an initial consultation where you can discuss your medical history, current skin condition, and individual needs and goals. If Picosure laser treatment is determined to be the right option for you, you’ll engage in a scheduled treatment sessions, tailored to meet your cosmetic objectives.

During a Picosure laser session, Dr. Green will use a handheld device to apply the Picosure laser energy to the treatment area, which in turn will remove unwanted pigment in as little as 20 to 30 minutes. The sensation typically feels like a warming of the skin–akin to being out in the sun too long–and this feeling subsides after the treatment is completed.

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Does Picosure Laser hurt?

The Picosure Laser treatment with Focus Lens Array technology is considered to be a pain-free treatment. Most patients find that discomfort is quite minimal during treatment – if there is any discomfort at all. However, a topical numbing cream can be applied to further limit any potential discomfort during the treatment.

What to Expect after Picosure

Both before and after Picosure laser treatment, it is imperative that you avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds, and wear high-SPF sunscreen daily, in order to protect healthy skin. As Picosure laser treatment targets melanin in the skin, sun protection is of the utmost importance. After treatment, skin may feel slightly “sunburned”, and mild redness may appear on the treatment site. However, these effects should subside quickly and patients can resume normal activity immediately post-treatment, though we recommend patients avoid strenuous activity for a few days.

Are there any side effects to Picosure Laser Treatment?

Picosure Laser Treatment is considered a non-invasive laser treatment with minimal side effects. Patients may experience redness or tenderness on the skin which should subside shortly after a treatment session. Additionally, patients are advised to avoid direct sunlight after treatment, as this may damage healthy skin in the treatment area, leading to hyperpigmentation.

Can Picosure make melasma worse?

As the Picosure Laser targets melanin in the skin, Dr. Green recommends that patients with melasma do not engage with Picosure Laser treatments. However, Dr. Green is an expert in treating patients with melasma, and offers safe and effective skin care, chemical peels, and Cosmelan in-office alternatives to reduce the appearance of melasma on the skin. Learn more about treatment for melasma.

How much is Picosure Laser Treatment?

The answer to how much does Picosure cost varies widely depending on the size and skin condition of the area being treated. In general, however, the cost of laser tattoo removal for Picosure Laser Treatment session, depends on the size and intricacy of the tattoo. Typically, the cost a Picosure Laser spot treatment for pigmentation or skin rejuvenation will be comparable to that of a large laser tattoo removal treatment session.

Other laser skin treatment options

Other popular aesthetic laser options to treat a similar range of skin conditions include both Thermage and the BBL Broadband Laser for skin tightening. For those individuals looking to treat unwanted pigment issues, non-surgical options include the Fraxel® laser for scars, pigmentation and laser resurfacing or the AlexTrivantage laser to help remove all colored tattoos, sun spots and pigmented lesions. Other options for improving the tone and texture of the skin include Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy and the VBeam laser for redness and rosacea.

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Acne scar treatments and Picosure Laser

Last but not least, for those patients who are suffering from acne scars, there are a range of procedures available that also include laser treatments, such as the Fraxel Dual, eMatrix laser, Clear + Brilliant, V-beam laser, chemical peels, TCA Cross, Aquagold, and dermal fillers. Additionally, for patients seeking skin rejuvenation for fine lines and wrinkles, Dr. Green offers a variety of injectable cosmetic treatment options, such as Botox and popular hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, and Sculptra. These injectable treatments can often be combined with laser treatments in order to optimize skin rejuvenation.

Downtime after each treatment varies, as do the number of treatment sessions. However, for the most part, this laser treatments requires virtually no recovery time and have minimal side effects. Depending on what is being treated, optimal results may require more than one treatment session. To find out whether any of these treatment types are suitable for you, you can discuss your concerns with Dr. Green and formulate a treatment plan through a virtual or in-person consultation.

If you are seeking help in removing unwanted pigmentation, sun damage, or facial discoloration, the Picosure laser may be the best treatment for you. Not only does it treat sun spots, age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, but it produces new collagen stimulation and provides an all over more youthful appearance. Dr. Michele Green is a expert in cosmetic skin rejuvenation, in her private and discreet NYC dermatology office. With the best skin care, cutting edge lasers, dermal fillers, Botox, Juvederm, and cosmetic treatments, Dr. Green will help you get beautiful, clear skin, without any discoloration. To find out more about Picosure and other laser treatment options – contact us online or at 212 535 3088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Green today.

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