PicoSure Pro is a powerful laser that delivers 755nm energy in picoseconds for treatment of pigmentation and skin revitalization. As the latest revolution in pico-second technology, it removes unwanted pigment, wrinkles, acne scars, pores and tattoos with a much higher success rate compared to traditional lasers.
The delivery of energy is so rapid that it spares the skin from high thermal damage, leading to a safer and more effective treatment with minimal to no downtime.
PicoSure Pro Benefits:
✔️ Treats various forms of benign pigmented lesions including sun spots, melasma, nevus of Ota, Hori’s nevus and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
✔️ Improves fine lines and wrinkles
✔️ Reduces acne scars and pore sizes
✔️ Stimulates collagen and elastin production
✔️ Removes tattoos
✔️ Improves overall skin tone and texture; providing patients with a healthier and more radiant complexion
Natural aging and environmental stressors eventually lead to degenerated skin that has excess melanin accumulation in the epidermis and/or dermis, low activity of epidermal cellular turnover, and decreased collagen and elastin levels. Therefore, in order to successfully revitalize the skin and reverse some of the visible signs of aging, we must:
✔️ Target and break up excess melanin to ease its removal
✔️ Expedite epidermal cellular turnover
✔️ Induce collagen and elastin production and remodel the dermal extracellular matrix (ECM)
The great news is the PicoSure Pro technology tackles all of these skin issues at the same time with the same procedure; hence all-in-one skin revitalization.
PicoSure Pro uses primarily photomechanical action and delivers ultra-short picosecond pulses of energy. Energy is delivered so quickly (in a trillionth of a second) that it vibrates and shatters the unwanted pigment and tattoo ink into tiny sand particles that are more easily eliminated by the body’s natural detoxification system. This is a very different approach compared to traditional lasers, which use photothermal action; relying solely on heat to break up unwanted melanin. Less heat translates to less tissue damage and discomfort.
PicoSure Pro’s advanced technology spares the skin from high thermal damage while optimally targeting the chromophore for better clearance in fewer treatments.
PicoSure Pro is the new and upgraded version of PicoSure, which is known to be the worldwide gold standard for pigment removal and skin rejuvenation; proven to offer even better, faster and more remarkable results.
The PicoSure Pro has several features that help alleviate the previous limitations of the PicoSure. Among these features is the new adjustable fluence system, in which the energy being delivered for a given spot size can be adjusted based on the individual patient’s skin. This is very important as every skin is different and therefore a more versatile and customizable treatment ultimately produces more desirable results.
Although all of these treatments work to improve hyperpigmentation, they target melanin and the skin differently. In many cases, patients can benefit from a combination of these treatments to achieve optimal, long-term results. We call this our comprehensive, integrative approach to hyperpigmentation. At the end of the day, what we use to treat and how we treat a patient’s skin is always personalized based on various factors including the patient’s skin type, skin concerns and the forms of hyperpigmentation that we are dealing with.
The medical aesthetician or nurse will first cleanse and numb the treatment site with topical lidocaine for 15 minutes to help minimize discomfort.
The larger treatment areas are divided into quadrants using a white pencil to ensure the laser is distributed precisely, effectively and efficiently.
During treatment, a slight snapping sound will be heard as the laser passes over the treatment area. Patients may feel some mild discomfort.
To calm the skin following laser procedure and to expedite recovery, we apply a hydrating silk mask for 10-15 minutes, followed by moisturiser and sunscreen application to end the treatment.
There is typically minimal to no downtime with PicoSure Pro treatment. Patients may experience temporary redness and swelling at the treatment site. The redness typically resolves itself in a couple of hours following procedure. Unwanted pigment may darken over the next 24 hours before fading away.
We apply topical lidocaine prior to treating the skin to ensure patient comfort.
Most patients will need about 3-6 sessions at 4-week intervals to fully address their skin concerns and for the best results. Depending on the severity and forms of hyperpigmentation, more treatments may be required. Patients may begin to notice some improvements in as little as a few weeks after one treatment.
This advanced picosecond technology is safe to be used on all skin types including darker skin tones. PicoSure Pro is safer than many alternative lasers that uses heat to produce results.
Total treatment time (including numbing and mask application) is about 30-45 minutes.
There is typically very minimal downtime with the PicoSure Pro treatment. Avoid strenuous activities for the first 24 hours. Make-up can be applied four hours following procedure. It’s important to avoid sun exposure and ensure proper sun protection and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. This helps to prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and recurrence of pigmentation.
We recommend patients to stop using retinol for one week prior to treatment and wait one week after treatment before resuming usage.
It is important that you wait at least 6 months after stopping Accutane to proceed with laser treatment.