PicoSure Laser Skin Resurfacing – Give Your Face a Lift Without Surgery

 In Aesthetics, Blog, Laser Treatments

Have you been thinking about having some type of facial rejuvenation done? Would you like to turn back the clock to a more youthful appearance but don’t feel you need or want to undergo anything as drastic as a facelift? PicoSure laser skin resurfacing can be the perfect non-surgical solution. It can address a variety of facial issues that contribute to the appearance of aging.

A Bit of History

In 2005, facial skin rejuvenation experienced a major innovation with the introduction of the Fraxel laser. This allowed for gentler treatment of mild to moderate wrinkles, acne scarring, and hyperpigmentation than previously used ablative laser treatments used. It also involves significantly reduced downtime. PicoSure, the world’s first picosecond laser, is the latest innovation in laser skin resurfacing.

How Does PicoSure Work?

PicoSure delivers short laser energy pulses every trillionth of a second. These laser energy pulses are extremely effective in reducing hyperpigmentation and stimulating collagen and elastin production. PicoSure gently disrupts the particles responsible for various hyperpigmentation conditions including sun damage, age spots, and even freckles. The increased production of collagen and elastin improves the structure of the skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars.

Because the energy pulses produced by the PicoSure laser are so short, less heat is generated and the skin surrounding the treatment area will not be affected. PicoSure laser skin resurfacing can provide a more youthful appearance without the complications and recovery periods associated with ablative laser treatments or surgery.

Who Should Consider Laser Skin Resurfacing?

If you are unhappy with your facial appearance due to mild or moderate discoloration, wrinkling or acne scarring, you should talk to your physician about the benefits of PicoSure laser treatments. During a consultation, they will evaluate the condition of your skin and determine if PicoSure is the right treatment option for you. It is imperative that you inform your physician of any medical conditions, allergies or skin infections you may have. Two weeks prior to treatment, certain medicines should be avoided. If you are a smoker, you will need to stop smoking during this time period. You will also need to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen with a high SPF.

The PicoSure Experience

With PicoSure laser skin resurfacing, most patients reported very little discomfort. The sensation experienced during treatment is often compared to a warm, prickly sensation. Everyone’s threshold for pain or discomfort is different. Prior to the procedure, we use a topical numbing cream to make the procedure virtually painless.  If you feel this might be more than you can tolerate, discuss it with your physician.

The length of each treatment can vary depending on the size of the area being treated. On average, each treatment takes about ten minutes. The number of treatments necessary to achieve your desired results will also vary. The typical number of treatments needed ranges between two and five. Your physician will determine how many treatments are needed to address your specific condition.

When treating acne scars, the results are permanent. In most cases of wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, the results are long-lasting. Some hyperpigmentation issues can re-occur and wrinkles may eventually reappear as a result of aging. Some patients have found the receiving PicoSure treatments every six months could help prevent the accumulation of pigment and slow the onset of wrinkles.

Ready to Learn More About PicoSure?

If you want to find out if PicoSure laser skin resurfacing is right for you, the professional staff at Vive Medical Weight Loss and Aesthetics can help. We are proud to provide PicoSure laser skin resurfacing and tattoo removal in New Jersey. We are a unique medical practice, providing aesthetic medicine and medical weight loss to the South Jersey community. Dr. Pinto and his staff offer an extensive variety of services. Schedule your consultation today!