PicoSure technology combines a dual approach when treating: a modest photothermal process and a strong photomechanical impact based on ultra-short pulse duration. This combination of photothermolysis and intense photomechanical impact, known as PressureWave™, breaks up the intended target, e.g., ink or pigment, into particles that are easily eliminated from the body.
The basis of laser treatment for the removal of tattoos is the destruction of ink particles by absorption of laser energy without damaging surrounding tissue. Tattoo ink particles may be located in dermal fibroblasts. These fibroblasts are predominantly in a perivascular location beneath a layer of fibrosis.
Targeting Pigmented Lesions
The basis of laser treatment for benign pigmented lesions is the destruction of abnormal amounts of melanin in the skin without damaging surrounding tissue.
In benign pigmented lesions, melanin is the chromophore that absorbs the intense laser energy causing the target to be destroyed. Melanin is present in the superficial layers of the skin, the dermis and the intra-epidermal layer.
Adverse effects can include discomfort, redness, swelling, pinpoint bleeding, blistering, scabbing, crusting and bruising, which are usually transient and resolve without intervention.
Possible adverse effects include pustules, skin burns, hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, scarring, infection and allergic reaction. Most of these are transient and resolve over time.
How Do I Prepare For My PICOSURE Laser Treatment?
All retinol products must be eliminated from your skin care routine for at least 2 weeks prior to your PICOSURE laser treatment. Sun exposure and topical tanning treatments such as spray tans should also be avoided for 2-4 weeks prior to your treatment.
Am I A Candidate For PICOSURE?
If you have sun spots that appear as flat areas of discoloration that are various shades of brown, age spots, freckles, fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes and mouth, then you are a candidate for PICOSURE laser treatment.