Cynosure’s Picosure is one of the latest launches in laser technologies aimed at tattoo removal, pigmented lesion elimination, acne scarring combating, and treating of fine lines and wrinkles. Having already been awarded an FDA clearance, it is designed to apply condensed energy to trouble areas with evident results and limited downtime.
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How Does Picosure Work?
Picosure employs a 532 nm wavelength or a combination of 755 nm & 532 nm wavelength to deliver short bursts (measured in picoseconds, that is trillionths of a second!) so as to break down tattoo ink into tiny particles (which are easily absorbed by the organism) without leaving burns or scarring on the skin. Moreover, the emitted light stimulates collagen production causing it to generate new skin cells under the skin layer, thus rendering a younger looking skin.
Customarily, the operation lasts from about 45 minutes to 1 hour and is performed under local anesthesia, but general anesthesia is also common in many cases. Special ointments are applied in the end to ensure that the formation of scabs is hindered.
Some of the gains that Picosure can carry through are listed below:
- Remarkable potency, as even persistent tattoos and scars seem to dissipate at a vast rate
- Added accuracy, as only the area under treatment is affected while the surrounding tissue remains intact
- Less damage administered to the skin thanks to the brief pulse width, in contrast to photothermal, burning technology
- Rejuvenated skin with subsided skin irregularities
- Limited number of required treatments compared to other, more conventional methods
- Fewer side effects, less pain
- Reduced number of total treatments necessitated
- Rapid recovery time
In general, Picosure is a considerably safe technique; nevertheless, side effects have not been totally eradicated. For example, a patient may encounter:
- Loss of skin color / pigmentation
- Not totally pain-free procedure, despite being habitually advertised as such
To mitigate or totally shun those adverse reactions, it is vital that potential customers consult a physician and undergo a skin evaluation prior to availing themselves of Picosure.
Areas To Be Treated
Picosure can be applied onto several body areas affected by scars, wrinkles, pigmented lesions, or tattoos. Hands, legs, chest, face are the most usual ones, with tattoos, wrinkles, scarring and age spots being effectively stamped out by the laser.
In general, Picosure cannot be deemed an affordable treatment. Depending on the size of the area treated, a session can be charged for $300-400, which is definitely steep. (For the record, the average price tag displayed on Realself.com is $975.) However, the fact that usually fewer treatments are required with this technique than with the old-fashioned methods is undoubtedly a plus point for Picosure. In accordance with this remark, it comes as no surprise that a substantial number of customers claim that Picosure’s added benefits overcome the hurdle of the increased cost.
The feedback that actual patients can give through their testimonials is ample enough to draw the conclusion that Picosure is an effective and competent method for blotting out the signs of aging and tattoos (Realself.com presents a startling 95% rate of clients’ satisfaction). Most praise its speedy results (that can be achieved with few treatments) as well as its tolerable side effects. Still, some individuals claim that they couldn’t confirm the allegation about the faster removal of tattoos compared to other lasers, although almost everyone consorts with the assertion of the prompt recovery time. In any case, the method’s effectiveness hinges on a number of factors such as the tattoo size, the patient’s skin type etc. For detailed reviews click here.
Before and After Photos
On the whole, Picosure seems to be a potent solution for abating age signs, combating acne scars and especially for undoing tattoos, the latter being a process which, a short time ago, was aching and laborious. So, potential customers should feel reassured to try out this new method as long as they are not on prescription medication for other ailments and have the proper skin type, which should be determined in a pre-consultation session (usually, patients with medium to fair skin tones are considered as ideal candidates). However, it should be taken into consideration that Picosure is less effective on red and orange colors, thus people carrying brightly colored tattoos may need to turn elsewhere for a satisfactory result.