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PicoSure Laser- Acne Scar, Tattoo Removal and Pigmentation- Hong KongPicoSure


Hong Kong LM SKINCENTRE introduces the Picosure laser system, developed by Candela, has been a revolutionary addition to the field of aesthetic dermatology. Picosure has set a new standard for treating various skin conditions, including pigmented lesions, tattoos, acne scars, and signs of aging.

Understanding PicoSure Laser Technology

PicoSure is a non-invasive laser system that utilizes picosecond pulse width technology. The picosecond pulse width is 1 trillionth of a second, which is 1000 times shorter than the nanosecond pulse width used in traditional Q-switched lasers. This ultra-short pulse width allows for a photomechanical effect known as PressureWave™. This effect targets pigments and tattoos with unmatched precision, breaking them down into tiny particles that can be easily eliminated by the body’s natural processes.

FDA-Cleared Applications

PicoSure has received FDA clearance for the following applications:

  1. Pigmented Lesions: The laser effectively treats various types of pigmented lesions, including sunspots, age spots, and melasma.
  2. Tattoo Removal: PicoSure is highly effective in removing tattoos of all colors, including previously treated or stubborn tattoos.
  3. Acne Scars and Wrinkles: When combined with the proprietary Focus™ Lens Array, PicoSure can improve the appearance of acne scars and wrinkles.
  4. Skin Rejuvenation: PicoSure can enhance skin texture and tone, providing a brighter and more youthful complexion.

The FOCUS Lens Array: Enhancing PicoSure’s Effectiveness

The PicoSure laser system’s effectiveness is further enhanced by the innovative FOCUS Lens Array, a proprietary technology that optimizes the delivery of picosecond laser energy. This lens array is specifically designed to transform the laser’s output, creating a unique treatment effect that significantly improves the skin’s texture and appearance. Let’s explore the mechanism behind the FOCUS Lens Array and the remarkable results it can achieve.

How the FOCUS Lens Array Works

The FOCUS Lens Array is an advanced component of the PicoSure laser system that focuses and redistributes the laser energy more effectively. It operates on the principle of Laser-Induced Optical Breakdowns (LIOBs), which is a process where the laser energy is concentrated to create micro-cavitation bubbles in the skin. These bubbles extend the laser’s photomechanical effect into the deeper layers of the skin without causing surface damage.

By utilizing the FOCUS Lens Array, the PicoSure laser can:

  1. Create an Evaporate Spot: The laser forms a tiny hole in the skin, allowing for deeper penetration of the laser’s energy without damaging the surrounding tissue.
  2. Induce Acoustic Shockwaves: The energy delivered by the laser generates acoustic shockwaves that stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin fibers.
  3. Enhance Skin Resurfacing: The combined effect of micro-cavitation and acoustic shockwaves leads to more effective skin resurfacing, promoting the healing process and improving skin texture.

What the FOCUS Lens Array Achieves

The FOCUS Lens Array significantly contributes to the following outcomes:

  1. Improved Skin Texture: By stimulating collagen and elastin production, the FOCUS Lens Array helps in reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars, leading to smoother and more youthful-looking skin.
  2. Reduced Appearance of Pores: The treatment can effectively minimize the size of pores, contributing to an overall improvement in skin quality.
  3. Enhanced Skin Tightening: The acoustic shockwaves encourage skin tightening by promoting the restructuring of the extracellular matrix.
  4. Sculpted Facial Contours: The FOCUS Lens Array can also be used to create subtle sculpting effects, refining facial contours and enhancing facial symmetry.

Benefits of PicoSure Laser Treatments

– Precision: The picosecond pulse width allows for precise targeting of pigments and tattoos with minimal damage to the surrounding skin.

– Safety: Due to its lower energy requirements, PicoSure is safer and associated with fewer side effects compared to traditional lasers.

– Efficiency: The treatment requires fewer sessions compared to other laser systems, saving time and reducing the overall cost.

– Minimal Downtime: Patients can typically return to their daily activities immediately after treatment, with minimal discomfort or visible signs of treatment.

Treatment Intervals

The interval between PicoSure treatments depends on the specific condition being addressed and the individual’s skin healing process. Generally, treatments are scheduled as follows:

– Tattoo Removal: Treatments are typically spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart to allow the body time to naturally eliminate the ink particles.

– Pigmented Lesions and Skin Rejuvenation: Treatments may be scheduled every 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the response of the skin and the specific treatment plan.

It’s essential to follow the treatment plan recommended by your doctor to achieve optimal results and ensure the safety of the procedure.

Treatment Costs

The cost of PicoSure treatments can vary based on several factors, including:

– The size and complexity of the tattoo or pigmented lesion.

– The number of treatments required.

– The condition being treated

Pre-Treatment Instructions

To ensure the best possible outcome and minimize the risk of side effects, patients should follow these pre-treatment instructions:

– Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, and self-tanning products for at least 4 weeks before treatment.

– Use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen on the treatment area daily.

– Avoid blood-thinning medications, supplements, or drinks like alcohol that may affect clotting for at least 72 hours before the procedure.

– Refrain from using skincare products containing acids, retinoids, or exfoliants on the treatment area for a few days before treatment.

– If required, apply a topical anaesthetic to the treatment area 1 hour prior to the procedure to minimize discomfort.

Post-Treatment Instructions

Proper aftercare is crucial for speeding up the healing process and maximizing results:

– Keep the treated area clean and moisturized, applying a gentle, fragrance-free lotion or Aloe Vera gel as recommended by your provider.

– Avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on the treated area.

– Do not pick, scratch, or rub the treated area, even if it scabs or blisters.

– Avoid activities that may cause excessive sweating or friction on the treated area for at least 48 hours.

– Follow any specific instructions provided by your doctor.

Possible Side Effects

While PicoSure treatments are generally well-tolerated, some possible side effects may include:

– Temporary discomfort, redness, or swelling.

– Pinpoint bleeding or mild crusting.

– Blisters or scabbing in rare cases.

– Hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation, usually temporary but may persist in some cases.

– Infection, although rare with proper aftercare.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How many treatments will I need?

A: The number of treatments varies depending on the condition being treated, the size and color of the tattoo or pigmented lesion, and individual skin characteristics. On average, tattoo removal may require 5 to 10 sessions, while pigmented lesions and skin rejuvenation may need fewer sessions.

Q: Does PicoSure laser treatment hurt?

A: Some discomfort may be felt during the treatment, similar to the sensation of a rubber band snapping against the skin. Topical anaesthetic can be applied to minimize discomfort.

Q: What are the side effects of PicoSure treatment?

A: Common side effects include redness, swelling, and mild discomfort, which typically resolve within a few days. More serious side effects such as scarring or pigmentation changes are rare and can be minimized by following post-treatment care instructions.

Q: What should I do to prepare for PicoSure treatment?

A: Prior to treatment, avoid sun exposure and tanning products for at least 4 weeks. Use a high SPF sunscreen daily on the treatment area. Refrain from blood-thinning substances and exfoliating skincare products a few days before treatment. Topical anesthetic may be applied to minimize discomfort.

Q: How do I care for my skin after PicoSure treatment?

A: Keep the treated area clean and moisturized with Aloe Vera gel or a mild, fragrance-free lotion. Avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen to protect the skin. Do not pick or scratch at any scabs or crusts that may form.

Q: Can I get a tattoo removed and then get another one in the same place?

A: Yes, it is possible to lighten a tattoo in preparation for a cover-up. It is recommended to wait at least six weeks between the last treatment and the new tattoo application.

Q: Are there any contraindications for PicoSure treatment?

A: Certain medical conditions and medications can make PicoSure treatment unsuitable. Consult with a qualified doctor to determine if you are a suitable candidate.

Q: How effective is PicoSure for tattoo removal?

A: PicoSure is highly effective for tattoo removal, surpassing traditional laser treatments in removing difficult ink colors and previously treated tattoos. The picosecond technology breaks down the ink into smaller particles, allowing for easier elimination by the body’s natural processes.

Q: What skin conditions can PicoSure treat besides tattoo removal?

A: Beyond tattoo removal, PicoSure can effectively treat pigmented lesions (such as sunspots, age spots, and melasma), acne scars, and signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. The FOCUS Lens Array further enhances these treatments by stimulating collagen production, improving skin texture and tone.

Q: What is the average cost of PicoSure treatments in Hong Kong LM SKINCENTRE?

A: The cost varies based on factors like treatment area, treatment indications and the number of sessions required. For pigmented lesions, tattoos and skin rejuvenation, the cost can vary widely.

Q: How do I care for my skin after a PicoSure treatment?

A: Keep the area clean and moisturized with gentle, fragrance-free products. Avoid sun exposure, and use a high SPF sunscreen. Do not pick or scratch at the treatment area, and avoid activities that may cause excessive sweating or friction.

Q: How long does a PicoSure treatment session last?

A: The duration of a treatment session depends on the size and number of areas being treated. Generally, sessions can last from 10-15 minutes for small tattoos to longer durations for larger areas or more complex treatments.

Q: Am I a suitable candidate for PicoSure treatments?

A: Suitable candidates for PicoSure treatments include individuals with pigmented lesions, tattoos, acne scars, or signs of aging. Certain contraindications may apply, such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, skin conditions like lupus, or a history of skin cancer. A consultation with a doctor will determine if you are a suitable candidate.

Q: How can I minimize the risk of side effects from PicoSure treatments?

A: Adhering to pre and post-treatment instructions, and maintaining open communication about any concerns can help minimize the risk of side effects. Following a proper aftercare routine is also crucial for reducing complications.