Pico Skin Rejuvenation
Laser skin rejuvenation is the process of using laser/light-based energy to lighten brown spots commonly known as age spots, freckles and benign moles. These lasers can also reduce the appearance of acne scarring and vascular lesions. Skin will look more youthful following laser treatments. We offer Syneron Candela’s PicoWay laser, which is the latest advancement in laser technology, as well as the Cynosure Elite laser.
All skin types are candidates for skin rejuvenation if the proper lasers are used. We do offer an array of lasers that allow us to treat any skin type. Darker skin tones will need to have test spots done prior to a full treatment to determine if the treatment will be of benefit. All skin types may be treated for skin rejuvenation, however only the lighter skin tones will benefit from treatments for the removal of brown spots. Your skin type and medical history will determine whether you are a candidate for a particular laser treatment. Our staff can determine which treatments are right for you during the consultation process.
These optimal wavelengths of light clear pigmented and vascular lesions by targeting melanin. The pigmented and vascular lesions selectively absorb the laser energy and are broken up. The damaged lesions are then cleared by the body. They undergo a mild peeling and slough off, removing the appearance of the lesion from the skin.
The most important preparation is to avoid any sun exposure for 2 weeks prior to your skin rejuvenation treatment. Sun exposure increases your chance of blistering or burning. Self-tanners and spray tans should also be avoided. If you have had sun exposure or tanned we will need to reschedule your appointment. We also ask that you shave the area to be treated the day before your visit. All retinol or Retin-A products should be stopped a week prior to your treatment. It is best if you are well rested and hydrated on the day of your appointment. If you are having a treatment on your face, we will need to remove your makeup before we can treat your skin.
After you arrive, the staff will take pictures of the area to be treated. Pictures are very important and allow both you and us to judge how the treatment is working. Once the pictures have been taken, you will be positioned on the bed in the treatment room. Your skin will be thoroughly cleansed before we begin. You will then put on laser safety glasses prior to the procedure. Your glasses may not allow you to see during the treatment, but we will be right there with you. The laser may feel like a rubber band snapping and your skin may become warm. You may also feel cold air blowing on your skin to reduce the discomfort. Once the treatment is completed your skin may stay red for a few hours. Brown spots may also turn white, a process known as frosting. These are all normal reactions. Applying sunscreen is mandatory and you may apply your makeup over the treated area. You should avoid any retinol products for a week after your treatments. Please call us if you have any concerns!
You may resume normal activities after your treatment. However, sun exposure, exercise and hot water may lead to increased redness and inflammation. Once the redness has subsided, you can resume all normal daily activities. It is important to practice proper sun protection following any laser procedure. Continued exposure to the sun will encourage the production of additional pigment and contribute to premature aging of the skin.
Pigmented lesions, scarring and vascular lesions that are removed will be permanently gone. The treatment, however, will not prevent the formation of future lesions.
Laser skin rejuvenation is considered a cosmetic treatment and is not covered by insurance. We do offer CareCredit
, a 6 to 12 month interest-free payment plan developed for health and cosmetic services.
You can set up a consultation to explore your options for laser skin rejuvenation with one of our cosmetic providers.
After 2 treatments of PicoWay. Photos courtesy of David Friedman, MD.
After 1 treatment of PicoWay. Photos courtesy of David Friedman, MD.
After 1 treatment of PicoWay. Photos courtesy of Henry Chan, MD.