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Picosecond Laser: What It Is, Benefits, and Post-Treatment Measures

Picosecond laser technology is a non-surgical, non-invasive laser skin treatment that can address the most common skin imperfections, including spots caused by sun damage and acne scarring. Picosecond technology is one of the most advanced laser treatments currently available for aesthetic skin treatments. It delivers noticeable, permanent results in fewer sessions than comparable options, is a safe alternative, requires minimal downtime, and is versatile in its usage for the entire face and body.

How Does Picosecond Laser Boost Skin Freshness 

Picosecond laser technology allows for the quick, effective, highly selective treatment of pigmented lesions and tattoos (in treatable colors). If you want to address hyperpigmentation on your skin or simply want to remove an old tattoo, picosecond laser is your ultimate ally. This laser also enhances elastin production in the skin, resulting in a softer, fuller, more youthful complexion. Thus, it rejuvenates and refreshes the skin. The Picosecond laser works by sending ultra-short pulses of energy to targeted problem areas. Surprisingly enough, this laser technology does not include heat energy usage. The laser’s impact on the skin is intense, shattering the problem skin pigment or particles. These are then eliminated naturally by the body.

The Picosecond laser is exact, allowing the practitioner to achieve the most natural-looking results. The pigmented lesions, once broken apart, are eradicated, and the skin becomes clearer and smoother. Although its pulses of energy are highly concentrated, the laser’s effect is gentle to the outer layer of the skin. Pico treatments do not burn the skin – patients typically experience very little or no discomfort during their treatment. This feature makes this laser technology different from all the other skin rejuvenating treatments. 

Various Benefits of Picosecond Laser for the Skin 

Picosecond laser technology not only addresses dark spots, pigmentation, and stubborn scars it also provides additional skin benefits. Some of these benefits are: 

  • Picosecond laser treatments are highly targeted, meaning any damage risk is contained and minimized. For this reason, Pico is exceptionally safe and can be applied to any area of the face and body.
  • Picosecond laser treatments demand no downtime. Some may experience redness and swelling, but this should subside within a few hours. Patients can usually go about their day immediately.
  • Picosecond laser treatments are not painful. You may experience slight, temporary discomfort, but nothing like surgical or invasive treatments.
  • Picosecond laser helps patients achieve their desired results in fewer sessions than other laser technologies. Some secure the outcome they wanted after just one session.
  • Picosecond laser has very few to no side effects. You don’t have to worry about damaging your skin or dealing with unsightly or uncomfortable skin conditions.
  • Pico laser treatments are super-fast, taking between five and 30 minutes per session.

After-Treatment Care 

Avoid Rubbing or Scratching Your Skin

After a treatment, some patients may experience slight redness or skin tenderness and sensitivity. Avoid excessively touching, rubbing, or scratching your skin is best, as this can lead to further inflammation or irritation. After a treatment, it is always best to allow your skin to repair itself naturally and, in turn, encourage more effective skin rejuvenation results.

Avoid Wearing Any Make Up

As your skin is at its most sensitive just after a skin treatment, applying any make-up products such as a foundation or face powder may only work to aggravate your skin further. Certain foundations may contain ingredients, additives, fragrances, or oils that can congest your skin and block your pores, leading to irritation and preventing your skin from attaining the best outcome from your treatment. Before applying makeup, it is best to wait a few days for your skin to heal.

Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Regular moisturizing and keeping your skin hydrated adequately after a PicoSure treatment will help to promote healing. Most laser technicians will advise using a post-laser cream or balm, followed by an unscented moisturizer or aloe vera gel. Opt for natural options or a moisturizer with added SPF where possible, and avoid using any moisturizers that are heavily scented or rich in texture. It is also incredibly beneficial to ensure that you drink plenty of water to help further keep your skin hydrated.

Regularly and Gently Cleanse Your Skin

When washing your face for the first time after treatment, it is essential to avoid hot water as it may cause further burning to your already sensitive skin. Be sure to wash your face gently with cool or lukewarm water to promote healthy healing. Consult a clinical professional about cleansing and the types of cleanser you can use directly after the procedure. However, a gentle oil-free cream or gel cleanser will be your best option. Avoid using an exfoliator or face scrub, a cleansing brush, or washing your face too vigorously. Our experts at Cutera Aesthetics will thoroughly guide you about all the preventive measures you must consider post-treatment.