Pico laser is one of the most popular and effective skin treatments that has taken the world by storm. Also referred to as picosecond laser, this advanced treatment is noninvasive and nonsurgical. Pico laser can also be safely done on different areas of the body.
Good Candidates for Pico Laser Treatment
Pico laser would be a great option to treat the following skin problems:
- Fine lines
- Sun damage
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Pigmented lesions
Pico laser is also an effective option to remove unwanted tattoos. While most lasers are typically used on the face, pico laser can also be safely used on other areas of the body including the chest, neck, back, hands, and arms. This means there is now an option to eliminate back and body acne scars for good.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Pico Lasers
How many treatment sessions are needed before results are visible?
The number of treatment sessions needed will depend on several factors including your unique skin goals. To get an accurate estimate of the sessions needed, it would be best to schedule a consultation first. However, on average, at least three to six sessions are needed to achieve the desired outcome.
The recommended interval in between sessions is 2 to 4 weeks apart. Pico laser is known to be very efficient and fast. The device gives off energy bursts that are way more powerful that others. The procedure typically takes 15 to 30 minutes. However, this would also depend on the area that is being treated.
Will the treatment hurt?
Your dermatologist will make sure you are comfortable and calm during the procedure. If you have any fear, concerns, or apprehensions, make sure to discuss it with your doctor prior to the procedure. Compared to other laser treatments however, pico laser is considered more tolerable. In terms of pain, most rate it a 2 out of 10.
Understandably, there are also factors that can affect your comfort during the procedure including your pain tolerance and the specific area that is being treated. While some patients will require the use of a numbing cream, others prefer not to have one. Fortunately, the procedure is just very quick.
What can I expect after the procedure?
Just like most laser procedures, patients can expect some swelling and redness to occur after. In some cases, the redness can give patients a slightly flushed look. However, the extent will depend on the area that is being treated. Fortunately, unlike other procedures, pico laser won’t require any downtime.
This means patients can immediately return to their normal routine. Oftentimes, any swelling and redness will subside in just a few hours. While it is okay to wear makeup or go out, it would be best to refrain from doing so especially immediately after the procedure.
Also makeup might contain oils and other chemicals that will not only block the pores but will also interfere with the healing process of the skin. To ensure best results are achieved, it is recommended that you do not rub or scratch the treated area. Remember that the damage might interfere with the healing and irritate the skin.
What are the possible side effects of pico laser?
One of the most prevalent side effects of the procedure is lingering swelling or redness. However, in most cases, the redness and swelling will only last 24 hours. Another likely side effect would be unwanted pigmentation that is typically associated with acne scarring.
If unwanted pigmentation occurs, the scars will first appear slightly white. However, after the treatment, the scars will darken. It is expected to shed in the next two to five days. The good thing is this side effect is rare and harmless.