The laser treatment you choose matters, and we are here to help you make the best choice for your skin and your lifestyle. Continue reading to learn why PicoSure Pro laser skin revitalization treatments are safer and more effective than CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatments.
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Highlights: PicoSure Pro Lasers vs. CO2 Lasers
Below are key reasons why the PicoSure Pro laser is considered to be superior to CO2 lasers, and is one of the most advanced lasers available to deliver total skin rejuvenation:
- Picosure Pro laser treatments have no downtime
- PicoSure Pro lasers use pressure to treat skin, not heat
- PicoSure Pro laser treatments are safe for all skin types
- PicoSure Pro lasers are the only FDA approved laser to treat certain skin conditions such as melasma, Nevus of Ota and Hori’s Nevus
- PicoSure Pro lasers treat a wide variety of skin concerns on all parts of the body such as brown spots, sun damage, pigmented lesions, melasma, acne scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, improving collagen synthesis and elasticity
What happens during a laser skin treatment?
During laser skin treatments, the laser is fractionated off of a medium and a series of mirrors, and the medium used determines the depth the energy is able to reach, reaction within your skin, and outcome of your treatment.
What is a CO2 Laser?
CO2 lasers were first developed by Bell Laboratories in the 1960s and have been a mainstay in the aesthetic industry ever since. A CO2 laser treatment resurfaces the skin by removing the topmost layer, the epidermis, to address skin concerns such as wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring and birthmarks.
CO2 Lasers: What Happens After Treatment?
After CO2 laser treatments, the skin appears burnt, with the ablated areas appearing like they are coated with coffee grounds. Additionally, CO2 laser treatments are not guaranteed to completely rid you of your targeted concerns, requiring multiple treatments to achieve the desired result, with the same extensive downtime required after each treatment. This is not practical for most patients leading modern, busy lifestyles.
While advancements have been made with CO2 lasers that no longer remove the entire epidermis (requiring the entire treatment area be bandaged), significant tissue ablation is still the expected outcome of the treatment, leaving you swollen and facing significant social and physical downtime, along with a greater risk of infection.
What is the PicoSure Pro laser?
A true game changer in laser skin treatments, the PicoSure Pro laser is safe for all skin tones and types, leaving the epidermis intact, resulting in no downtime, and delivering powerful results with no resurfacing required.
After receiving a PicoSure Pro laser treatment, patients notice a darkening of any targeted hyper-pigmented lesions, which will gradually appear to break up just under the skin’s surface as they are excreted through the lymphatic system.
You can continue your daily activities with a little extra sunscreen and your prescribed post-PicoSure Pro laser treatment skincare regimen, and will experience results that rival and even best the traditional CO2 laser-no bandages needed!
How Does the PicoSure Pro Laser Work?
The PicoSure Pro laser uses an Alexandrite crystal as its medium, and the laser energy is emitted at a trillionth of a second resulting in a unique reaction deep within the skin. While most other lasers use heat to ablate tissue or achieve the desired reaction within the skin, the reaction caused by the PicoSure Pro actually creates pockets of pressure in the skin, known as PressureWave™, to shatter pigment, stimulate collagen growth, and engage the use of the body’s lymphatic system to remove the cellular waste created as a result of the treatment.
This results in significant improvements in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture, pore size, and hyperpigmentation over a prescribed treatment course of 3 to 5 sessions. The amount of sessions required to achieve desired and optimal results vary according to skin condition and concerns.
PicoSure Pro Laser Treatments are FDA Approved
The PicoSure Pro laser is the only laser FDA indicated for use on conditions such as melasma, Nevus of Ota, and Hori’s Nevus.
These conditions are often unable to be completely treated with other non-CO2 lasers due to their use of heat to create the reaction necessary to treat the lesion from within the skin. Heat used with other lasers often exacerbates pigmentation issues, either making pigmentation issues worse or producing no visible changes to the skin.
The PicoSure Pro laser skin rejuvenation treatment, alongside a home care regimen that includes specific pigment inhibiting ingredients known as tyrosinase inhibitors, will alter the skin's cellular behavior to prevent the unwanted pigmentation from recurring.
PicoSure Pro Tattoo Removal Treatments
The PicoSure Pro's laser energy penetrates and functions at such a deep level in the skin that it removes tattoos with ease, and with fewer treatments required when compared to traditional tattoo removal laser devices. All ink colors can be safely removed from the skin without ablation, and most often with no hypo-pigment left behind. Learn more about PicoSure Pro laser tattoo removal in Virginia Beach.
Book Your PicoSure Pro Laser Treatment
When selecting your laser treatment, it is important to outline your goals, ensure that your expectations align with the capability of the provider and their equipment, and align with your lifestyle.
With the PicoSure Pro, all skin concerns and types can be treated safely, effectively and with no downtime! A modern lifestyle requires a modern laser. Book your consultation to see what the PicoSure Pro can do for your skin at The Skin Chic!