Picosecond laser treatment
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PICOSECOND Q & A
What is Picosecond laser?
The picosecond laser is a medical cosmetic technology that removes unwanted tattoo, rejuvenate the skin, and remove pigment like freckles and sunspot.
Can a picosecond laser remove all types of spots?
Picosecond laser are more effective for treating dark spots cause by melanocytes, such as freckles, and chloasma. Picosecond laser can not remove red spots or spider veins.
Is the lighter the pigment, the more effective the picosecond are?
In a short period of time picosecond can release more energy, and the capture of melanin is more precise and faster, so the effect on some shallow pigment spot is better.
Does picosecond laser hurt?
During the treatment, there will be a feeling of hot and tingling, especially where there is more pigmentation. However, the treatment is fast, and the pain is tolerable.
Can anyone do picosecond laser?
Woman with photosensitivity or malignant tumours, pregnant/lactating women and women with thyroid and endocrine disease are not suitable for laser. The same with other laser devices, picosecond lasers are relatively contraindicated in patients with darker skin tones i.e., Fitzpatrick skin types 4-6, who are more susceptible to side effects.
Are there any side effects, and what should I do after picosecond laser?
There is a slight redness, swelling, heat and pain in the treatment area, which is normal. Some lesion may have scarring, this usually falls off after 7-10 days do not pick the scars, let it fall off naturally.do not wash your face within 24 hrs. use medical grade products, and medical grade repair mask such as laser aid. The treatment area is overly sensitive to sunlight, try to avoid sunlight after the treatment.
How many treatments do I need to treat pigmentation with picosecond laser?
Treating pigmentation is difficult, sometimes a maintenance treatment is needed. 4-10 treatment is recommended, 1 session every 2-4 weeks.
Picosecond Laser Pre & Post Procedure Instructions
Precautions to take before your Picosecond laser treatment:
No sun exposure, tanning beds and sunless tanning cream for 4 weeks prior to treatment. Sun exposure decreases the effectiveness of the laser treatment and can increase the chance of posttreatment complications.
Use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply to the treated area every 2 hours when exposed to the sun and it is recommended to make this a part of your skin care routine.
Remove all makeup, creams, or oils prior to treatment. Instructions following your laser treatment: General (Pigment and Tattoo):
Cleanse the treated area at least daily with water and mild soap, and then pat the area dry.
Do not rub or scratch the treated area.
If crusting/scabbing occurs, do not shave, or pick area. Apply Aquaphor ointment (tattoo) or other moisturizer (face) to the area 2-3 times a day. Keep the area moist and let the crusting/scabbing resolve on its own.
Discomfort may be relieved by cold gel packs and/or an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen.
Avoid contact sports or any other activity that could cause injury of the treated area.
Avoid swimming, soaking, or using hot tubs/whirlpools until the skin heals.
After cleansing and while skin is still moist, apply a thin layer of Aquaphor ointment to the treated tattoo.
Apply a non-stick pad over the tattoo until it is healed.
Avoid sun exposure to the treated area. Use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply to the treated area every 2 hours when exposed to the sun and it is recommended to make this a part of your skin care routine.
Clean area daily with mild soap and water and pat dry.
Do not rub or scratch the area.
Discomfort may be relieved by using cool gel packs or acetaminophen.
If blistering occurs, keep the area moist by applying Aquaphor 3 times per day or antibiotic ointment per recommendation of the physician. Do not enter swimming pools or hot tubs until treated areas are healed.
No swimming or using hot tubs for 48 hours post treatment.