The team of world-renowned dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego are pleased to be the home of the FIRST PicoSure Laser in Southern California! This is the first and only picosecond laser available for the safe removal of tattoos and for the treatment of benign pigmented lesions. To find out if you’re a good candidate for a treatment with our newest laser addition, we encourage you to contact our practice today!
What Is The PicoSure Laser?
The PicoSure Laser by Cynosure is the newest advancement in cosmetic laser technology. Receiving FDA clearance in December of last year, the PicoSure laser has been proven time and time again as one of the most revolutionary treatments available for the quick and easy removal of unwanted tattoos and non-cancerous skin pigment problems.
In a study done by the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York, 22 individuals with multicolored tattoos received treatments with the PicoSure laser system over a two week period. In this short time frame, patients reported their tattoos to be more than 80% clear, with typically difficult blue and green ink showing a clearance of 94%.
The PicoSure Laser by Cynosure is designed specifically to treat any of the following skin conditions, including but not limited to:
- Tattoos (All Ink Colors)
- Benign Pigmented Lesions
- Acne or Surgical Scarring
- Stretch Marks
Unlike other laser treatments responsible for improving similar skin problems, the PicoSure laser relies on picosecond technology to bring improved results like never seen before. Though most lasers work by delivering quick pulses of light energy into a targeted area of the skin, the PicoSure system pulses at an astonishing rate 100 times shorter than nanosecond technology. This allows for an unparalleled photochemical impact, resulting in fewer treatments for the patients and a faster rate of skin clearance.
Watch Dr. Groff Perform A PicoSure Treatment
PicoSure Laser FAQ’s
To better help our patients become acquainted with one of the most effective laser treatments available in the world, our San Diego dermatologists have compiled a list of common questions related to this procedure that we hear most often.
Q: How does the PicoSure laser work?
A: Treatment with the PicoSure laser in San Diego works to target specific areas of the skin to remove tattoos or other pigment problems. Because the PicoSure laser uses a shorter pulse duration than other systems, treatment can be performed much more efficiently and results in very optimal outcomes for patients.
Q: How many treatment sessions are needed with the PicoSure laser?
A: Until our San Diego dermatologists are able to examine you in person, it’s difficult to determine how many sessions will be likely to bring you the best results possible. In a recent study, those who underwent treatment with the PicoSure laser noticed an 80% skin clearance after only two weeks.
Q: Who should perform cosmetic laser treatments?
A: It’s always important to make sure that you visit a board certified dermatologist for all laser skin treatments. A board certified dermatologist has the greatest understanding and knowledge in the performance of laser surgeries and understands how to bring the best results to patients. This also lowers the patient’s risk of receiving any permanent damage.
Q: Am I a good candidate to undergo treatment with the PicoSure laser?
A: You might be an excellent candidate to undergo treatment with the PicoSure laser in San Diego if you wish to remove a tattoo located anywhere on your body, or if you are experiencing benign pigmented lesions. To further determine your candidacy, please contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation with a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon.
Q: Is the PicoSure laser FDA approved?
A: Yes, the PicoSure laser is FDA approved. In fact, the laser received clearance from the FDA in December of 2012. This means the treatment is not only safe, but effective for the right individuals.
Q: Can the new PicoSure laser treat post infmlammatory pigmentation problems and melasma?
A: We are presently doing a study at our practice to determine if the PicoSure will work for melasma. If one has type V or VI skin I would still be very cautious as this is a 755nm wavelength that can target pigment very effectively. Hopefully a picosecond 1064nm laser will allow us to treat types IV-VI more safely in the future without such a great risk of targeting their normal pigment.
Q: Does the new PicoSure laser system have the ability to target red and yellow ink?
A: In studies the PicoSure was great at removing most colors, even yellow. So although it is a 755nm wavelength and should really only target black, green and blue, the speed at which it delivers the energy is photo-acoustically breaking up the pigment. Nonetheless, in the initial trials red was not as effectively targeted. We have the device, and are always happy to do a free consultation to provide pricing.
Q: Is the PicoSure laser good for the removal of black tattoos?
A: The PicoSure laser in San Diego has shown to more effectively and rapidly treat this color tattoo than the conventional Q-switched lasers and in less treatment settings.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you’re interested in learning more about undergoing treatment with the PicoSure laser, the newest and most effective advancement for the removal of unwanted tattoos and benign pigmented lesions, we encourage you to contact a San Diego dermatologist at our practice today by calling (858) 657-1002 to schedule your initial consultation. When our world-renowned experts are able to examine you in person, we’ll be able to develop a customized treatment plan that will provide you with the best results.
To learn more about the PicoSure laser in San Diego, please contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology today.