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Picosure Laser

PicoSure is a versatile FDA-cleared laser that’s most widely used to remove tattoos, but it can also be used to treat pigmentation spots as well as fine lines and acne scars. 

It uses “pigment-seeking technology” to locate overpigmented spots or ink. The device converts laser light energy into short, controlled pulses of pressure that break down pigment into more easily absorbed particles, which are then carried away by the body’s lymphatic system. 

The laser’s pulses release energy in a picosecond (one trillionth of a second), hence its name. These quick bursts make it less likely to burn, so it’s safe for all skin types. (Many patients with dark skin haven’t been able to use other laser treatments without the risk of hyperpigmentation or burning.) 

Picosure Laser is offered in our Toronto, Markham and North York medi spa. 

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More About Picosure laser

The PicoSure Laser is the first breakthrough in laser technology; delivering the shortest pulse of energy (in pico seconds range) rather than the nano-second range used by most lasers – making it safer, faster, and creating better results for pigmentation. It breaks up ink particles and pigmentation using powerful shock waves, rather than with heat, meaning our practitioner can treat your tattoo or pigmentation more aggressively without having to worry about unwanted side-effects such as burning, scarring, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Apart from stimulating collagen, PicoSure triggers collagen production on the surface elastin level to target pores, textural irregularities, tightening the skin and evening out complexion.

Our practitioners are familiar with all the different skin types and will consult with our medical doctor prior to the treatment to see if the setting is the most appropriate

PicoSure Laser is offered in our Markham, Toronto, and North York location.

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How Can picosure Work?

The PicoSure laser offers three different wavelengths of light, so it can be used to remove both dark spots and ink that’s deeply entrenched in the dermis. 

  • The 532 nm wavelength is most effective for red, violet, orange, yellow, and brown ink or pigment.
  • The 755 nm wavelength treats green, blue, and black inks. 

The laser also creates microscopic “controlled wounds” that jump-start skin’s natural repair process, boosting collagen and elastin production to help heal the area as your tattoo fades.

Benefits of picosure?

PicoSure lasers can also tackle benign pigmented lesions like sun-induced brown spots and acne scars, and it’s FDA-cleared for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles.

With the PicoSure Focus Lens Array handpiece, the wavelength of 755 nm safely smooths wrinkles and scars by boosting collagen production.

“In fact, the Focus Lens has been the primary use for the PicoSure in many parts of the world,” says Dr. Tanghetti. “PicoSure is the most popular laser to treat excess pigment in Asian skin. The other devices using 532 and 1064nm light, such as the PicoWay, can cause hemorrhage and are not as effective in targeting melanin.” Several monthly treatments are usually recommended for optimal results. 

“The Focus Lens Optic produces a localized area of epidermal injury commonly referred to as an LIOB (laser induced optical breakdown),” Dr. Tanghetti explains. “This injury appears to produce cytokines and chemokines, simulators that induce the dermis to produce new collagen and elastic tissue. The LIOB will remove pigment in the epidermis over a series of treatments. The dermal stimulation will also remodel scars, including acne scars, and improve sun damaged skin.”

Candidate for picosure?

The best candidate is a person in good general health who wants to remove  pigmentation spots or a tattoo that has already healed (about six months from the tattoo date). Your tattoo can be any color and size.

PicoSure laser treatment isn’t recommended for some people. Discuss other options with your dermatologist if you:

  • Have an autoimmune disorder, including lupus or type 1 diabetes (type 2 may be acceptable, if it’s well controlled)
  • Have melanoma, an active infection (such as herpes), psoriasis, or eczema in the area being treated 
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding; there’s no research to suggest laser tattoo removal may affect your or your baby’s health, but it’s wise to not risk it 
  • Have a tan; most practitioners recommend avoiding the sun or tanning (even using self-tanning creams) on the area for about four weeks prior to treatment
  • Have a history of keloid scarring

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What to expect?

  • Mild swelling and redness on the first day, usually gone by the next day
  • New skin forms after 1-2 week
  • Results are gradual and progressive. A series of treatments is needed to see results

Doctor's Orders

  • No makeup/sunscreen the first day
  • Use cool compresses to ease redness for the first day
  • Avoid sun exposure

Doctor's recommendation

Before and After picosure laser treatment

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About DR. SHAWN SEIT, MD

Dr. Shawn Seit, MD is the founder and medical director of Rejuuv Medispa. He is a graduate of University of Toronto’s Medical School and trained with Dr. R. Stephen Mulholland who has been voted one of the top ten cosmetic plastic surgeons in Canada by Flare Magazine. Dr. Shawn Seit, MD is rated on RateMd and Verified Real Self Doctor. 

Dr. Seit has extensive experience with cosmetic picoway laser use, injection rhinoplasty, Botox, dermal fillers, and facial sculpting. Dr. Seit also performs a new non-surgical body sculpting technique to dissolve unwanted fat deposits on the body. Dr. Seit’s techniques will result in attractive, natural-looking enhancements.