Picosure Laser Full Face Brightening
- the offer includes 1 sessions of Picosure Laser Full Face Brightening
- sessions in this package will be vaild till end of OCT 2020
The 3C's Of Pigmentation
- Condition, Cause, Clinical Solution
When sun exposure, heat, medication, hormones, acne breakouts or skin injury stresses the skin, our pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) go into overdrive and produce excessive amounts of pigment within the skin. Skin can look patchy, dark or discoloured, and can even make the appearance of the skin look a little dirty.
There are three main causes of pigmentation:
Sun exposure– the most common due to the Australian sun. This type of pigment presents like freckles and sun spots.
Hormones – known as melasma, this hormone-induced pigment is commonly caused from the contraceptive pill, HRT, IVF, pregnancy and breast-feeding. Often referred to as ‘the mask of pregnancy’ it is generally seen in patches on the forehead, top lip, cheeks and has a butterfly appearance.
Exposure to extreme heat– commonly found in the area of flushing and inflammation such as the cheeks, clients who work in excessively hot environments may suffer with patches of brown pigment
The Clinical Solution
Laser treatment is widely regarded as being the most effective method to treat pigmentation. A laser exposes the skin to intense light that penetrates the skin to break up the pigmentation particles, ultimately leading to pigmentation fading. The body’s immune system will then remove these pigments over time. The laser energy is harmless, and only targets the pigmented skin, leaving surrounding skin unharmed.
PicoSure lasers have been all the rage these past 2 years. PicoSure Lasers are so named because they emit laser energy at super short pulses, at 1 x 10-12 , or 0.000 000 000 001 seconds.
The PicoSure laser is an upgrade of Q-switched laser. It produces laser pulses 10 times shorter at 400-750 picoseconds instead of 5-10 nanoseconds. In theory, this produces a photo-mechanical rather than photo-thermal effect, to more efficiently shatter pigmentation and tattoo ink, without the associated side effects of older laser platforms. The PicoSure laser from Cynosure (Westford, MA) was the first picosecond device to become commercially available. It was a bold departure by the company to produce an Alexandrite laser which emits red light at 755nm rather than to use the usual infrared 1064nm wavelength commonly seen in QS lasers.
Primarily, the Picosure laser is a pigment laser – designed to shatter pigmentation, such as tattoo ink. Laser light at 755nm is absorbed by the melanin or pigment in tattoo ink, and shattered into tiny fragments, allowing the body’s cells to mop it up and clear the pigment.
It does this with finesse and efficiency – lentigines or age spots are cleared in only 1-2 sessions. The PicoSure Laser works much faster, and is safer compared to traditional QS lasers for clearing age spots. It is a useful tool to add to our workforce for clearing skin pigmentation.
PicoSure’s Focus treatment is what makes it so unique. The Focus Lens Array was developed to treat pigmentation skin texture and acne scars. The Focus Lens is a hexagonal, close packed diffractive lens array which is 500μm centre to centre with a 6mm irradiated diameter and an average fluency of 0.7 J/cm2. The Focus Lens concentrates energy into small spots of up to 20x more powerful than the normal lens.
This high energy creates micro-injuries in the epidermis after treatment, known as Laser Induced Optical Breakdown (LIOB). These show up as micro cavities under the microscope, and allows the skin to rejuvenate itself by stimulating the healing cascade. Pigmentation, pores, fine lines, acne scars are all improved, with formation of new collagen and elastin.
Pre-Treatment Care and Precaution
Do not wear any makeup on the day of treatment.
Excess hair may need to be shaved. Men should be cleanly shaved on the day of treatment.
No sun-tanning or self-tanners 4 weeks prior to pigment, vascular or hair removal treatment (this includes spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning beds, direct sun exposure, etc ).
Always wear 30+ sun protections prior to and during any course of laser treatment.
Avoid treatments that irritate the skin for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment (waxing, depilatories etc). Muscle relaxants and filler need to be complete healed before the treatment can be performed.
Inform us with any changes to your health history or medications since your last appointment.
A history of cold sores may require an anti-viral prescription prior to treatment.
Refrain from using any form of Vitamin A or retinols at least 5 days prior to your treatment.
Avoid sun exposure and use broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen to prevent further sun damage
Bruising, redness and swelling may occur and will resolve with time
Avoid heat – hot showers and tubs, saunas, sweating with exercise for 1-2 days
Avoid skin irritants (products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl, peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents) for a few days post treatment.
Avoid contact with chlorinated water for 24-48 hours.
Do NOT pick or exfoliate the scabbing or crusting skin as it may cause infection or further trauma.
Refrain from any other treatments to the treated area during the healing period.
Notify us immediately if you have any concerns (blistering, excessive redness/swelling).
All cancellations of appointments, or rescheduling of appointments, requires a minimum of 48 hours’ notice either via phone call or email or replying NO to your reminder SMS.
A cancellation fee of the deposit paid applies to all appointments that are cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notification. If your appointment is scheduled less than 48 hours before your appointment, a cancellation fee of the deposit paid does apply should you cancel the appointment. This is non-negotiable.