Spots, scars, and stretch marks can be unsightly and may make you feel less than self-confident. In Southern California, body-conscious clothing puts your skin on display for much of the year. Fortunately, new laser treatments can make spots and scars fade away and let you feel more comfortable showing your skin.
You don’t need to go to a fancy cosmetic surgeon or Beverly Hills spa to have this work done, either. Dr. Grace Wu here at Ethos Medical Group in Orange, California, can perform laser procedures right in our office and leave you with smooth, beautiful skin. Here’s what to expect from laser treatment.
How lasers work
In general, lasers work by using concentrated pulses of light. The laser targets a specific area you want to address, such as a scar, age spot, or stretch mark. Many laser treatments are ablative, which means they use light to remove the top layers of skin.
As your skin heals from each round of laser treatment, new skin cells fill in where the damaged ones were removed. It may require multiple rounds of laser treatment to achieve the desired results, depending on the size and depth of the area you want to treat. Your skin typically has to heal from the wounds caused by removing the top layers of skin before repeating the process.
New types of lasers such as PicoSureⓇ target deeper layers of skin without wounding the top layers, providing faster healing time with less damage.
What is PicoSure?
PicoSure is a new type of fractional laser that provides superior results in a shorter period of time. Because PicoSure is a non-wounding type of laser, your scars and spots are smoothed out by being targeted at a deeper level. It is considered one of the most advanced types of lasers for its ability to achieve optimal results with minimal damage.
The PicoSure laser uses intense but very brief pulses of light to target specific pigment-containing components of the skin. The light from the laser achieves its results in trillionths of a second, which is not enough time to cause damage to the skin. Originally developed and still used to remove tattoos, PicoSure has since been refined to rejuvenate skin by improving its tone and texture.
PicoSure is also the optimal laser for targeting melanin, which makes it an ideal option if you’re looking to remove skin discoloration or age spots.
Another aspect of PicoSure is that the laser can be customized to treat your specific spot sizes. This means that Dr. Wu can adjust the laser to target the area of the pigmentation, scar, or stretch marks that are being removed.
What to expect from a PicoSure treatment
Most people say that PicoSure laser treatment feels like snapping your skin with a rubber band. Many patients easily tolerate the treatment, but if you prefer, Dr. Wu offers a numbing cream to minimize any discomfort.
Especially when compared to other forms of laser treatment, PicoSure is relatively gentle, and you should only have redness for a couple of hours after the procedure.
You may have multiple sessions, depending on the size and depth of the area being treated. Dr. Wu will give you a personalized treatment plan before beginning treatment so that you know what to expect.
Your improved complexion is close at hand. Call Ethos Medical Group or make an appointment online today so that you can get started on a more beautiful you.