Laser Treatment for Hyperpigmentation, Melasma & More
FDA-Cleared PICOCARE 450 Laser Addresses a Variety of Skin Pigment Concerns
Melasma, discoloration, brown patches, acne scars, sun spots, age spots...these are all different conditions or concerns that all manifest on the skin as some form of hyperpigmentation. Often, treatments that may have worked for one person could worsen symptoms in another or cause other side effects, and the challenge of finding the best set that works for you can be intimidating.
At our practice, we strive to achieve a balance between targeted, patient-specific solutions that cause minimal discomfort, recovery time, and side effects. The PICOCARE 450 device is a laser that generates short picosecond pulses to maximize efficiency without compromising on effectiveness. In short, hyperpigmentation treatments with this laser involves high energy but fewer shots, speedier treatment times, and greater precision.
What is PICOCARE 450?
In the dermatology world, Q-switched or nanosecond pulse lasers were once considered standard of care when treating various forms of hyperpigmentation, with the prefix "nano" referring to a small fraction of a second. But staying true to the fast-paced evolution nature of technology, hyperpigmentation-fighting nanosecond pulse lasers have now given way to picosecond pulse lasers.
As the term suggests, a picosecond pulse laser emits each light pulse to a target area at a much faster rate than a nanosecond one, making an entire treatment session go by more quickly without sacrificing any of the effectiveness — if anything, each session is made more effective with the faster pulse rate.
*Individual results may vary
While picosecond lasers themselves are relatively new, the PICOCARE 450 is a second-generation Nd:YAG picosecond laser, and the first — and currently only — FDA-cleared laser system that can emit pulses of four different wavelengths (most other picosecond devices can only emit up to two).
In simple terms, more options for wavelengths equates to an ability to target a broader spectrum of colors. Yellow, for example, has long been considered a difficult color to clear away, but the wavelengths covered by PICOCARE 450 are effective in breaking up yellow pigment in the skin.
*Individual patient results may vary
PICOCARE 450's high energy and fast pulse rate also make the laser more efficient, with fewer shots required. Thus, fewer treatment sessions are required to see clearing up of hyperpigmentation, and each treatment session goes by more quickly — which means there is less residual heat generated for reduced pain and discomfort, fewer side effects, and minimal skin irritation.
What Forms of Hyperpigmentation Can PICOCARE 450 Improve?
Each "pulse" of the PICOCARE 450 laser provides the photomechanical (i.e. light-based) effect that breaks up pigment in the skin into tiny particles that can be processed out of the body naturally. The laser can target hyperpigmentation throughout the body in both the epidermis and dermis layers, including
- Freckles, sun/age spots, and certain birthmarks
- PIH or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (red, brown, and/or purple patches of skin that appear after skin inflammation from acne, ingrown hairs, etc.)
- Tattoo ink of various colors (including hard-to-treat greens and blues)
- Nevus of Ota and Ito (causes blue hyperpigmentation)
- ABNOM (acquired bilateral nevus of Ota-like macular)
*Individual results may vary
PICOCARE 450 can also improve the appearance of scars, acne cysts, overall pore size, texture, and tone.