The PicoSure laser is a top choice in treating unwanted tattoos and pigmented lesions.
- Downtime: Minimal
- Pain Level: Mild
- Results Duration: Long Lasting
Unwanted tattoos, pigmented lesions, birthmarks, stretch marks, melasma
Mild redness and swelling 1-2 days after treatment
Can be used on nearly any area of the face and body
Some treatments require a series of sessions to achieve an optimal outcome
Handpiece delivers laser energy into the dermal tissue
Topical or local anesthesia administered prior to treatment
Reduction or elimination of tattoo ink or pigmented lesion
Results visible once skin heals after final treatment
The Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York® offers New York’s first Picosecond laser for tattoo removal, pigmented lesion removal, and acne scarring.
The FDA has cleared the PicoSure™ laser for tattoo and pigmented lesion removal. The approval is based on the clinical work performed at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York® under the direction of Dr. Roy G. Geronemus, which has been published in the Archives of Dermatology.
The board-certified physicians at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York have an extensive range of laser devices that allow us to customize all our patient’s treatments to ensure an optimal outcome. We have the experience and expertise to help you meet all your aesthetic goals with comfortable treatments and minimal downtime in most cases. Our team would be happy to meet with you to discuss your concerns and create a personalized treatment plan to keep you looking and feeling your absolute best.
How does the Picosure Laser Work?
We harness our leading knowledge of the PicoSure™ laser, having published the first article on using this device on patients with tattoos. This laser uses short bursts of energy to rapidly clear almost all tattoos, especially the blue and green colors that have been difficult to remove by other lasers.
The clinical work performed at our center led to the PicoSure™ being approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In our clinical study of 22 subjects with multi-colored and recalcitrant tattoos, the PicoSure™ laser achieved more than 80% overall tattoo clearance over a two-week period. On average, 94% clearance was achieved for blue and green ink.
We continue to develop advances with picosecond laser technology as we are presently investigating two additional wavelengths for the device which we
anticipate will provide significant benefit to patients seeking tattoo removal.
What does the PicoSure Laser Treat?
Although the PicoSure laser is primarily used for tattoo removal, it can also be effective in treating the following:
- Acne scarring
- Age and brown spots
- Café-au-lait macules
- Nevus of Ota
- Stretch marks
To learn more about how PicoSure can treat your skin, checkout our latest webinar video.
When Will I See Results?
Results of a PicoSure treatment become evident as soon as the skin heals. If you require a series of treatment sessions, you will see full results after you recover from your final appointment.
How Long is the Recovery Time After Treatment?
There is no downtime after a PicoSure laser treatment. Side effects like swelling and skin redness should not be severe enough to keep you from your regular activities.
“Successful Treatment of Cosmetic Oral Mucosal Tattoos Using QS 694-nm Ruby Laser and 755-nm Alexandrite Picosecond Laser.” Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 2019 Dec. 30.
“Safety of a Perfluorodecalin-Infused Silicone Patch in Picosecond Laser-Assisted Tattoo Removal: A Retrospective Review.” Dermatologic Surgery, 2019 April.
“Successful treatment of a traumatic tattoo in a pediatric patient using a 755-nm picosecond laser.” Pediatric Dermatology, 2018 Nov.
“Safety of a picosecond laser with diffractive lens array (DLA) in the treatment of Fitzpatrick skin types IV to VI: A retrospective review.” Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2016 May.
“Safety of a Perfluorodecalin-Infused Silicone Patch in Picosecond Laser-Assisted Tattoo Removal: A Retrospective Review” Dermatol Surg. 2016 Apr.
“Clearance of yellow tattoo ink with a novel 532-nm picosecond laser.” Lasers Surg. Med. 2015 April.
“Use of a picosecond pulse duration laser with specialized optic for treatment of facial acne scarring.” JAMA Dermatology, 2015 March.
“Use of a Picosecond Pulse Duration Laser With Specialized Optic for Treatment of Facial Acne Scarring.” JAMA Dermatol. 2014 November 19.
Real Patients Before and After photos
Laser Treatment for Actinic Keratosis on Female Patient
Laser Treatment for Melasma on the Face
Laser Treatment for Tattoo Removal
PicoSure Laser In The News
The picosecond difference – Jeremy A. Brauer, M.D., featured in Cosmetic Surgery Times
Recent Medical Journal Publications by Drs. Geronemus, Brauer and Bae of LSSCNY
VIDEO: Roy G. Geronemus, MD, discusses picosecond laser technology for tattoo removal
Robert T. Anolik, M.D., and the new PicoSure laser to the rescue!
Questions and Answers
Q: Is The PicoSure Laser Safe?
A: Yes, this device was FDA-approved in 2012 as the first of other picosecond lasers that have shown a strong record of safety and success. Our board-certified physicians have extensive experience using this device and will use their expertise to customize your treatment so it is as safe and effective as possible.
Q: How Many Treatments Will I Need?
A: That depends on what we are treating. Tattoos usually take a few treatment sessions to achieve full results, while other concerns may be successfully addressed in a single treatment session. When you meet with your doctor at your initial consultation, you will receive a treatment plan so you know what to expect moving forward.
Q: How Long Do Results Last?
A: In many cases, the results are very long-lasting, since the tattoo or mark is removed from the skin. However, results vary from patient to patient.
Q: Are There Any Side Effects?
A: The rapid pulse technology and the precision of the device mean fewer side effects than other laser treatments. Patients may experience mild swelling and skin redness for a few days after treatment. Bruising can also occur. None of these side effects should be severe enough to prohibit you from your daily activities.
Q: Am I A Good Candidate For PicoSure Laser Treatments?
A: This treatment is a good choice for patients that have tattoos or pigmentation concerns they would like to eliminate. The treatment works equally well for men and women and is appropriate for most skin tones.
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