PicoSure

Coming of age can be a tumultuous time in our lives. While coping with all of the changes, decisions and freedoms that come with adulthood, sometimes we do things that we may come to regret. Perhaps you got a tattoo on a whim or spent too much time in the sun without protection. While these may seem like fun, rebellious decisions at the time, you may begin to have second thoughts as your tastes begin to change or you notice the damaging effects of UV rays on your skin.

Whether you’re seeking tattoo removal or simply want to rejuvenate your appearance, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Franziska Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC offers innovative treatments such as the PicoSure laser to help you reclaim smooth, healthy and youthful-looking skin.

What is PicoSure?

PicoSure is the world’s leading light-based laser treatment that rapidly delivers ultra-short bursts of energy to break down pigment without harming the skin, making it ideal for addressing a variety of concerns. PicoSure also has the unique ability to activate cell signaling, an internal communication process that facilitates tissue repair, regeneration and wound healing. These capabilities allow PicoSure to effectively treat numerous age and pigment-related skin issues, such as:

  • Acne scars
  • Age spots, brown spots and sun spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Freckles
  • Stretch marks
  • Melasma
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tattoo removal

Unlike other lasers, PicoSure doesn’t rely solely on heat to achieve its effects but rather uses cutting-edge technology to rapidly vibrate pigmented particles until they break down, without harming surrounding tissues. These particles are then eliminated by the body, leaving behind a clear, even complexion.

Am I a Good Candidate for PicoSure?

As the world’s leading picosecond laser, PicoSure is a highly versatile treatment able to address a wide variety of concerns. Appropriate for all skin types, it is ideal for most patients looking to revitalize their skin or remove unwanted tattoos. However, you might not be a good candidate if you experience any of the following conditions:

  • History of abnormal scarring or keloids
  • Seizures triggered by light
  • Hypersensitivity to infrared light
  • Active infection or open sores in the treatment area
  • Take certain medications that increase photosensitivity
  • Experience irritation or redness around the targeted tattoo
  • History of skin cancer

During a consultation, Dr. Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC will thoroughly evaluate your skin and assess the treatment area to determine if PicoSure is right for you. She will also take the time to develop a highly individualized treatment plan based on your unique concerns, needs and skin type to help you achieve optimal results, whether you’re seeking tattoo removal or want to reduce the signs of aging.
 

What Can I Expect During the Treatment?

PicoSure treatments are able to offer effective tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation quickly and comfortably. Depending on your specific needs, your treatment may take as little as 15 minutes, making it ideal for patients with busy schedules. This is a typical procedure time for average-sized tattoo removals or revitalization treatments, but Dr. Huettner at Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC can provide a more accurate estimate after your in-person consultation.

In addition to being convenient, PicoSure’s cutting-edge laser technology also produces very little discomfort. Many patients have reported a feeling similar to that of a rubber band snapping against the skin and find treatments to be very tolerable, but Dr. Huettner may offer numbing creams or other aids to ensure a comfortable experience.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments you need will depend on the concerns being addressed and your desired results. Patients looking to improve the tone and texture of their skin typically need two to five treatments to achieve optimal results, although noticeable improvements may begin to appear sooner than that. For tattoo removal, the size and location of the tattoo, the density of the ink and the colors present will affect how quickly it can be eliminated, but most patients require four to 10 treatments to achieve full clearance.

Treatments are generally spaced two to four weeks apart, but if you have darker skin or heal slower, you may have to wait longer between treatments. This is to allow the skin enough time to heal, although the side effects of PicoSure are mild. You may experience some redness and swelling immediately after your treatment, but this can be easily managed with over-the-counter medications and will quickly subside. Since each patient is unique, Dr. Huettner will develop a personalized treatment plan designed to address your specific needs to help you reach your aesthetic goals.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

PicoSure delivers impressive and long-lasting results without the discomfort, inconvenience or downtime of other treatments. Tattoo removal patients will enjoy permanent results, while skin revitalization treatments will produce noticeable improvements for years to come. Some conditions are recurrent and your skin won’t be immune to the natural aging process, but proper skin care can help preserve your results. Some patients find that touch-up treatments help slow wrinkle formation and prevent new pigmentation issues, and Dr. Huettner can develop a personalized maintenance schedule based on your unique needs.

Contact Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC

Whether you’re seeking a tattoo removal for personal, professional or cosmetic reasons, or want to rejuvenate the appearance of your skin with an effective, convenient treatment, double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Franziska Huettner can help. At Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC, Dr. Huettner utilizes cutting-edge technology such as PicoSure to help patients achieve their aesthetic goals with minimal downtime or recovery. To find out if PicoSure is right for you, contact or call Manhattan Plastic Surgery NYC today at 212-495-9200 to schedule a consultation.