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PicoSure® Skin Revitalization

PicoSure® is a non-surgical laser skin treatment that is FDA approved for tattoo removal, the treatment of acne scars and reducing the signs of aging. It is the first laser treatment to utilize picosecond technology and is showing impressive results.

*The before and after photos on this website are not intended to represent the results that every patient can expect. Treatment results and time periods can vary from patient to patient. Dr. Finder will discuss your expected treatment results with you.


What Is A Picosecond Laser?

PicoSure™ Laser - San Antonio, TXLasers do one thing and one thing only. They create a beam of light energy (in the form of particles called photons) that are all the same wavelength (same color) and traveling in the same direction. These allow lasers to do incredible things. For example, we can bounce a laser off of a bar code and read that bar code, which is done millions of times a day in grocery stores around the world. We can use lasers to cut material in manufacturing plants. We can bounce a laser off the moon to measure the exact distance to the moon. We can use lasers in medicine to treat disease and to make us more attractive.

The amount of power in a laser beam is based on the number of photons in the beam. More photons mean more power. Fewer photons mean less power.

Now, think of these photons traveling together in the beam. The time it takes for the first photon to pass a point to the last photon is called the pulse width and is measured as time. This is just like a bunch of cars traveling down the freeway. The time it takes from the first car to pass a point on the road to the last car is like the pulse width. With cars it is measured in seconds or minutes. With lasers it is measured in thousandths, millionths, or even billionths of a second. In 2012, the first picosecond laser (PicoSure™) was approved by the FDA for tattoo removal. It took ten years to develop this laser.

What Is A Picosecond?

A picosecond is a trillionth of a second. I find that number very hard to fathom, so the following table perhaps gives you a better appreciation of what that means. The table is based on the speed of light, the fastest thing in the world. Light travels 186,282 miles per second. In one second, light will travel seven and half (7.5) times around the earth. Light will travel from the earth to the moon in 1.3 seconds.

A picosecond is so short that light, the fastest thing in the universe, only travels the distance of the tip of a extra fine point pen. A picosecond is an unbelievable short period of time.

Why Is PicoSure® Revolutionary?

We have all had this happen. We accidentally knock something over. Often it falls before we can react but occasionally we react so quickly that we grab it before it falls. When you think of all the steps that have to happen for your brain to process what is going on and then to move your muscles to react, we can see that our bodies react very quickly. Chemical reactions in our bodies are very quick, in the millisecond and even microsecond range.

When the pulse width is long enough (distance from first photon to last photon), the energy is absorbed slow enough to heat the target and we use this heat to destroy cells, such as hair follicles, or remodel collagen. In almost all cases, the laser is used to create heat. It is this heat that creates wounds and that causes the pain with treatments.

The PicoSure® is different. The pulse width is so short that all the photons in the beam hit the target at almost the exact same time. Not quite, but so close that for all practical purposes the photons in the beam all arrive together. The photons arrive so fast that rather than a heating effect it creates a shockwave in the target. We can create this shockwave without having to use as much power, which reduces discomfort and any reactions (downtime).

When the target is a tattoo particle, it breaks up the tattoo ink into smaller particles allowing the body to remove the ink. The shock wave created by the PicoSure® is so efficient that it can remove a tattoo in 3 to 4 treatments when conventional lasers need 12 to 15 treatments, or even more.

But it turns out that there is something even more revolutionary about the PicoSure®.

How Does Laser Resurfacing Work?

Because there is no heat absorption and no destruction of the skin surface, there is much less discomfort compared to Fraxel or traditional laser resurfacing pain. Many people do not consider the PicoSure® treatment to be painful, describing it as a pulsing sensation. Others say that there is some discomfort (3-4/10) but by no means is it painful. For those who feel some discomfort, numbing medicine is available to reduce even this little discomfort.

If you are interested in improving your appearance and revitalizing your skin, come in and speak to Dr. Kimberly Finder and her staff. They will be happy to tell you more about this revolutionary laser and what it can do for you.

Why Select Dr. Kimberly Finder?

Dr. Kimberly Finder, Board Certified Dermatologist, has been helping men and women with advanced lasers, radiofrequency, and light-source facial enhancement services for many years. Dr. Finder offers a variety of safe and clinically effective technologies to non-surgically refresh and rejuvenate your face and neck. The PicoSure® skin revitalization laser is an FDA approved technology for tattoo removal, treating acne scars and rejuvenating the visible signs of facial aging.

Since 1996, she has devoted her San Antonio, TX cosmetic dermatology medical practice to a 100% focus on cosmetic medicine. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Finder to discuss your facial cosmetic enhancement goals

*The before and after photos on this website are not intended to represent the results that every patient can expect. Treatment results and time periods can vary from patient to patient. Dr. Finder will discuss your expected treatment results with you.

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