If you seek refinement of your skin, Picoway is for you. When you look in the mirror does a dry, wrinkled (called crepey skin) appearance bother you? Are there multiple brown spots? Would you like it to feel firmer, smoother and tighter? Do you want your pores to look smaller, deep lines smoothed out?
*Please Note that the Candela Picoway Laser that we use IS NOT the same as an inferior laser called the PicoSure
You may have used fillers, botox and expensive skin care products , yet they are not improving the texture too much. You have noticed some people look "overdone", their face looks too big, like a caricature of themselves. Many of these anti-aging treatments seek to improve skin texture. Many help, but they also miss the mark or overshoot it. Fillers can help replace collagen loss and boost up skin that has descended. Yet, by the time the skin is smoothed out, the face may look disproportionate. Surgery can tighten the sagging jawline (jowls), yet it is not going to turn back your skin texture ten plus years. Fractionated CO2 lasers address deep tissue issues such as stretch marks, full thickness scars such as surgical scars and fine lines . A Fractionated CO2 laser treatment requires the doctor to apply an extra strong topical anesthetic and the skin has a brown crust for a minimum of 3 days requiring frequent application of thick moisturizer to remove the crusting.
All of these treatments may have caused you to avoid social scenarios, wear extra thick makeup, sit at your desk a certain way so the bruised side of your face doesn't show, wear sunglasses on a cloudy day and call in sick to work because of an adverse reaction. This is not to say these treatments weren't worth it. This is just to contrast the marvels of Picoway technology and how efficiently it treats skin texture with almost no side effects.
The world has been waiting for this. Wrinkles can be caused by a loss of collagen and elastin in the skin. PicoWay Resolve is a non-invasive, needle free treatment option for wrinkles. Resolve uses ultra-short laser pulses to reach under the skin, without breaking the outer layer of the skin. Picosecond lasers are proven to stimulate collagen and elastin. The FDA has approved the PIcoway Resolve for wrinkles and acne scars. Acnes scars often look worse when people age, the scars stretch as well make the skin texture look less smooth. Picoway is also FDA cleared for unwanted pigmentation (brown spots), called solar lentigo.
PicoWay® uses a photoacoustic, rather than a photothermal effect, which means the skin doesn't overheat and lead to long downtime. PicoWay users have low to no downtime after the treatment. The lack of heat and trauma make it safe for darker skin. Darker skin often hyper pigments
(darkens) from even slight trauma. The particles of light are fast and small to create LIOB pockets. LIOB is Light Induced Optical Breakdown which creates spaces that stimulate your natural collagen to grow. Picoway is most popular for the face, the skin around the eyes can be treated safely with special eyewear. When people see the fantastic results the often want to treat the chest, also called the decolletage or decollete. Then they will notice the crepey skin on their hands, forearms and the top of the thighs. Taking sun is a way of life here in the United States and in many European countries. This causes advanced and premature photo-aging, especially on lighter skin.
How does the PicoWay Resolve Treatment Feel?
The Picoway makes a ticking sound as it scans your skin, like a very fast metronome. Most people say "It feels a prickly".A cool compress before can soothe any discomfort prior to or after the treatment. Anesthetics are not required.
What can I expect afterwards?
Redness or mild discoloration lasts up to 24 hours for normal skin. For ultra sensitive skin a more intense redness may persist for 24 hours. Patches of petechiae will occur on the more delicate skin around the eyes or if a deep line is lasered. Many people experience intermittent itchiness and a mild rash in the first 12 to 48 hours. The petechiae, rash and itchiness last up to five days. This is considered low to no downtime. .
What are the post treatment instructions?
No make-up is recommended for 24 hours afterwards. Sunscreen is a must, for at least 4 weeks afterwards. Makeup can be worn after the first 24 hours to cover up any mild rash or petechiae. We recommend applying over the counter 1% hydrocortisone daily to manage any symptoms of itchiness that may be accompanied by a rash. Apply moisturizer after 24 hours. Avoid any retinol or acidic preparations until the skin returns to normal.
Furthermore, we recommend not taking more sun than is required for vitamin d production, as per your physician. Certainly not without your broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, reapplied frequently. Let us not undo the meticulous work of the PicoWay laser and monies you put toward self care. Our wonderful skin care team can advise on products that work for you. You need to love the texture and feel of your sunscreen, this will keep you compliant with your routine.
What should I do before the treatment?
No tanning for a month prior to the treatment. Fillers, Botox and other injectables are not recommended for 2 weeks before and two weeks after. This includes Derma Rolling, Micro Needling or any other wave based treatments. Such as light (laser), IPL, BBL, sound, radiofrequency or ultrasound skin treatments. Laser hair removal is ok 1 week before or after providing there is no irritation. Topical products or prescriptions containing retinoids or other compounds that cause irritation should be discontinued 2 weeks before.
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