Pico Genesis To Treat Melasma And Pigments

Newhope Laser Skin Care -  - Aesthetic Specialist

Phuong Q. Tien, MD

Aesthetic Specialist located in Orange County, Westminster, CA

Pico Genesis To Treat Melasma And Pigments Specialist
Dr. Tien of Newhope Laser Skin Care, located in Westminster in the Orange County area of California, offers a new amazingly advanced, FDA approved skin rejuvenation treatment known as PICO Genesis. The PICO Genesis is an ultimate facial treatment that revitalizes the skin, fights acne, reduces wrinkles, and erases both age spots (solar lentigines) and melasma in as few as 2-3 treatments.

Pico Genesis to Treat Melasma and Pigments Q & A

What is PICO Genesis?

The PICO Genesis is the newest, and most advanced, FDA approved laser technology currently available in the United States. It provides amazing rejuvenation results, correcting a wide array of skin flaws and providing an overall enhanced appearance. The PICO Genesis is a non-surgical, non-invasive and non-ablative laser toning treatment. It offers a gentle and relaxing laser treatment that is able to fight acne, diminish pigmented lesions, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and shrink enlarged pores. The PICO Genesis provides successful results on the face, chest, hands legs and other parts of the body.

What does treatment entail?

Since the PICO Genesis does not resurface the skin, this laser treatment does not require the use of a topical anesthetic creams or gels. Treatment is pain-free. The procedure takes only 20 to 30 minutes to complete and does not involve any downtime.

Can the PICO Genesis be used on all skin types?

Yes. This is one of many of the advantages of the PICO Genesis. Unlike some other laser procedures, it is completely safe and effective for all skin types, including darker skin. PICO GENESIS in our clinic is currently being utilized to treat and address patients concern regarding:

· Age Spots
· Sun Damage
· Pigments (Melasma & Hyperpigmentation)
· Brighter/Radiant Complexion
· Even Skin Tone
· Return Skin To Its Youthful State
· Rely less on concealers, foundations, powders, bronzers and highlighters!

How does the PICO Genesis work?

Powered by the Cutera’s Enlighten Laser, this leading-edge technology delivers high-level laser energy in an incredibly brief amount of time (about a billionth to a trillionth of a second), to selectively target and shatter unwanted pigment lesions, such as solar lentigines and melasma Simultaneously, it also gently heats the dermis (the layer below the skin’s surface) to stimulate collagen and elastin production and fill in lines and wrinkles. The overall result is a dramatically brighter, healthier and more uniform skin tone. It offers benefits without risk of post-treatment complications, such as scarring, discoloration, bruising or inflammation that can sometimes occur with other types of laser toning treatments.



What Is Melasma?

Melasma is a skin condition that results in dark patches, typically on the cheeks, forehead, nose or upper lip. It is most likely to occur in young women and is more common in tropical climates, where sun exposure is the norm. It often appears in pregnancy, which has led to the names “mask of pregnancy” or “pregnancy mask.” Women who take oral contraceptives (birth control pills) or hormone replacement therapy for menopause are more likely to develop melasma.

What Causes Melasma?

No one knows exactly what causes melasma, but it seems to be related to an interaction between female sex hormones and sun exposure. Ninety percent of those with melasma are female, and it is more likely during pregnancy (and often fades once the pregnancy is over and hormone levels return to normal). It is also more likely in people with dark skin. Thyroid disease can also trigger melasma, and stress has also been implicated.

How Is Melasma Treated?

Skin creams that contain steroids are sometimes used to treat melasma, as are chemical peels. Women who are taking hormones are usually advised to stop taking the medication. Laser treatment delivers energy in an incredibly brief amount of time, about a billionth to a trillionth of a second, to selectively target and shatter unwanted pigment lesions, removing dark pigments to even out the skin tone. The Enlighten Laser is a good choice because it is non-surgical, non-invasive and non-ablative laser treatment; which offers benefits without risk of post-treatment complications, such as scarring, discoloration, bruising or inflammation that can sometimes occur with ablative types of laser treatments.

What’s the Procedure Like?

Makeup must be removed completely before treatment begins and protective eye-wears are required by law to be worn during the procedure. Once the patient has laid down comfortably on the procedure table with their eyes protected; the treating physician, then operates the laser hand-piece to deliver the appropriate laser energy to the target area. The procedure is typically painless, although some patients report a warm, tingling sensation similar to sun bathing at the beach. The entire procedure takes about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the area to be treated.

What Are Age Spots?

Age spots — which are also known as liver spots, and in medical terms, solar lentigines — are tan, brown or black spots on the skin. They are flat, vary in size and are most likely to appear on the face, hands, shoulders, and arms, as those are the areas most likely to be exposed to the sun. They usually occur in people over the age of 50, although younger people who spend a lot of time in the sun can also get age spots. Age spots are not cancerous, but simply a cosmetic issue.

What Causes Age Spots?

Sun exposure is the primary cause of age spots. Melanin, the pigmented substance in the skin that provides its color, is produced more rapidly when people spend a lot of time in the sun. Ultraviolet light accelerates the production of melanin (which is why people become tanned if they are out in the sun for any length of time). Commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds can have the same effect as sunlight. Age spots occur when the melanin “clumps” in high concentrations in certain areas.

How Are Age Spots Treated?

Age spots don’t have to be treated from a medical standpoint, as they do no harm. However, they do increase the appearance of age, especially when they occur on the face and hands, which cannot be covered by clothing. They can be treated with bleaching medications, laser therapy, freezing (cryotherapy), dermabrasion (sanding down the skin layers) or a chemical peel with acid. Of these, laser therapy is the fastest, least uncomfortable, and least likely to result in side effects, especially when the laser is the Enlighten Laser.

What’s the Procedure Like?

The laser hand-piece is passed slowly over the target area while patients sit or lay comfortably. Patients wear protective eyewear for the entire procedure. Following the procedure, the doctor may prescribe a special ointment to protect the skin and keep it moist. The length of the procedure typically takes between 10 to 30 minutes depending on how many areas need to be treated.

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