There is no doubt that laser treatment is the latest and largest high-tech skincare trend. For those who have never done a laser treatment before, I have to tell you honestly—it really, really hurts. It feels like someone is holding needles to prick your face fleetly. And I have to work really hard by clenching my fist to avoid curses.
Even though laser treatments are painful, there’s nothing like the results they bring. Clearer skin, faded acne spots… it’s the skincare miracle you’ve been looking for.
If you want to pay a 15-minute unbearable pain in exchange for a perfect, flawless face, then this article is for you.
What is PicoSure
Different from Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Optimal Pulsed Light (OPL), and other laser treatments, PicoSure is a brand-new generation of aesthetic lasers. It can deliver energy in a trillionth of a second, incredibly faster than other ordinary laser treatments. At the same time, it means less heat buildup and much more safety.
By using it to vibrate and shatter pigment, PicoSure is regarded as an ace to remove any unwanted skin pigmentations like tattoos and dark spots. Except that, its effectiveness in treating acne scars, minimizing enlarged pores, and skin revitalization is also second to none.
Why I Decided To Try PicoSure
The first time I heard about PicoSure laser treatment was about four months ago when my friend made an appointment to get rid of an unwanted tattoo. Once I saw her, I was genuinely surprised that PicoSure was so effective, her tattoo had faded a great deal!I learned that PicoSure not only removes tattoos but also tackles a bunch of skin problems like acne scars, dark spots, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and enlarged pores.
Because the little flaws on my face were beginning to bother me, and after hearing such high praise from my friend, I instantly decided to give PicoSure a try.
The Treatment Steps
Analyzing My Skin Condition
With the help of a skin analyzer, I could see that my overall skin condition wasn’t so bad. There were some deep hyperpigmentation, a few spots and some acne scars on my face. On top of that, I could see the pores on the sides of my nose still have a lot of room for improvement.
I have a relatively low pain threshold, so I opted to use the numbing gel period. It was applied to my face before the procedure. It worked so well that by the time I started the laser treatment, I couldn’t feel my lips.
Before the laser treatment began, they gave me a hand-held cooling device that I could use throughout the treatment to soothe irritated areas. The actual laser process lasted about 15 minutes, and they covered the surface of my face two to three times. Even with anesthesia, the gel couldn’t entirely counteract the burning and tingling sensation, thank god, the fan really helped to soothe those sensations.
After finishing the PicoSure laser treatment, my face became pretty red and swollen. Then I was off to the next step, a 30-minute light therapy session to calm my skin, repair it, and promote the production of collagen.
About 10 days after I finished the treatment, my skin had almost fully recovered. I was super stoked to share my results with you guys! As you can see, all the dark spots were almost gone; even my moles faded out and were practically invisible. Some of my deeper acne scars were still visible as little red marks. But I knew that these shallow marks would disappear over time.
What impressed me the most about this laser treatment was its ability to minimize pores size! If I hadn’t taken these two photos before and after the treatment, I would hardly believe that my pores could improve so much!!
Overall, I think PicoSure really improved my skin condition, especially my blemishes and pores! I am a firm believer that PicoSure treatment is far better than any expensive skincare product out there!The effect of one treatment is satisfying enough for me, but for people who have serious problems with acne scars, blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles or just have high standards for camera-ready skin, maybe 2-3 treatments are much better.
What to know before you go
*Q: How much does PicoSure cost?
I paid $499 for this treatment.
*Q: Does PicoSure hurt?
YES, without a doubt. The burning, tingling feeling is almost like someone using a very thin needle to prick your face. That being said, as a person who has a very low pain tolerance, I think the sensation is totally manageable with the use of the numbing gel and with the help of a cold fan.
*Q: How long is the recovery period?
The following week after treatment is called the rapid recovery period, there will be red marks left by the laser, but they gradually fade out. Your skin should return to normal on the 10th day, and the effects of PicoSure are noticeable.
*Q: Are there any side effects?
For me personally, my face felt dehydrated during the first week, and I experienced a few breakouts. Apart from that, I didn’t seem to have any adverse reactions, but keep in mind the effects will vary from person to person.
*Q: How many rounds of treatment do you need？
You can see different results with each treatment. Still, the number of treatments is determined by your skin condition and how your skin responds. Usually, 2-5 treatments can vastly improve your entire complexion, while removing tattoos, on the other hand, requires about 2-8 treatments.
*Q: How long do the results last?
The results for tattoo removal and acne scars are permanent, and the effect of anti-aging is also long-lasting, but some pigment conditions are recurring. You should consult your doctor for specific details.
*Q: What to do after your PicoSure treatment?
After laser treatments, your skin is far more vulnerable to sunlight, so please PAY ATTENTION TO SUN PROTECTION!!! Otherwise, it is very easy to cause unwanted pigmentation.
Your skin will also be very sensitive to heat, so avoid using hot water to wash any treated parts of your face. You should use warm or cold water to wash your skin as gently as possible. DO NOT RUB WITH FORCE.
During the recovery period, your skin may form some kind of crust or dried skin. These typically fall off by themselves in about 7-10 days. DO NOT PEEL THEM BY HAND, or you’ll risk pigmentation and scarring.
Credit to Cherie community for information and pictures.