In his ongoing quest to bring the most advanced, effective and painless treatments to his patients, Dr. O’Connell and the Serenity Rejuvenation Team are using arguably the best medical facials Bellevue has available and the PicoSure technology procedures to address a number of skincare issues. These include:
- Acne scars
- Unwanted pigmentation, such as freckles, sunspots and other forms of discoloration
- Tattoo removal
What is PicoSure technology?
PicoSure is groundbreaking laser technology. Unlike other laser technologies that use heat to treat problem areas, PicoSure gently delivers ultra-short bursts of energy to targeted areas to improve the skin’s appearance. In fact, when we say “ultra-short,” we mean ultra-short. “Pico” means one-trillionth, and the PicoSure laser delivers pressurized energy at the rate of one-trillionth of a second. The benefit of this amazing speed, coupled with the laser’s use of energy, as opposed to heat, is that PicoSure does not burn the surrounding tissue. This results in less damage, as well as less discomfort for the patient.
What is PicoSure FOCUS and how does it work?
PicoSure FOCUS was specifically designed to treat wrinkles and acne scars. It uses proprietary focus lens technology to the laser energy into gentle pressure waves that activate cell signaling. This stimulates the body to produce collagen and elastin, smoothing wrinkles and increasing the elasticity of the skin.
The Miracle of Cell Signaling
Did you know that your cells talk to one another? They do, and this process is called “cell signaling.” Cell signaling refers to the fact that cells transfer information and communicate with one another. In some cases, the activity of a cell sends a signal to itself. In other cases, the signal may be sent to cells in close proximity or to other cells at a distance.
The purpose is to ensure that the entire cellular system is coordinated and doing what it needs to do to keep the body functioning and healthy—from stimulating the growth of new cells to the repair of damaged tissues.
This signaling can occur in one of three ways:
- Via chemical compounds, such as nutrients and toxins
- Via electrical impulses, such as those that travel along the nerves
- Mechanical stimuli, such as a stretching of the stomach to signal the body that you are full
The Production of Collagen and Elastin to Smooth Wrinkles, Fine Lines and Acne Scars
The wavelength of the PicoSure FOCUS specifically targets cells related to collagen and elastin production, and the “chattier” they are, the higher the production level. So your skin’s appearance is quickly.
Who is a candidate for PicoSure FOCUS?
Uniquely, PicoSure FOCUS is approved for all skin types and colors—from pale white to black—but there are contraindications, such as hypersensitivity to light, as well as certain illnesses, medical conditions and medications being taken.
Safety is Dr. O’Connell’s number one priority. During your initial one-on-one consultation, he will take a detailed medical history and thoroughly evaluate your unique situation to determine the feasibility of using PicoSure FOCUS.
What can I expect?
Patients familiar with laser treatments will immediately recognize what a breakthrough PicoSure FOCUS technology truly is. Here are the differences—and the benefits:
- Minimal to no downtime to a maximum of the treatment day
- Minimal to no discomfort to a very mild level
- No numbing required
- No waiting to put on makeup
- Minimal to no redness or swelling
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments is based on the individual. The average is 3 to 4, but results have been seen after just one, and some patients may require up to six.
A treatment takes 15 – 30 minutes, with a 6 to 8 weeks wait between treatment. (possibly longer for deeper pigments).
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