Hyperpigmentation Treatment for ALL Skin Tones… PiQ04
There’s a new laser treatment in town. Unveiled last month at the American Academy of Dermatology annual meeting in San Diego, the PiQo4 laser is upping the ante for skin-care tech.
For laser newbies, the idea of shooting your skin with something out of a Star Wars movie might sound scary, but lasers are used to treat a ton of skin concerns — specifically those tied to hyperpigmentation, like melasma.
“The most common pigment issues I see area post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun damage, and tattoos,” says Sejal Shah, a dermatologist in New York City. While treatments can vary, she says, laser treatments are a super effective way to zap any unwanted dark spots.
On a basic level, laser treatments, which use high-energy light beams to treat skin, work in two ways. For deeper pigmentation, such as melasma or tattoos, lasers can shatter pigment deposits underneath the skin. For surface-level treatment, “the laser works by punching microscopic holes in the skin, creating a controlled wound,” said Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. As the skin heels from this controlled injury, it does so in a more healthy and cosmetically elegant manner.”
The PiQo4 is a game-changer for a few reasons. First off, it’s super high energy (the most powerful picosecond laser on the market), which translates to faster results. According to Lumenis, PiQo4’s manufacturer, the laser can remove pigment in 40 percent less treatment time. Also adding to the laser’s speediness, is the relatively large size of the treatment area it can handle. PiQo4’s largest spot size is 15.5 millimeters. (For reference, that’s almost four times bigger than anything that’s currently available.) That makes the laser especially suited for larger pigmentation problems, such as a scar or birthmark that’s currently taking up a lot of real estate.
But what’s most notable about the PiQo4 laser is the four different wavelengths of light it uses. Currently, not all lasers on the market are suitable for darker skin tones, but the new laser works on all skin tones.
Talk about inclusivity…
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Excerpt posted originally at Allure.com