A Versatile Treatment for Clearer, Smoother Skin in Albuquerque
Some patients want to address fine lines and wrinkles. Others want to fade a tattoo they now regret. Still others want to reduce the appearance of visible acne scars. The PicoWay®laser at Albuquerque's Western Dermatology Consultants is a solution for all of these problems—and more.
The PicoWay® laser accomplishes all of this with "sub-surface ablation." While many lasers use energy to remove the outermost layers of skin cells in focused areas, PicoWay® laser energy leaves the surface intact to effect changes in deeper levels.
How Does the PicoWay® Laser Work?
Carefully focused beams of light travel through the epidermis to create precise patterns of "injury" on the underlying dermis. Surrounding cells react by ramping up collagen and elastin production.
Collagen is necessary for firm skin that holds its structure, as well as for providing a place where moisture-loving hyaluronic acid molecules can live. Elastin is vital for giving skin its bounce and resiliency. Without these two crucial elements, skin dries out, grows lax, and begins to reveal signs of age and damage.
The lightfrom a PicoWay®laser treatment can also be used to "break up" pigmented cells and particles, which heat up more than the surrounding tissue during a session. After being damaged by the laser light, pigmented lesions will gradually flake away, while the ink used in tattoos is reduced to smaller pieces that the body can process.
Where on the Body Can the PicoWay® Laser Be Used?
The PicoWay® laser is ideal for fading tattoos and addressing benign pigmented lesions virtually wherever they may be found.
When it comes to acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles, the PicoWay® laser is most commonly applied to the forehead, periorbital area (around the eyes), cheeks, nose, perioral area (around the mouth), chin, and jawline.
Talk to a member of the Western Dermatology Consultants team to determine if your cosmetic concern would respond well to a PicoWay® laser treatment.
What Are the PicoWay® Laser's Results?
The effects of a laser session vary depending on the treatment chosen. Patients typically need between two and four sessions to achieve their ideal results, which may take several months to be fully visible.
Since the light does not break the surface of the skin, healing is faster than with ablative treatments that remove cells. Patients find that they can return to their typical daily schedule after just two days of down time—if even that.
Note that this treatment works on a wide range of skin types.
Are There Other Lasers Available in Albuquerque?
Western Dermatology Consultants also offers laser hair removal, fractional laser treatments for more dramatic results, and other laser treatments(such as Isolaz® to clear acne and Clear + Brilliant to maintain a youthful look) for women and men seeking cosmetic dermatology services. Intense pulsed light used for photofacials is not a laser, but works in a similar way.
Aside from lasers, microdermabrasion is also available as a collagen-stimulating option, chemical peels work to remove outer layers of skin for a brighter and fresher look, and TempSure™ uses radiofrequency energy-generated heat to start collagen production for a smoother appearance. Discuss any of these options—and more—with our experienced team.