A New Laser on the Market

There’s a new laser on the market in the skin aesthetics/dermatology industry that’s doing big things. While not many practices have this technology yet, we will bet that it will soon be making its way into the hands of many certified laser technicians and dermatologists. You can learn about how the laser works and why it’s unlike any other in the article below. If you attend the Clearskin Institute of Laser Aesthetics you could eventually see or use this laser in your career!

There’s a new laser treatment in town. Unveiled earlier this 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,” Sejal Shah, a dermatologist in New York City, tells Allure. While treatments can vary, she says, laser treatments are a super effective way to zap any unwanted dark spots.

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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,” Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, previously toldAllure. “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.

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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.

Pricing varies per physician, but a typical PiQo4 laser treatment ranges from $250 for credit card-sized tattoos and $500 for pigment and facial treatments.

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Source: https://www.allure.com/story/piqo4-laser-treatment-hyperpigmentation-before-after-photos

Wearing Makeup During Laser Treatments

If you have ever wondered whether or not you can get laser treatments done with makeup on your face, Kim Kardashian just answered that question for you. The celeb recently documented a laser treatment she was getting on social media and noted that, first, the makeup on her face needed to come off. If you have been wanting to try laser treatments for your facial region, removing your makeup is just one thing you can do before your appointment to prepare.

The next time your dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or aesthetician tells you that your makeup has to come off before they perform a laser treatment or facial on you, tell them, “Well, Kim Kardashian West didn’t have to.” They may not buy it as an excuse to let you stay made-up, but it’s true: She did wear a full face of makeup during a laser treatment, and she documented the whole thing.

Kardashian West visited Skin Thesis, a medspa staffed with board-certified nurse practitioners in West Hollywood, where she kept the front-facing camera focused on herself during her appointment with the clinic’s director and co-founder, Melissa Haloossim.

“OK, guys, I am getting a Laser Facial. I have to wash all this makeup off,” Kardashian West says to viewers, at which point Haloossim starts removing the foundation, concealer, and bronzer Kim K. may have been wearing. However, she leaves on her smoky pink eye shadow, eyeliner, and dramatic lashes, as well as her pale matte lipstick and scrupulously shaped brows, intact. Yes, the Snapchat flower-crown filter the media mogul is sporting the entire time is known for adding a little glam, but there’s no denying that she’s still wearing a whole lotta actual makeup.

“We’re doing a Laser Facial, so we’re gonna plump up the skin, stimulate the collagen, work on pores, tightening everything up,” Haloossim explains, telling viewers about the $375 treatment. Skin Thesis’s online menu doesn’t indicate exactly which kind of laser is used during its Laser Facial, but its website says the laser is “gentle and non-invasive,” with no downtime.

So, is it OK that Kim K. kept her eye and lip makeup on during a laser treatment? We asked Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, for the scoop. “You do not necessarily need to fully remove eye makeup and lipstick if you are not treating the skin in those areas,” he explains.

However, it’s a damn good thing that Haloossim removed everything else. “Makeup must be fully removed from the area of skin being treated with a laser because it can interfere with the laser penetrating into the skin,” explains Zeichner. But it’s not just efficacy that’s a concern. “The makeup can also potentially enter the skin through an open wound created by laser, leading to inflammation and infection.” Yikes.

Following the laser, Haloossim starts their $225 Oxygen Facial, “which I love,” Kardashian West says, lips and eyes still fully beat. The Skin Thesis menu says it “uses pressurized oxygen to infuse a serum of low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, and peptides into the dermis to instantly hydrate and rejuvenate the skin.”

Although Kim K. didn’t give followers an unfiltered look at the end result, we’re guessing it wasn’t long before she reapplied her KKW Creme Contour and Highlight Sticks once she was done.

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Source: https://www.allure.com/story/kim-kardashian-west-laser-facial-wearing-makeup