PiQo4 laser is the latest in cutting-edge technology in helping patients resolve unwanted pigmentation and rejuvenate the skin without the downtime, for all skin types. The PiQo4 laser offers both improved tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation benefits, while helping patients resolve unwanted skin imperfections, making these inconveniences a thing of the past. Dr. Masri and his team of specialists at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery are pleased to offer this state-of-the-art laser to patients in Birmingham, and Dearborn, Michigan.
What is the PiQo4 Laser?
PiQo4 is a unique laser that can give patients two benefits, depending on the goals of treatment: tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation.
Laser tattoo removal works by breaking up the ink in the skin so that the body can gradually dispose of the ink particles. However, some colors have historically been more difficult to treat with standard laser systems than others. Using four different wavelengths, PiQo4 can more effectively treat a rainbow of tattoo ink colors compared to older lasers that only offered two wavelengths. Combining both pico and nano technology, PiQo4 breaks up ink more efficiently and works better on stubborn inks. PiQo4 also treats a larger spot size at once, reducing the length time of treatments and penetrating the skin more deeply than other lasers, while being safer for the skin.
The PiQo4 laser can also be used to rejuvenate the skin in a non-invasive treatment that relies on mechanical energy, rather than heat energy. The laser energy encourages new collagen and elastin production, which allows the skin to regain its health and its youthful qualities. Laser treatments can also correct pigmentation issues such as melasma and pigmented lesions, birthmarks, acne scars, and vascular lesions.
The Benefits of PiQo4
Patients can expect up to 40% fewer treatments than they would need using other tattoo removal lasers. PiQo4 can treat the 9 most common ink colors, allowing patients with brightly colored tattoos to see exceptional fading with fewer treatments. Sessions are faster, safer, and more effective, while still offering excellent results.
When it comes to skin rejuvenation, patients with pigmentation issues can achieve a more even skin tone by using the laser to correct unwanted hyperpigmentation. Skin problems like vascular lesions and acne scarring can be improved, giving patients confidence in their everyday lives.
Are You a Candidate?
The PiQo4 laser is gentle on the skin, making it suitable for almost any healthy adult with an unwanted tattoo or pigmentation issues. However, patients with cancerous lesions or those with a history of keloid scarring are not considered to be good candidates for the procedure.
Although PiQo4 is the best option in the market,some tattoos, birthmarks, lesions, and other pigmentation issues will respond better to treatment than others, and more treatments may be needed to get satisfactory results. Only you and a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Masri can make the decision about your individual candidacy.
Your PiQo4 Consultation
Before you undergo any treatments with the PiQo4 laser, you will meet with Dr. Masri and a consultation specialist in the location of your preference in Birmingham, or Dearborn, Michigan, for a consultation. The consultation is very important for planning your procedure and ensuring that you are a good candidate for PiQo4.
During your consultation, your tattoo or unwanted skin pigmentation will be examined carefully, allowing our team to assess the type and complexity of the issue. You will be asked a few questions to help assess your candidacy, and you’ll have the opportunity to discuss the treatment process with our experts to ensure you’re ready to move forward. Don’t forget to ask any questions you may have during your consultation—it’s the perfect time to get the information you need to make the right decision for you.
The PiQo4 laser procedure is simple, quick, and straightforward. Some patients choose topical numbing creams or cold air applied to the treatment area prior to each session, while others find that they do not need these skin soothing measures to remain comfortable.
During the session, the laser handpiece is passed over the tattoo or the areas with unwanted pigmentation. The range of wavelengths in the laser remove uneven pigment in the skin, allowing the body to gradually dispose of the ink or melanin (natural brown pigment) in the skin. This process usually takes less than 20 minutes to complete. Patients can head home right after their treatment is complete.
Following treatment, the treated area may feel and look sunburned for a few hours. Patients generally do not need to restrict their activities as long as they are feeling well enough, and most people are able to resume their lives as usual immediately after treatment. Side effects should subside quickly, and results should start to appear gradually after treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
How many treatments are needed to remove a tattoo?
While most patients will notice improvement after the first treatment, many tattoos will need several treatments for satisfactory results. Unfortunately, there are so many different factors that go into how easy or difficult it is to remove a tattoo (ink colors, complexity, ink depth, etc.) that it’s impossible to generalize how many treatments an individual tattoo will need. As a rule of thumb, simpler tattoos are easier to remove, however, and the PiQo4 laser generally requires fewer treatments than other lasers.
Do PiQo4 treatments hurt?
While there is some discomfort associated with treatment, most patients find it tolerable, especially as sessions are short. For those who are more sensitive to pain or nervous about the experience, a numbing gel or cold air can be used to make the treatments more comfortable.
Is the laser FDA approved?
Yes, the laser is approved and overall very safe for patients.
Is PiQo4 a good treatment for wrinkles?
While the PiQo4 laser does offer skin rejuvenation benefits, it is better suited to tattoo removal and unwanted brown pigment in the skin, rather than wrinkle treatment. Other procedures may be a better choice for improving the appearance of wrinkles.
How many treatments are needed for skin rejuvenation?
As with tattoo removal, the exact number of treatments needed will depend on the patient. However, the average patient needs 3-4 treatments with the PiQo4 laser in order to see good results. Some patients may need more, some may need fewer.
What are the risks?
The PiQo4 laser is generally very safe. However, there are some potential complications that can occur that patients need to be aware of. Hyper- or hypopigmentation, scarring, and changes to skin texture occur rarely. Patients with dark skin are more likely to experience hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) due to the way the laser interacts with pigment in the skin. Patients with a history of keloid scarring may develop complications and may want to avoid PiQo4 treatments.
What areas can be treated?
Most areas of the skin can be treated with the PiQo4 laser because it is gentle on the skin. However, the area around the eyes should be avoided in order to prevent damage in this sensitive area.
How is the PiQo4 better than other lasers?
The PiQo4 laser uses four wavelengths instead of two, increasing the number of colors that can be treated during tattoo removal. The laser also treats a larger area at a time than other lasers, making the treatment safer, quicker, and easier on the skin.
How far apart are PiQo4 treatments spaced?
Generally, each treatment should be spaced at least 4 weeks apart to give the skin time to heal and the unwanted pigment to break down.
Book a consultation!
Dr. Masri and his team at Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery are dedicated to providing patients with the best options for skin rejuvenation and photorejuvenation. To schedule a consultation for PiQo4 laser treatments, call 866-487-3223 today!