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Glow On: Banish Brown Spots and Achieve Complexion Perfection with This New Multi-Wavelength Laser Treatment

February 27, 2019

(BPT) - Sun spots, age spots, liver spots ... whatever it is you call them, these flat brown and black marks can mar an otherwise ageless complexion.

Sun damage often leaves its mark in the form of these spots and unwanted freckles, which can result in lackluster, uneven skin tone. Also called lentigines or lentigos, these age spots may have a dramatic effect on quality of life and self-esteem.

You may have tried brightening creams and spent more than your fair share of time applying concealers, foundations, powders, bronzers and highlighters to cover up brown patches. A new laser treatment can free you from these rituals, and deliver a smoother, glowing complexion to boot.

Cutera’s PICO Genesis™ is a multi-wavelength laser procedure that restores a more even tone and radiance to your skin. Ultra-short laser pulses specifically target the melanin pigment in brown spots and uneven skin to shatter unwanted pigmentation on your face, hands and body.

According to dermatologist Kelly Stankiewicz in Park City, Utah, PICO Genesis is a versatile laser treatment that can be safely used on all skin types to treat a wide variety of pigmentary issues.

“With three pigment-specific wavelengths — 532, 670 and 1064 — I can target unwanted pigment while leaving normal pigment alone. The 670 nm wavelength is the ‘goldilocks’ of pigment lasers. It’s not too strong or too weak and appropriate for most skin types. It removes sun spots and freckles in one treatment. The 532 nm laser is ideal for lighter spots on lighter skin types and for any resistant sun spot. The 1064 nm wavelength is safe for all skin types, and pico-toning with the 1064 nm can remove resistant pigment like melasma while also creating improvement in skin texture. It’s the treatment that addresses all pigment without looking like anything has been treated at all because there is little to no downtime.”

Because PICO Genesis is non-ablative, it won’t damage your skin’s upper layers. The energy can also stimulate collagen production beneath the surface for a firmer appearance. Unlike many other lasers, PICO Genesis is safe for all skin types and is a comfortable treatment. Some people report that it feels like electric rain on your skin. A series of 20-minute treatments is usually needed for maximum results. Cost varies, but usually runs from $300 to $700 per session depending on the areas to be treated.

Miami dermatologist Jeremy Green says, “The Cutera enlighten laser is much more than a tattoo removing machine. Using its powerful yet safe 532 nm and 670 nm wavelengths, I can effectively treat unwanted pigmentation on most skin types. From dark brown spots of sun damage known as lentigines, to even the faintest of freckles, it is my go-to device. My patients enjoy when I combine these potent pigment treatments with laser toning, known as PICO Genesis. Using thousands of pulses of infrared light, over a series of treatments, PICO Genesis can help with fine lines, pores and skin texture. The 1064 nm light is safe for all skin types, and is a fantastic no-downtime and painless approach to skin rejuvenation.”

For more information on PICO Genesis™ or to find a provider near you, visit www.PICOGenesis.com.