Monday, 17 December 2018

Cynosure PicoSure Laser Review. Dramatically Reverse The Signs Of Ageing...

Recently I was offered the opportunity to experience Cynosure's PicoSure Laser Treatment. Having accumulated quite a bit of visible sun damage to my face and neck, (after a childhood spent with scant understanding of the dangers of sun exposure), plus brown patchiness from seven pregnancies over the years, I was very keen to give this new laser skin rejuvenation treatment a shot.
(Make that extremely keen - who wouldn't be?!)

I am no stranger to laser skin rejuvenation procedures. I have invested hundreds of dollars over the years in laser pigmentation reduction and even hair reduction treatments with fantastic results. After all is said and done, I can tell you that lasers do work wonders, making your skin clear, even and toned. As far as I am concerned, it's best to disregard skin creams that claim to do the same. In my experience, they don't even come close.

So, in late October this year, I happily made my way to Cynosure's head office in Port Melbourne to experience this newest PicoSure laser 'do-it-all' rejuvenation treatment, and to subsequently share my experience with my readers here on Six Little Hearts.

If you've ever experienced a laser treatment, you may recognise some of these older laser machines.

These days there are lasers for just about everything and Cynosure are Australia's leading industry manufacturers. Their newest and most powerful all-in-one laser - the PicoSure with FOCUS Lens Array is a powerful amalgamation of its predecessors.

From skin rejuvenation, scar reduction and collagen and elastin boosting to tattoo removal, the PicoSure laser covers the lot and more. Down time is a thing of the past too. Treatments take around 20-30 minutes each and the number of sessions required will be determined by your specific issues. After each treatment you can resume your day as normal which is the huge perk of these procedures.

After meeting my lovely London-born laser therapist and filling out a detailed questionnaire about my health and needs, I was ushered into a medical recliner and told what to expect during treatment: sensations of intense heat and an audible 'crackling' sound as the laser beam itself 'snaps' and pulverises the unwanted pigmentation in my skin. (In my case, my much-loathed freckles.) And just so you understand exactly what lasers do, they breakdown or 'explode' melanin which over the course of 3-4 weeks is harmlessly carried away by the body's lymphatic system and expelled - thus resulting in the significant fading or a complete disappearance of the treated issue.

The following are selfie photos taken on my iPhone before, immediately after and just a few days ago (around 6 weeks post treatment) which dramatically show the stunning effects of the PicoSure laser treatment. These images are untouched so that you can see the results clearly for yourself.


Areas to target during treatment were my entire face and neck.

This quick shot of the state my skin was just prior to treatment. It's been around 13 years since I last had an IPL laser treatment. Though the results back then were fantastic, I had failed to maintain an upkeep laser session each year as was recommended at the time. After further pregnancies, sun exposure and hormones had once again conspired themselves into a fresh bout of pigmentation issues, I was more than happy to be treated again.

The PicoSure laser is held and used like a large pen by the therapist and my hair and eyes were covered for extra protection during the treatment session.

The sensation of the PicoSure laser itself was quite intense. Whereas IPL lasers give off a hot snap with each light pulse, the PicoSure device is more like a colouring-in with a tiny lightning bolt! As the beam reaches out to your skin, there's a continual snap and crackle sound as it whips against the pigmented areas. There is also an intense burning sensation which is thankfully controlled with a blast of cold air from a hose which I had control over during the entire treatment. Pain-wise I found this laser treatment uncomfortable, but bearable. (Thanks to the cool-shot fan!)

Immediately post-treatment.

Ouch! Immediately post treatment my skin was extremely red with a sensation of heat and burning not unlike sunburn. This phase lasts only minutes (the intense heat), and I controlled the discomfort with the cooling fan provided. The redness then faded quite rapidly over the course of the next 30 minutes to one hour. After this time my skin felt very firm. Skin tightening is an instant improvement felt after laser treatment as a boost of collagen and elastin results that can last for up to six months. This improves the look of wrinkles and makes you feel five years younger instantly.

There were some treated areas with painless, immediately visible, scabbing, which I was assured meant that the area would have a very good result. Technically speaking, darker spots are easy to treat as the laser is most effective on these.

Each PicoSure laser treatment takes from 3-4 weeks to begin to see a visible improvement as your body flushes away the broken-down pigment. I was very impatient during this phase as I was excited to see the results. Some pigment faded immediately, especially the darker areas. There was also a small skin breakout due to the heat of the laser but this was short lived.

The results speak for themselves in these after pictures (below). I have to admit I was quite shocked when I uploaded the before image (above) and compared it to these after images when compiling this post. My skin has not looked this good in years - maybe never. I think you will agree that this is a very good result.

Laser treatments have certainly come a long way since my IPL treatments years ago. The PicoSure laser has given me truly fantastic results which others continue to notice and compliment. My pores appear smaller, my skin feels firmer and the pigmentation is only a fraction of it's original messy shade. Mostly it's just gone completely. (I would like to have another session on my face and neck to improve these results even further.)

Image taken just a few days prior to publishing this post.

Lasers have come a long way in the past decade. Where previously I had required several treatments via IPL to obtain a satisfactory result, the PicoSure laser has given me this clearly visible result in only one treatment! I am so happy with the improvements. I should mention too that it is essential to wear sunscreen daily to maintain these results in the long term. No biggie.

I can't rate this gift of clear skin highly enough. PicoSure works and it works better than I could have imagined. I am so glad that this opportunity popped up as it was on my long list of things to do for myself.

If you're concerned about your own skin issues, such as lack of elasticity, acne scars, wrinkles or pigmentation, I absolutely recommend you seek out the exciting results of a PicoSure laser treatment yourself. A PicoSure treatment would also make a memorable and much-appreciated Christmas gift to yourself or a loved one. 

To learn more about Cynosure, visit their website. To find a local provider near you, visit this link.
To read more about the PicoSure laser, head here.

*Disclosure: I received a Cynosure PicoSure laser treatment in exchange for this feature.
I am truly impressed and wish to thank Cynosure for this opportunity and my exceptional results!
Naturally, all opinions are my own and genuine.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, you really can see the differences! I am glad you took part in this self-care too.

    Thank you for your connections & comments on #lifethisweek in 2018. It has been fun and I welcome you back in 2019. Next week's optional prompt is "We Made It". The last one in 2018. Denyse x


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