Aesthetic treatments to improve skin conditions such as acne, scars, and pigmented lesions occupied five spots on the top ten list of fastest-growing, minimally invasive treatments in 2018. If you have an unwanted tattoo, dark spots, or facial wrinkles that you’d like to remove, call Smart Medicine SF in San Francisco, California, or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about the Lumenis®️ PiQo4 laser treatments.


Tattoo & Pigment Removal Q&A

What is PiQo4?

PiQo4 is a modern laser device used to treat a variety of skin conditions to improve your appearance and overall sense of well being. The experienced aesthetic team at Smart Medicine SF relies on the PiQo4 technology to quickly deliver high energy pulses of light at four wavelengths to reach deep into the layers of your skin and remove tattoos, reduce the appearance of pigmented lesions, and eliminate facial wrinkles.

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How do laser treatments work for facial rejuvenation?

Laser facial resurfacing involves pulsating beams of light on the treatment areas of your skin to remove damaged skin one layer at a time, including skin irregularities such as blemishes, dark spots, or acne scars. The process stimulates the development of new, healthier collagen growth, giving you a younger-looking appearance.

How does the PiQo4 laser treatment remove tattoos?

The PiQo4 laser uses very short laser pulses directly targeted on the tattoo to shatter the ink or pigment particles in the skin. When the ink pigments break up into tiny granules, the body’s immune system naturally removes them from the body. Compared to competing laser systems, the PiQo4 laser can treat spots that are four times larger than the closest competitor system. It provides 10 times more energy for the laser wavelengths used for tattoo removal, allowing the team at Smart Medicine SF to remove your tattoos in fewer treatments.

Learn more about your options for tattoo removal, eliminating skin imperfections, and facial resurfacing with aesthetic treatments at Smart Medicine SF. Call the office or use the online booking tool today to schedule a consultation for a customized treatment plan.

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PiQo4 Photoacoustic Effect

What Does the PiQo4 Laser Treat?

The PiQo4 laser treats many different skin conditions. It is one of the few lasers on the market that is safe and effective for all complexions both dark and light skin tones. PiQo4 laser is the first FDA cleared 4 wavelength laser to use both Pico and Nano energy to remove undesirable pigment. PiQo4 laser doesn’t use heat like most lasers, it uses photo-acoustics. Since no heat is used this makes it safe to use on all skin tones.

Melasma is pigmentation that is caused by sun exposure and hormonal changes like pregnancy, menopause, and hormonal birth control. Melasma is one of the hardest skin pigmentation issues to treat, but with the PiQo4 it is now possible. We still recommend that you wear sunblock, and wear a hat outside, as sun exposure to the treated areas can make the melasma reappear.

Freckles & Age/Sun Spots
Age spots are caused by prolonged sun exposure and or sunburns. It is most common in lighter skin types but can appear on anyone. The PiQo4 laser is FDA cleared for the clearance of age spots. We can safely and effectively treat age spots on any skin type.

Seborrheic Keratosis
Seborrheic keratosis is a common benign skin growth, that people tend to get as they age. They are black, brown, or light brown and are usually slightly raised with a waxy and scaly appearance.

Wrinkles �
As we age we begin to lose the collagen and elasticity in our skin, this causes fine lines and wrinkles to begin to appear. PiQo4 uses photoacoustic energy combined with high energy to reach deep into the skin. PicoFractional also stimulates new collagen, so that skin is renewed to achieve a brighter and even tone.

Tone & Texture
Do you want to tighten your skin, or improve its overall texture? PiQo4 skin resurfacing is great for neocolloagenasis You will immediately see improvement in skin texture following your treatment. The laser also stimulates the body’s natural healing process which encourages the production of collagen and elastin. This process, called neocolloagenasis, will take place in the months following treatment. Since the last use of acoustics for neocolloagenasis, it is safer to use on lighter and darker skin.

PiQo4 works wonders on acne, and acne scarring. The laser kills bacteria in the pores and increases cell turnover, which helps reduce acne. Used in combination with carbon cream it really helps draw the bacteria and oil out of the skin.

Tattoo Removal
Whether you have a tattoo that you want completely removed, or you have a piece that you want to be lightened for a cover-up, PiQo4 is the most powerful and versatile machine on the market! It has 4 wavelengths of light that can tackle any color.

PiQo4 can treat surgery scars, traumatic scars caused by an accident, or acne scarring.
Call today for a consultation to see if PiQo4 is right for you.