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What Are the Benefits of a PiQo4 Laser Treatment?

Lasers are versatile tools that allow us to help our patients achieve a healthy, radiant complexion. Blemishes like freckles, birthmarks, melasma, or sun damage can get in the way of achieving that goal. Even scars or once-loved tattoos can affect how you think about your skin. The Marmur Medical team provides our patients with premier technologies, including the revolutionary PiQo4 laser.

PiQo4 is a non-thermal skin resurfacing laser that treats various conditions, including pigmented lesions, freckles, birthmarks, melasma, vascular lesions, and unwanted tattoos and permanent makeup. With the PiQo4 laser, our experts can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

At Marmur Medical, we are passionate about your journey to healthy skin. That’s why we offer a wide range of treatments with relatively short recovery times to enhance your appearance.

What Is the PiQo4 Laser, and Why Is It So Popular?

With adjustable wavelengths and penetration depths, the revolutionary PiQo4 laser technology offers a customizable treatment for eliminating many different skin imperfections. As a non-thermal laser that uses four wavelengths and nanosecond and picosecond pulse delivery, the PiQo4 can target and destroy pigmentation at different depths without harming the surrounding tissues. The PiQo4 laser also encourages collagen formation to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, rejuvenating skin with limited downtime.

Due to PiQo4 laser’s versatility, it can treat multiple concerns, including pigmentation and tattoo inks within the skin. In contrast to other lasers that can damage surrounding tissues, increase patient downtime, and worsen pigmentation concerns, the PiQo4 laser generates minimal heat as it treats quickly and precisely. Dr. Marmur specifically chose the innovative PiQo4 laser for its safety, versatility, and outstanding results.

Many laser treatments are unsafe for treating darker skin tones. One of the most significant benefits of the PiQo4 laser is that it’s safe for all skin tones. With the safety benefit of the ultrafast pulse width, the PiQo4 treats specific pigment particles with less collateral damage to the surrounding, normally pigmented skin.

How Does a PiQo4 Laser Treatment Work?

The expert team at Marmur Medical uses the PiQ04 laser to address many skin conditions related to pigmentation. It even improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. To treat these concerns, the PiQ04 laser uses multiple energy frequencies to destroy concentrated areas of pigmentation or tattoo inks by targeting deeper or more superficial layers of the skin. Due to the unique technology of the PiQo4, our experts can effectively treat these skin concerns on all skin types.

Your PiQo4 Laser Procedure

To begin your PiQo4 laser treatment, we will numb the area with a topical or local anesthetic to make you as comfortable as possible. Though you may feel slight discomfort, each session is short and typically well-tolerated. For more sensitive patients, we have other options to make your appointment more manageable. For additional safety, we also provide protective eyewear.

Your provider will calibrate the PiQo4 laser device to specific settings to precisely treat your skin with energy bursts, breaking down the pigment. With minimal heat, the PiQo4 delivers energy quickly and precisely into the treatment areas. As the spot size is also adjustable, the PiQo4 will treat only the targeted areas, ensuring the safety of the surrounding skin.

Following your PiQo4 treatment, our experts recommend developing a meticulous skincare routine to optimize your results. We recommend our line of MMSkincare treatments, including the Revive and Repose serums, the Revive and Repose masks and the green MMSphere 2.0 and MMSphere2Go LED light treatments. 

What Skin Rejuvenation Benefits Can You Expect From PiQo4 Laser Treatment?

Without damaging the surrounding skin, PiQo4 addresses discoloration and pigmentation on any non-hair-bearing skin, including your neck, face, arms, chest, hands, and back. This versatile treatment can revitalize skin in a wide range of tones and pigments, with fast results.

With low risk and limited downtime, non-surgical laser skin rejuvenation with the PiQo4 laser offers the results you’re looking for. The PiQo4 works effectively in restoring skin conditions, such as:

  • Pigment-related concerns, including age spots, freckles, moles, and birthmarks
  • Melasma
  • Tattoo removal
  • Permanent makeup removal, like microbladed eyebrows, eyeliner, and lipliner
  • Dark undereye circles
  • Poikiloderma
  • Discoloration from chronic sun damage
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduced collagen production

With relatively short sessions, the PiQo4 laser is typically well-tolerated by many patients, but we do numb the skin before beginning treatment to provide comfort. As the PiQo4 laser does not break the skin, the associated downtime is significantly lower than other laser treatments.

PiQo4 Laser Treatment for Tattoo Removal

Tattoos often remind us of a specific moment in our lives. However, as time goes on, many people change their minds about the ink they got in their younger days. With an effective laser like the PiQo4, the experts at Marmur Medical can easily eliminate tattoos.

Tattoos consist of different inks with different longevity, which makes it challenging to correctly predict how many treatments will be necessary to permanently eliminate them. Typically, Dr. Marmur estimates it takes between three and five sessions scheduled at six-week intervals to see a significant fading of tattoo inks. However, this approximation depends on the tattoo style and size.

The PiQo4 laser treatment offers four wavelengths to treat a broad range of tattoo colors on almost all skin tones from any area of the body. PiQo4’s wavelengths are effective on nine of the most frequently used tattoo colors. While it can provide dramatic lightening of most tattoo colors, a PiQo4 laser treatment tends to be most effective on darker inks.

PiQo4 Laser Treatment for Pigmentation Issues

PiQo4 is an extremely effective treatment for skin pigmentation concerns to improve your healthy skin tone. With a faster treatment time, the Marmur Medical team can resolve birthmarks, freckles, melasma, other pigmented lesions, and vascular lesions in one to five sessions, depending on their size. Sometimes a single treatment is enough to resolve freckles, but larger spots often take at least three appointments scheduled six weeks apart.

PiQo4 Laser Treatment for Scar Revision

Scars often serve as reminders of a traumatic event or injury, and can often cause more emotional distress than the original injury. As a powerful and versatile treatment option, the PiQo4 laser has multiple settings that effectively treat various scars.

If you suffer from prominent acne scars, surgical scars, stretchmarks, pigmented scars, or many other forms of scarring, we can reduce or eliminate them in three to five sessions scheduled six weeks apart.

What Are Recovery and Downtime Like After PiQo4 Laser Treatment?

Most patients find the short PiQo4 laser treatment sessions to be tolerable or mildly uncomfortable. We offer a numbing gel or cold air to help make treatments more comfortable for sensitive patients.

Following treatment, you will see a white, “frosted” appearance on treated areas, which may crust or scab slightly. Avoid picking or scratching to reduce the risk of scars or infections.

After your PiQo4 laser treatment, your skin may be swollen and red, like having a mild sunburn, for a few hours. To reduce discomfort, apply cold compresses or take over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medications.

Within six to eight hours, you should only notice a slight redness or swelling that will resolve within a few days. As the PiQo4 laser doesn’t break the skin, the treated areas heal after approximately 12 hours. However, you should continue following aftercare protocol, as your skin will be fragile for a few days following your PiQo4 laser treatment.

Our experts at Marmur Medical recommend these post-procedural instructions to take optimal care of your skin and achieve the best PiQo4 laser treatment results.

  • Provide maximum hydration to heal scabs and crusts. For at least a week, moisturize every four hours with MMSkincare Revive serum and Repose serum at night. Another option is to use Aquaphor ointment several times a day.
  • Be gentle with your skin. Avoid using hot water, harsh soaps, brushes, exfoliants, or retinoids for at least one week.
  • Use gentle products, such as Isdin micellar water or Previse Purify, to clean your skin every morning and evening.
  • Use our MMSkincare Revive masks and other products for post-procedure skin rejuvenation.
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight on the treated area. Always use sunblock with an SPF greater than 30. Dr. Marmur recommends meticulous sun protection and skincare before and after laser treatments.
  • Do not use sunless tanning lotions during your PiQo4 laser treatment regimen.

Before your procedure, let us know if you’re prone to breakouts, so we can give you a prescription or recommend a benzoyl peroxide cream for the tiny acne-looking bumps that may occur on your lower face due to the treatment.

Who Is a Good Candidate for PiQo4 Laser Treatment?

Typically, the best candidates for PiQo4 laser treatments are in good overall health, have a positive outlook, and understand the procedure’s risks.

You may seek this quick, effective laser for concerns like:

  • Tattoo removal
  • Scars, including acne, surgical, etc.
  • Pigment irregularities
  • Vascular lesions
  • Birthmarks
  • Other discoloration
  • Textural concerns

You may wish to consider an alternative solution if you:

  • Are prone to forming keloids after skin trauma
  • Have a darker skin tone
  • Are susceptible to hypo- or hyper-pigmentation

What Should You Look for in a PiQo4 Laser Treatment Provider?

When searching for a laser provider, it’s crucial to find an expert-led team. Industry-renowned Dr. Ellen Marmur is a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience using lasers for dermatological surgeries and aesthetic procedures. At Marmur Medical, we go to great lengths to train our team and ensure they demonstrate mastery of laser devices to treat all our patients effectively and safely.

We continually seek the newest, most effective medical and cosmetic laser technologies, making Marmur Medical your best choice for laser skin resurfacing. When you are ready to enhance your skin’s appearance, New York City’s leader in PiQo4 laser skin treatments is your best choice!

Learn more about New York City’s best dermatology provider by contacting Marmur Medical online today.