PicoPlus Laser in Newport Beach, CA

Unwanted tattoos and acne scars are common concerns that up until recently were very difficult to treat. In the past, people would just have to live with these issues and make the best of them. But today, there’s a quick, virtually painless solution available: the groundbreaking PicoPlus laser. Newport tattoo removal expert and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva, MD, understands these skin concerns and has extensive experience in successfully treating patients with the state-of-the-art PicoPlus laser in Newport Beach, CA at LEA Plastic Surgery.

What is the PicoPlus Laser?

PicoPlus LaserThe FDA-approved PicoPlus laser is an advanced device that is proven clinically to remove tattoos of any pigment color. This cutting-edge device is a breakthrough in laser technology, assisting doctors in treating patients with a range of skin concerns including acne scars, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines.

In the past, the only way to treat patients with unwanted tattoos or dark spots on the skin was to heat the area intensely. PicoPlus uses much less heat and therefore does not injure the skin. It delivers ultra-short pulses of light energy at a “picosecond” to break up ink particles or encourage skin renewal without affecting the surrounding skin. Because much less heat is used, the surrounding skin is not damaged and discomfort is minimal.

PicoPlus laser technology can harness the body’s natural healing processes to minimize fine lines and improve the texture of the skin like no other laser can. The treatment converts laser energy into pressure waves which activate cell signaling. This leads to increased collagen and elastin production but without causing damage to the skin. The result is a smoother, more youthful look without major side effects or downtime.

Why Choose PicoPlus Laser Treatment?

Individuals in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and greater Orange County, CA, who are interested in removing unwanted tattoos, smoothing out acne scars, and/or improving their skin tone and texture should consider the PicoPlus laser as one of the best treatment options available.

Tattoo Removal

Laser tattoo removal is not new, as Q-switched lasers have been around for a while. But PicoPlus has made the tattoo removal process in Orange County more effective and comfortable than ever before.

With PicoPlus laser tattoo removal, the ink in an unwanted tattoo is shattered in a picosecond into smaller ink particles. Less heat is needed and damage to the skin is significantly reduced. The laser also addresses tattoo ink in all pigments: black, blue, green, red, yellow and orange. All skin types (I-IV) on the Fitzpatrick scale can be treated safely.

Individuals that have removed tattoos with traditional tattoo removal methods typically achieve only moderate success. Patients previously treated with conventional Q-switched lasers also find that this method takes more tattoo removal treatments than with PicoPlus.

Acne Scarring

Acne is a major issue for many teens (and even adults) and the scars it leaves behind can be difficult to deal with. Scar creams and other topical treatments can only do so much and it takes a very long time to see any improvement in the appearance of acne scars using this method.

During PicoPlus acne scar removal in Newport Beach, the laser penetrates the skin to create controlled thermal damage under the skin, breaking up the scar. After several treatments, most patients see a significant improvement in the appearance of their acne scars and are able to achieve smoother facial skin overall.

Skin Rejuvenation

Picoplus Before and AfterThis revolutionary laser resurfacing treatment is also used as an effective way to resurface the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. During the treatment, collagen growth is stimulated deep within the dermis, creating a firm, youthful look.

PicoPlus laser treatments also lighten dark spots, either from environmental (sun spots) or hormonal (melasma) causes. The laser gently breaks up and disintegrates the unwanted pigment into micro-particles, causing a significant reduction in the discoloration of the skin.

Am I a Candidate for Picosure Laser?

Ideal candidates for the PicoPlus laser in Newport Beach are individuals who wish to undergo tattoo removal, minimize the look of acne scars, or rejuvenate the skin on the face and neck. PicoPlus laser treatments work on many skin types, including very light to dark skin.

People in Newport Beach and Orange County interested in the PicoPlus laser treatment with Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva should have realistic expectations and should be in good overall health. It is also important that prospective patients avoid significant sun exposure for at least 6 weeks prior to the treatment.

The PicoPlus Laser Consultation

Patients interested in PicoPlus should always work with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist with experience in the field of skin rejuvenation.

It is important to schedule a PicoPlus laser consultation in Orange County with Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva at LEA Plastic Surgery prior to being treated for your skin concerns. During this initial visit, Dr. Ho Taghva will go over your medical history, ask questions about your skin type, and inquire about any previous treatments you may have had. The doctor will address your skin concerns and recommend any supplemental or alternative treatments if appropriate.

Individuals in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Orange County seeking PicoPlus laser treatments for tattoo removal, skin rejuvenation, or acne treatment can contact LEA Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva.

The PicoPlus Laser Procedure: What to Expect

The PicoPlus laser procedure takes place at GALEA Center for Advanced Surgery, a Medicare Accredited facility located next to LEA Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach. It is very quick (typically 10-15 minutes to complete) and relatively painless. Patients have described the treatment as feeling like a series of rubber band snaps. A numbing cream may be provided to keep any discomfort to a minimum.

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Patients are in and out of the doctor’s office in very little time and can easily have the treatment performed over their lunch break. A series of treatments spaced several weeks apart is typically necessary for optimal results.

Recovering from PicoPlus Laser Treatment

There is virtually no downtime involved with the procedure. After being treated with the PicoPlus laser in Newport Beach, minor swelling and redness may occur but will subside after a couple of hours.

Patients can return to work or go about their day as normal directly after treatment. If needed, makeup can be used to cover any redness since PicoPlus doesn’t cause a burn or create damaged skin. Therefore, sunscreen, moisturizer, and makeup can be applied right away.

What Are the Possible Side Effects or Risks of PicoPlus Laser Treatment?

The PicoPlus laser is an FDA-approved device for diminishing the look of acne scars, lightening dark spots, and removing tattoos from the skin. When performed by an experienced dermatologist or licensed plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, there is very little chance of side effects occurring. However, as with any cosmetic treatment, the PicoPlus laser is associated with possible complications, including scarring, changes in skin pigmentation and infection.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva to Perform My PicoPlus Laser Treatment?

Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva, MD, is known in Newport Beach, Orange County, and throughout Southern California for her personalized approach to patient care. Not only is she a highly skilled surgeon, but she sees each patient as a unique individual and it shows in the natural-looking results she is able to achieve.

The doctor and her team at LEA Plastic Surgery take pride in treating each patient with compassion and expertise. With years of experience in treating skin concerns, the doctor is highly regarded in the community as one of the leading laser experts using this innovative new technology for scar removal and tattoo removal in Newport Beach.

Frequently Asked Questions About PicoPlus

How many PicoPlus treatments are needed?

PicoPlus laser patients in Newport Beach generally require between 2-3 sessions to remove dark spots from the skin.

For tattoo removal, the number of treatments needed varies depending on the color and depth of the ink used, as well as the size of the tattoo. On average, three to six sessions are needed for satisfactory tattoo removal.

Patients seeking laser acne scar removal often need between three and six sessions, depending on the severity and the types of scars they have.

Does PicoPlus work for fine lines?

Yes. By using the FOCUS lens in addition to the PicoSure laser, fine lines and wrinkles can be successfully diminished. The FOCUS lens concentrates and delivers ultra-short pulse laser energy, encouraging natural collagen and elastin production. Unlike other anti-aging treatments such as injectable dermal fillers, PicoPlus can treat many different signs of aging, including unwanted skin pigmentation.

What is the PicoPlus laser tattoo removal process?

Before and After Tattoo RemovalPicoPlus laser tattoo removal in Orange County has proven to be faster and more effective than traditional tattoo removal treatments. The laser uses picosecond technology to deliver ultra-short pulses of light energy to the skin, which breaks up the ink into tiny particles. It causes no damage to the surrounding skin.

How does PicoPlus work?

The PicoPlus laser is an “Alexandrite” laser. This type of laser works by using a specific wavelength of light and a special lens to convert laser energy directed at the skin into pressure waves. The pressure activates natural cell signaling processes which creates collagen and elastin without causing skin damage, a side effect of more invasive laser treatments.

What is cell signaling and what does it have to do with my skin?

Cell signaling is a recent discovery which refers to how the cells in the body communicate with each other to keep us healthy and looking young. When cells are injured, they release proteins. This triggers a healing response from other cells. The PicoPlus laser taps into this groundbreaking scientific discovery to keep the skin producing collagen and elastin, ultimately keeping the skin plump and healthy.

Individuals who suffer from acne, aging skin, unwanted tattoos, or hyperpigmentation may find relief with PicoPlus laser treatments in Newport Beach. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva, contact LEA Plastic Surgery at 949.945.2168 and speak with one of our friendly, helpful advisors today!

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