At Illuminate, our expert skin experts treat complex skin of all tones, types, and ethnic backgrounds with results-driven technologies. Discovery Pico is the newest generation of Pico lasers. This safe and effective laser skin treatment is perfect for skin resurfacing, skin pigmentation and rosacea correction, or tattoo removal, with quicker results and fewer sessions than its predecessors. Discovery Pico can restore beautiful, clear skin and a new sense of confidence in your look. Our highly trained aesthetic laser providers at Illuminate’s San Jose and Palo Alto med spa deliver exceptional results in a caring, comfortable setting.
The Discovery Pico laser system is one of the most effective tattoo removal, skin pigment and lesion removal options in the world. You may already have heard of or experienced PicoSure treatments, and while still effective, Discovery Pico is the next generation of Pico lasers. The high peak power and short pulse durations of this impressive device target even the deepest pigments while minimizing discomfort and downtime, meaning much more effective treatments with less recovery time. The gentle technology of this device makes it an excellent choice for addressing wrinkles and fine lines as well. Schedule your appointment in Palo Alto or San Jose, CA, today.
“I’m in love! I’ve had sooo many people ask me what I did! I just cannot even believe the improvement.”
- Real Illuminate patient (Fitzpatrick type 5), 6 days post-Pico treatment
The Discovery Pico system uses Quanta Pico technology to generate a pure photoacoustic effect. When applied to the skin, the generated energy shatters inks and pigmentation without harming surrounding tissue. The result is more vibrant and youthful skin. This careful precision minimizes any discomfort you may feel during treatment. The innovation is the use of two different laser properties.
A technique called light induced optical breakdown (LIOB) stimulates collagen production. The second is called picosecond cold ablation, which removes damaged skin. Because of its shorter pulse duration and high peak power, Discovery Pico can effectively pulverize even the deepest skin pigments. As the newest generation of this laser system, the Discovery can be adjusted to one of four pulsing emission modes: Picoseconds, Nanoseconds, Opti Pulse, and Microsecond. This versatility allows us to tackle a range of patient concerns, from tattoos to wrinkles and acne scars. Best of all, Discovery Pico treatment sessions require little-to-no downtime, meaning you can return to your daily routine immediately after your visit.
What does Discovery Pico do?
Discovery Pico shatters ink but leaves surrounding tissues unharmed. Discovery Pico in San Jose & Palo Alto can remove all colors of tattoos on all skin tones. Tattoo removal can take several sessions, especially very dark ones that may require more for complete removal. Discovery Pico reduces tattoo removal pain and recovery time and optimizes results in fewer sessions than any other treatment for tattoo removal Palo Alto & San Jose has to offer. Your skin will heal quickly and evenly, with little risk of permanent scarring or discoloration.
You should be a good candidate if you are not deeply tanned (natural or spray), have no chronic infections or autoimmune disorders or experiencing any open lesions or a wound in the area being treated.
All Bay Area Discovery Pico candidates must undergo a consultation prior to scheduling treatment, so we can answer all of your questions and ensure that Discovery Pico will help you reach your goals. Our highly trained and trusted skin experts are focused on delivring exceptional results with solutions for all skin tones and types.
This is very important. You must not have any excessive sun exposure or visit a tanning bed for two weeks prior to treatment. Use a sunscreen of at least UVB 30 or higher for a week prior to your procedure, and be prepared to stay away from harsh sun exposure while the skin is regenerating post-treatment. You should also not be on any type of antibiotic.
We will use a topical numbing cream on the skin for 30 minutes prior to treatment. Your procedure will be performed by one of our skin specialists in a comfortable environment. Palo Alto / San Jose Discovery Pico uses concentrated light and pressure to rejuvenate your skin and eradicate ink/lesion particles. It’s rapid ultra-short bursts are targeted toward each individual section of the treatment area. This process can take up to 30 minutes, but the average time may vary based on your specific treatment needs. This laser system is proven to provide long-lasting results. After your session, you are free to return to regular activities.
Pain and discomfort during the procedure are generally mild. Following your Discovery Pico laser treatment, some redness, swelling, and bruising may occur but should subside in a short amount of time. In the week following treatment, your skin will be slightly drier. We recommend using gentle cleansers, moisturizer, and sunscreen during this time. After one week, it is safe to resume your normal skincare routine.
After any side effects subside, you will see a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your skin. Results, while impressive and long-lasting, will vary based on your type and area of concern. When it comes to tattoo removal, this powerful and precision system has been proven roughly 100x faster than conventional Q-Switched tattoo lasers. In addition, most patients get complete clearance in half the sessions of conventional tattoo lasers. This means less time, less pain, and better results with Discovery Pico.
Along with unwanted tattoos , wrinkles, and lesions, Discovery Pico is a good option for addressing spider veins. When targeted with the Discovery’s ultra-light bursts, spider veins collapse and are absorbed beneath the skin. This effectively eases the bulging and discolored appearance.
Founder and board-certified San Jose & Palo Alto plastic surgeon, Dr. David Boudreault, oversees every aspect of our practice, including skin laser procedures, like Discovery Pico. Schedule your consultation today with our trusted aesthetic providers to take your first step toward clearer and more youthful skin!Contact Us
No. Since skin rejuvenation and tattoo removal are cosmetic procedures, your insurance will not cover the costs.
The cost of a Discovery Pico treatment varies based on the size of the treatment area and number of treatments needed to achieve maximal results. We can recommend services like CareCredit or Alphaeon that many of our patients use to spread out their treatment payments over time. Many of our patients will choose to apply for credit cards with longer terms at 0% interest. For detailed pricing information, schedule your appointment in Palo Alto & San Jose, CA today.
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At Illuminate we’re with you during every step of your journey toward greater self-confidence. Schedule a consultation with us today and let Illuminate’s expert team listen to your concerns and guide you through treatments and procedures to help you reach your individual goals. We look forward to seeing you and celebrating your renewed appearance and realized potential.