How long does it take dark spots to fade following Picosure laser treatment? (photos)

My age/sun spots were noticeably darker within hours of the procedure and after two days they are still very dark.

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Dark spots after Picosure laser treatment

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This is normal occurrence and it may take one to two weeks for your spots to completely heal. The healing process that is happening is influencing the pigment to turn darker at the surface of the skin. Good luck!


Summit Emergency Medicine Physician

Fading Browns Spots with the PicoSure FOCUS

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We use the PicoSure Laser with the FOCUS lens array everyday treating pigment, fine lines and wrinkles.  We warn our patients that their skin may be come blotchy and pigment may appear darker for the next 3-5 days, although in rare cases it may last up to 2 weeks. 


The PicoFOCUS gently delivers bursts of energy deep in the dermis without causing harm to the overlaying skin.  The pulses work to break up pigment and stimulates new collagen and elastin production.  Your body’s own healing process sweeps away older, damaged tissue and ramps up skin turnover.  Some pigment will actually travel to the surface making it initially appear darker.  We normally recommend a series of 4 treatments; 1 every 4 weeks.  Do not be concerned if your pigment goes away and then comes back within days to weeks; pigment is usually multiple layers deep and clears layer by layer.


We recommend finding an experienced physician in your area.  Treatment prices
vary by market.

Laura Riehm, MD
Fort Worth Physician
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