The quality and appearance of your facial skin plays a big role in your self-confidence and affects all areas of life. It is not uncommon to feel less secure if you have blemishes, scars, or uneven pigmentation. The demand to treat these concerns has led to new laser technology developed specifically for skin rejuvenation which has revolutionized the field of laser medicine.

PicoSure: Advanced Treatment for Aging, Scarred and Sun Damaged Facial Skin

After 13 years of research and clinical testing, Cynosure developed the PicoSure Laser. PicoSure is an FDA-cleared skin treatment that is extremely convenient, requiring only around 15 to 30 minutes to complete. The delivery pattern of the light energy is “fractionated,” (split into sections), which is the gold standard for collagen stimulation.

By promoting collagen and elastin production through non-traumatic tissue healing, the PicoSure Laser is able to achieve unequaled results with less downtime than other fractionated lasers. PicoSure gently and effectively removes skin imperfections caused by sun damage, aging and acne.

PicoSure Technology

PicoSure is a groundbreaking laser technology for medical facials. Unlike other laser technologies which use heat to treat problem areas, PicoSure gently delivers ultra-short bursts of energy to targeted areas to improve the skin’s appearance. “Pico” means one-trillionth, and the PicoSure laser delivers pressurized energy at the rate of one-trillionth of a second, known as a “picosecond”. The benefit of this amazing speed coupled with the laser’s use of energy ensures that PicoSure does not burn the surrounding tissue. This results in less damage, as well as less discomfort for the patient.


Dr. O’Connell and the Serenity Rejuvenation Team use PicoSure technology to deliver unequaled results to laser skin resurfacing patients.

  • Dr. O’Connell has received Cynosure Certificates of Achievement in PicoSure Technology and is a member of the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine and the American Society for Laser and Medical Surgery.
  • Our highly trained team of master Estheticians work closely with Dr. O’Connell to deliver the most advanced treatments on the market.
  • The team at Serenity Rejuvenation Center is committed to continuing their medical education in order to provide treatments that will improve the lives of our patients. We will improve the way you feel about how you look with the most advanced tools available.


PicoSure technology can effectively treat the following facial concerns:

  • Wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Fine lines
  • Melasma
  • Brown spots
  • Freckles
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Stretch marks


While steering clear of the sun, using sunscreen, optimizing hormones and maintaining a healthy diet are all excellent ways to maintain youthful skin, time can eventually take its toll. At that stage, cosmetic procedures can be used to truly rejuvenate your skin.

The preeminent procedure currently available for laser skin rejuvenation is the PicoSure Focus Facial, a laser rejuvenation treatment which addresses issues such as melasma (more safely than heat-based devices), uneven pigmentation (sun damage), and acne scarring (which can include components of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). It also improves the overall texture of the skin.


The Focus laser tip magnifies and focuses the PicoSure laser. It was specifically designed to treat wrinkles and acne scars through medical facials. The proprietary Focus lens technology turns laser energy into gentle pressure waves that activate cell signaling. This stimulates the body to smooth wrinkles and other imperfections.

The wavelength of the PicoSure Focus specifically targets cells related to collagen and elastin production causing them to signal one another. The more your cells signal one another, the higher the production of collagen and elastin resulting in smooth and youthful skin.


Cells communicate in a process called “cell signaling.” In some cases, a cell sends a signal to itself. In other cases, the signal may be sent to cells in close proximity or to other cells at a distance. The purpose is to ensure that the entire cellular system is coordinated and doing what it needs to do to keep the body functioning and healthy—from stimulating the growth of new cells to the repair of damaged tissues.


Uniquely, PicoSure FOCUS is approved for all skin types and colors—from Caucasian to any ethnic skin tone. There are, however, several contraindications to treatment with PicoSure FOCUS, including hypersensitivity to light, certain illnesses, medical conditions and medications.

Safety is Dr. O’Connell’s number one priority. During your initial one-on-one consultation, he will take a detailed medical history and thoroughly evaluate your unique situation to determine the feasibility of using PicoSure FOCUS.


The PicoSure (pressure wave) technology allows for safe and effective treatment of darker skin types, which cannot be treated successfully with traditional laser and light therapies. In addition, it is safe for use on melasma (a hormone-induced pigment), which is notorious for being heat-sensitive.

Prior to PicoSure technology, many lasers included a risk of post-pigmentation for Ethnic skin types and those with heat sensitive pigmentation issues such as melasma.


PicoSure Focus Treatment is gaining enormous recognition in many Asian countries, including South Korea, Thailand, China, Japan, and Mongolia.

While other treatments pose a risk of side effects for Asian and ethnic skin, PicoSure Focus can be safely used for Pico Toning of Asian skin types. Asian skin often contains more melanin, and the tissue response to heat-based energy can be unpredictable. With the pressure-induced energy of Pico Toning, we are able to safely shrink enlarged pores, treat acne scarring, address deeper pigment issues, and rejuvenate skin texture for all patients, including those of Asian descent


Acne scars are a skin condition that was once very difficult to treat, often leading to a lifetime of psychological damage. Thankfully, PicoSure Focus, one of the latest treatments to be approved for acne scarring, has significantly cut down healing time and discomfort for those who have visible acne scars.

Prior to the development of PicoSure Focus, the gold standard for acne scarring had been considered fractional CO2 lasers. Although fractional CO2 was considered an improvement over fully ablative lasers, fractional CO2 treatments were still a difficult and painful process to undergo taking patients up to 14 days to fully heal.

PicoSure Focus is truly a breakthrough technology for acne scar patients. Unlike CO2 lasers, PicoSure treatments have virtually no downtime. The laser is able to break the scar tissue apart with less damage to the skin, which translates into less pain and discomfort for the patient.

PicoSure Focus Photo

PicoSure Focus Photo

Results shown here were 5 months post 1 treatment of PicoFocus

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Pico Toning works by setting the PicoSure Focus to reach a precise depth in the skin. This PicoSure Focus Facial treatment is known as “Pico Toning”. Pico toning is a highly successful procedure for uneven skin texture, skin tone and skin discoloration.

Pico Toning can also be used to tackle acne scars and fine lines. It has the additional benefit of plumping and revitalizing the skin by stimulating collagen production.


Laser Genesis/ PICO Genesis is a laser procedure specifically designed to treat pigmentation issues and skin revitalization. Combining two effective wavelengths in ultra-short pulses, this laser causes remodeling of the dermis without the use of heat. Prior to the arrival of PICO Genesis, lasers used heat energy to remove pigment which could lead to unwanted hyperpigmentation.

PICO Genesis is ideal for gently and effectively treating:

  • Brown Spots
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Melasma
  • Age Spots

Your skin will appear brighter and more even after several treatments. The PICO Genesis laser doesn’t utilize heat. It focuses on the actual pigmentation itself without damaging the healthy tissue around it. Because PICO Genesis is so gentle on your skin, you don’t have to worry about missing out on any events after your procedure. PICO Genesis outperforms more intense lasers allowing you to see results in fewer session. A series of 2-3 treatments are recommended for optimum results.


The Picosecond laser was originally developed for tattoo removal. It was found to destroy the targeted ink pigment in the skin without damaging healthy tissue. For those wishing to remove unwanted tattoos, picosecond technology provides rapid clearing with fewer treatments and far less side effects than other tattoo removal technologies.


The PicoSure Focus Facial treatment has almost no downtime. It results in only a small amount of redness in the skin, which disappears in one to three hours after the treatment session. Pigmented lesions gradually darken then exfoliate. Collagen stimulation will occur over ninety days to around nine months. This allows you to continue with your daily routine almost immediately after your session.

Typically, one to three treatments are recommended for acne scarring, along with follow-up maintenance for pigmentary issues.

Patients familiar with laser treatments will immediately recognize what a breakthrough PicoSure Focus technology truly is. Some of the advantages and benefits over other types of lasers include:

  • Minimal to no downtime to a maximum of the treatment day
  • Minimal to no discomfort to a very mild level
  • No numbing required
  • No waiting to put on makeup
  • Minimal to no redness or swelling


Other laser treatments may promise results in the treatment of acne scars, melasma, and hyperpigmentation, but none do it as safely as PicoSure. PicoSure is the most modern approach available in laser medicine with minimal downtime and a more effective treatment. To find out more about our PicoSure Focus Facial, contact us today for a private consultation.

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