With dozens of different skin-perfecting lasers on the market, finding the one that best suits your skin’s needs can be a downright challenge. And, when you add in factors like downtime, energy sources and discomfort factors, you may end up even more confused. Of course, seeking out a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who can help guide you is important.
One of the newer laser treatments to become available is PicoSure, a picosecond laser that omits optical pulses in trillionths of a second. Translation: it’s superfast. Originally developed to speed up the tattoo removal process, the treatment is now FDA-cleared to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles and pigmentation (plus acne scars, too). Because each patient is different, it’s often tailored specifically to each person’s needs—three to five sessions are what most people need to achieve the desired results.
According to Virginia Beach, VA, dermatologist David H. McDaniel, MD, there are several points that separate PicoSure from other lasers, but he says that it gives the fastest visible improvement in fine lines, texture, tone, wrinkles and pigmentation without the discomfort and downtime of traditional skin-rejuvenating lasers, that really sets it apart. Like most other lasers, PicoSure helps increase collagen production for smoother skin that looks healthier. “There is not only new collagen that’s produced, but also other changes in the skin like new elastin fibers, which is not something we see very often after these kinds of treatments,” says Dr. McDaniel. “Collagen and elastin are the building blocks of youthful-looking skin.”