Picosure is a new breakthrough laser treatment that is offering hope to acne scar sufferers. The treatment offers unmatched photomechanical impact that is known to give better skin clearance in less number of treatments as compared to other laser treatments like the Q-switched laser.
How does laser treatment work to reduce acne scarring?
Picosure laser treatment rejuvenates the skin and removes skin irregularities including hyper-pigmentation, acne scarring, and sun exposure, tattoos etc. It is a very safe treatment that creates a photomechanical impact (Pioseconds of pulse width which are so ultra short they deliver a mechanical impact) to remove damaged layers of the skin without harming the healthy skin surrounding it. The light also helps stimulate collagen production and produces new skin cells in the underlying layers to reveal younger looking as well as scar-free skin. In each session, layer by layer of damaged skin is removed to reveal the healthy skin beneath. Picosure treatment thus helps not only patients with heavy acne scarring but also people who wish to remove their tattoos.
Who are ideal candidates for laser treatment for removing acne scarring?
Most people can tolerate Picosure acne treatment procedure quite well. However; patients having certain skin tones or those with existing medical conditions tend to have more unpleasant side effects from the laser treatment for acne scar removal.
Hence, the ideal candidates for Picosure, which is a FDA approved laser skin rejuvenation procedure, include people with medium to fair skin tones, wrinkles, acne, hyper pigmentation or uneven pigmentations etc. Preferred candidates for the procedure should also have non oily skin that does not scar or bruise easily. Candidates who are taking any prescription medication for any pre-existing condition must let their dermatologist know about it prior to opting for this laser treatment for acne scarring.
If you feel you are suited for the Picosure laser treatment, talk to your doctor. S/he will first decide if your skin imperfections are major enough to warrant this laser treatment for reducing acne scarring. Do note the fact that this is, after all, a surgical procedure which could have side effects that last for few weeks, and that people with minor scars would probably do better with other non-invasive therapies such as peels etc. Also candidates with very dark skin tones are not suitable for Picosure acne scarring treatment since the light and heat generated could burn the pigmented cells or destroy them completely.
Preparing yourself for acne scarring laser treatment
It is best to consult a reputed cosmetic surgeon/dermatologist for seeking the Picosure treatment. Make sure you let him/her know of existing health conditions. If you experience breakouts or cold sores near the mouth area, let your doctor know about it, since laser treatment can sometimes aggravate herpes sores. You must stop smoking at least 2 weeks before the procedure and also avoid taking medicines like NSAIDs or other drugs that could give problems related to blood clotting.
The procedure is done by the dermatologist in the clinic, usually under local/general anesthesia, depending on the area of acne scarring. A single session could take up to 45 minutes and the treated portion needs to be bandaged afterward. One must also clean the treated portion with prescribed products and also apply ointments to prevent scabs from forming.
The only minor side effects of this laser treatment for acne scarring include itching, swelling or tingling sensation which usually disappears a few days following the procedure. It is important to wear a sun screen and also use Retinol A or other products to minimize acne and prevent formation of new scars.
Benefits of Picosure
Compared to traditional (Q-switched) laser treatment for acne scar removal, Picosure laser delivers light in pico seconds, while Q-switched delivers light in nanoseconds. Therefore, in reduced number of treatments, one can get faster results. The recovery time is also quicker so the procedure is considered highly effective in case of very deep acne scarring.
Cost of laser treatment for acne scars
Picosure delivers speedier results but, on the downside, it could be expensive. Depending on the amount of scar tissue present, the procedure can cost anywhere in the range of $300 or more. The treatment might not be covered by insurance.
Talk to your doctor if the Picosure Laser treatment is right for curing your acne scarring.