With so many different laser treatments available, why is the picosecond laser creating so much buzz and excitement even among celebrities?
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Our skin bears a lot of abuse from environmental factors. A good skin care regime is a mainstay for most people but for those of us with certain skin issues, applying our toner, moisturiser, and sunblock daily is just not enough. Dark spots, acne scars, fine lines, and wrinkles are just some skin woes that even a healthy skin care routine cannot solve.
Laser treatments have become indispensable in the aesthetics world as they are proven to deliver results. The Fraxel laser, Q Switched Nd:YAG laser, Long Pulsed laser, and Fractional CO2 laser are household names that doctors use to treat a gamut of conditions from acne scars, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, varicose veins, to tightening skin and improving skin tone and texture.
However, not all lasers can be used to treat the same skin condition. It is important to get the right laser treatment that caters to your skin problems. What’s more, medical technology is constantly evolving and with it, comes lasers that are more advanced, effective, and boasts of shorter or even minimal downtime. The picosecond laser is one such laser that is now considered the go-to laser for skin rejuvenation, removing tattoos, pigmentation, and acne scars. Even China celebrity Fan Bingbing is reportedly a big fan of this laser, which is why many started calling it the “Fan Bingbing laser”.
The technology that reveals the future
PicoSure®, a picosecond laser device by CynoSure, delivers ultra-short pulse bursts of energy to the skin in picoseconds (trillionths of a second). Picosecond pulse creates an intense photomechanical impact known as PressureWave™ which shatters the target particles without destroying the surrounding skin tissue. As it does not solely rely on heat, less skin tissue will be damaged and therefore discomfort will be minimal during the treatment.
Through its unique, highly-targeted energy delivery, this US FDA-approved PicoSure laser penetrates the deeper layers of the skin dermis without disrupting the surrounding skin tissue. This helps to revitalise the skin by activating cell signalling. This stimulates collagen and elastin production which are essential for the skin healing.
PicoSure can treat different skin conditions and is especially effective for removing tattoos, pigmentation, acne scars, and smoothening wrinkles.
How is it different from other lasers?
Traditional laser uses photothermal action to deliver heat to the target particles surrounding tissues. This will cause some discomfort and requires some recovery time as it clears away damaged skin. However, PicoSure’s patented PressureWave technology focuses on breaking down the particles while stimulating collagen and does not destroy the surrounding tissue. All it leaves you is a slight flush on the face after treatment, which will fade away in about three days or so.
With the innovative technology involved in designing the machine, do ask your aesthetic doctor about the PicoSure laser during your next visit.