Picosecond Laser: An Aesthetic Solution to Acne-Scarred Skin

Skin imperfections like acne scars, premature aging, discoloration, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, and texture can shake our self-confidence. We have long associated beauty with clear, radiant, youthful, and firm skin, regardless of our age and gender. If you are going through any of the above-mentioned skin issues or want to achieve firm, bright, and clear skin, the Picosecond laser is your ultimate ally in this journey. This new and advanced technology holds the solution for various skin problems and is nothing less than a miracle. The picosecond laser is a non-surgical and non-invasive skin treatment addressing all skin concerns that lead to adverse and severe skin problems. 

Acne is a widespread skin issue that affects almost everyone at some point in life. But it is not something that only affects people’s life and skin in its active form. It also leaves stubborn scars that can change your life from a social interaction point of view. It is fast, safe, and non-invasive, making it pain-free and convenient. Not to forget, picosecond laser technology holds FDA approval and is backed by countless successful treatment results. In this article, we will lift the veil on Picosecond laser technology, what it is, how it works, and how it has revolutionized the aesthetic world through its effectiveness. 

What Is Picosecond Laser Technology?

As mentioned above, the picosecond laser technology is a non-surgical, non-invasive laser skin treatment that addresses the majority of common skin imperfections, including acne scarring and sun damage that causes spots and stubborn marks. Picosecond technology is regarded as one of the most advanced laser treatments currently available in the market. It delivers noticeable, permanent results in fewer sessions than comparable options, is safe, requires minimal downtime, and can be used across the entire face and body. Cutera Aesthetics offers highly remarkable services of picosecond laser. Contact today to get a free consultation!

How Does Picosecond Laser Work?

Picosecond laser technology allows for the quick, effective, highly selective treatment of pigmented lesions, tattoos (in treatable colors), and acne scars. This laser also enhances elastin production in the skin, resulting in a softer, fuller, more youthful complexion, inducing natural-looking results. The Picosecond laser works by firing laser beams with extremely short pulse durations at your skin, thus the name picosecond laser. Because of its ultra-short pulse duration, picosecond laser pulses allow each shot to deliver more laser energy and ensure that more shots can be fired each second. 

Picosecond laser can be likened to an upgrade of the Q-switched lasers. Q-switched lasers, despite their efficacy, were limited by side effects and problems such as burns, blisters, and hyper-pigmentation, especially in more complex cases requiring higher-powered treatment. Pico laser treatment is ideal for all skin types and skin tones. Thus, it is safer than the majority of laser skin treatments.

As with any cosmetic treatment, the goal is an improvement, not perfection. Although Pico lasers can dramatically reduce acne scarring, they may not be able to erase all scarring entirely if the scars are too deeply rooted. Patients should have realistic expectations and realize that results vary from person to person. With that said, this skin treatment is an effective solution for various skin concerns and not just scars. 

How Is Picosecond Laser Different Than Other Laser Technologies?

A picosecond laser is majorly a pigment laser that can fire a picosecond, or one trillionth of a second, laser beam. These short pulses are able to shatter the pigment ink in your skin, allowing it to lift and be removed by your body’s immune system naturally. Picosecond lasers utilize shorter, precise pulses, meaning that these laser beams are too short-length and do not damage the surrounding tissues and skin of the treatment area.  According to multiple studies and prior treatments, patients were satisfied with the improvement in appearance and texture at their final treatment and follow-up visits after six sessions. Moreover, the results are similar to those for a series of fractional ablative laser treatments. 

Improvement of acne scarring is typically permanent. Anti-aging and rejuvenating effects are long-lasting, but patients’ age at different rates and lifestyles can significantly impact the longevity of picosecond laser treatment results. After the initial treatments, many patients undergo touch-up treatments every six months to maintain results, depending upon their desired results. 

Long-Term Benefits of Picosecond Laser

  • Picosecond laser treatments are highly targeted, meaning there is no risk of additional damage to the surrounding skin or deeper skin layers. For this reason, this laser technology is highly safe and can be applied to any area of the face and body.
  • Picosecond laser treatments demand no downtime. Some short-lived side effects include experiencing redness and swelling, but this should subside within a few hours. Patients can usually go about their routines post-treatment. 
  • Picosecond laser treatments are not painful. You may experience slight, temporary discomfort, but nothing like surgical or invasive treatments. Thus, it is gaining popularity with every passing day as the best alternative to surgical procedures.