Picosure is an incredibly powerful technology. It uses intense ultra-short pulses of energy to treat old acne scars.  The energy from this device is precisely delivered through the epidermis and is absorbed by the underlying fibroblasts of the dermis; these are the cells which produce collagen. When these cells absorb this energy, they remodel the collagen matrix of the old acne scar.

Who is Picosure laser good for?

If you have old acne scars, this may be ideal for you. Every acne scar is different – we must see and feel the scar to see if this technology would be expected to work for you.  Be aware that we may combine picosure with other modalities (e.g. subcision , platelet rich plasma therapy) to optimally treat your acne scars.

What are the advantages of Picosure as compared to other laser acne scar treatments?

Because the laser does not “cut” the skin, there is no downtime (unlike resurfacing laser, for example). It is not very painful (most patients don’t need numbing cream or anesthesia, in fact.  All skin types – from fair to very dark and even tanned skin can have this procedure safely performed.

What are the disadvantages of Picosure as compared to other laser acne scar treatments?

This is a very operator-dependant procedure.  The best results only come from a very experienced laser therapist (we have performed hundreds of these procedures). Multiple sessions may be required (these are usually spaced a month or so apart…).

What can I expect during treatment?

The procedure takes about half an hour (the exact time depends on the extent and depth of the scars that are being treated). There is mild discomfort and we use full eye protection.

When will I see results?

Collagen growth / scar remodelling takes a minimum of four to six weeks.

How many treatments will I need?

On average, three to four sessions are required.

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