New ‘Next Generation’ Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
The introduction in recent years of fractional laser skin resurfacing has revolutionized the options for non-surgical skin rejuvenation. The pain, down-time and risks associated with the older chemical peels and laser resurfacing procedures kept many people from being treated. Fractional lasers can reduce fine lines and soften wrinkles, improve uneven skin pigmentation, diminish scars, stimulate new collagen and improve both the appearance and the health of aging or sun-damaged skin without surgery or downtime (and using only topical anesthetics). Many different types and brands of fractional resurfacing lasers have been introduced for different applications and we have 6 devices.
The PicoSure laser is the newest and I believe represents a major new step forward for laser skin rejuvenation. It is quite a technological marvel and very unique. Developed originally for removing pigmented lesions in the skin, the PicoSure laser was the world’s first picosecond aesthetic laser. PicoSure uses a unique optical lens array which microscopically concentrates the PicoSure laser pulse to a precise depth, offering a safer and more effective treatment to improve the look and appearance of the skin.
The result of these technological advances is that the fractional PicoSure laser treatments are fast, gentle and according to our patients produce less discomfort and much milder and shorter duration redness than our current Fraxel or IPL type devices. Patients tell us that redness is typically measured in hours or a day or so (rather than weeks). Results seem to begin to appear relatively quickly – which is quite interesting given how much more gentle the treatments are. A series of treatments may be performed and progressive improvement continues for many months. Safety is excellent (it can be used on all skin types) and fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigment and acne scars may be treated. Non-facial areas such as the chest, décolleté, arms, legs, hands may also be treated. Fees are approximately the same as our other current fractional lasers and even those treated previously with other fractional lasers may see further improvement in their skin.
Dr. McDaniel is a consultant and research/teaching site for PicoSure and our center was the first site in Virginia equipped with a PicoSure laser. Please call us to learn more or for a consultation.