Acne scars are irksome and troublesome. They can give a person low self-esteem, especially in this day and age where razor sharp features and baby smooth skin actually have a certain influence over matters such as success at job interviews. There is little wonder, photography apps that can perform facial slimming and airbrush dull or blemished skin to that coveted superstar glow is all the rage right now.
THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
For those who suffer from acne scars, there is a new acne scars resurfacing treatment (not an app, but in real life!) which SKINMAG has discovered.
Picosecond lasers stimulate collagen production, like how other fractional resurfacing lasers also do, such as the CO2 laser, but that’s really where all the similarity ends.
CO2 lasers work by heating water in skin cells, and fractionated CO2 lasers basically vaporize tiny columns of skin, leaving skin surrounding each column intact. The heat causes the skin to regenerate and repair by stimulating collagen, and skin resurfacing occurs over the following months. However, the risks of hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation are also higher because of the amount of heat generated, particularly in the darker asian skin types.
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT
Picosecond lasers are second generation lasers (after nanosecond lasers such as Revlite and Medlite), which hit the skin in super short pulses (a picosecond is a trillionth of a second!), so you can see how the laser can go strong without harming normal skin around where the laser beam hits.
But wait, there is more.
Picosecond lasers use light energy to achieve its treatment effect, as opposed to heat. Because of its much lower risks of side-effects, the fractionated picosecond laser treatment has gathered a lot of interest for acne scars and skin rejuvenation purposes. Because of the way it elicits skin damage (and kickstarts your skin’s natural repair mechanism) using light, improvements in skin pigmentation have also been noted.
SW1’s Pico Smooth treatment uses the Pico Discovery laser and a skin smoothening protocol designed by their doctors at a specific intensity that generates controlled damage at a specific depth beneath the topmost layer of the skin, so as to stimulate collagen and elastic tissue production.
“At a certain intensity, we have noticed improvements in acne scars, pore sizes and even wrinkles”, says Dr Kenneth Lee, who leads the SW1 Clinic together with Dr Low Chai Ling. “At this intensity, the downtime is quite manageable, the redness improves dramatically after about 2 days”.
Sign me up already!