If acne scars are hurting your self-confidence, you should know about PicoSure®, an FDA-approved treatment to smooth the appearance of scars with no downtime. Everest Urgent Care offers the laser-based scar treatment in Upper Darby and Havertown, Pennsylvania. To find out more about scar treatment, call the practice today or book a consultation online with Xiaobin Li, MD.
Your body’s response to an injury is to build a new layer of skin. When the injury penetrates deeply, your body generates tissue that’s thicker than your skin. This thicker tissue frequently turns into a scar.
New scars appear pink or reddish and turn lighter or darker with time. A sunken scar typically results from inflammation and injury after an acne outbreak or chickenpox. The sunken appearance is created when the inflammation destroys collagen in your skin.
While some scars tend to fade over time, scars that result from acne and chickenpox generally persist without scar treatment.
PicoSure is among a new generation of picosecond lasers to treat scars and more. Unlike damaging lasers of years past, picosecond lasers deliver brief flashes of laser energy. The short duration minimizes the amount of heat applied to your skin, leading to fewer side effects and quick recovery.
PicoSure is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat tattoos and pigmented lesions and has been shown to improve the texture and appearance of scars.
Featuring a unique wavelength of light and special lens, PicoSure uses PressureWave™ technology to convert laser energy into gentle pressure. This, in turn, generates an inflammatory reaction inside your skin.
The process triggers a natural healing response at the cellular level as your skin builds a new network of collagen and elastin to smooth the appearance of scars. Unlike some scar treatments, PicoSure is effective on darker skin tones.
You don’t need to make special preparations before your PicoSure scar treatment at Everest Urgent Care. Your doctor may apply a numbing cream to your scars, and you put on goggles to protect your eyes during your treatment session if your scars are on your face.
The PicoSure device makes a series of rapid clicking sounds as your doctor moves the laser over your scar. The treatment isn’t painful, but some patients say it feels like a rubber band snapping on their skin. Your session usually takes no more than 10-15 minutes.
You can get back to your normal activities immediately after treatment. You may see a bit of redness and swelling for about 1-3 hours following your session.
Dr. Li usually recommends a series of treatments staggered every 3-4 weeks. Your doctor can create a personalized treatment plan for you based on your scars and desired results.
Find out more about scar treatment today by calling Everest Urgent Care or booking a consultation online.