PicoSure - New Tattoo Removal Laser
The FDA recently approved the PicoSureTM laser, created by Cynosure, Inc., for commercial use in the United States. A breakthrough in laser technology, PicoSure offers remarkably shorter treatment times for the removal of tattoos and brown skin spots. Cynosure plans to release PicoSure into the market in early 2013, making it the first picosecond pulse-duration laser to be commercially available for use in the US. Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank is excited about this announcement and the introduction of a new laser technology that promises to improve the field of laser tattoo removal. Dr. Frank currently uses Cynosure’s MedLite laser in his practice, and has seen remarkable results with this technology over the years. This article is to inform his patients about the exciting release of this innovative technology.
How does PicoSure Work?
PicoSure is a promising technology that offers fewer side effects and faster treatment times than current nanosecond laser technology. The name of the laser refers to its use of picosecond pulse duration. The PicoSure laser is a type of Q-switched laser, which came into use in the medical community in the 1990s. Since that time, small improvements to the technology were made, but no major changes were introduced until the announcement of PicoSure. Q-switched lasers work to remove pigments in the skin by shattering them, rather than heating them as with long-pulse lasers. Previous Q-switched lasers offered nanosecond pulse duration lengths, whereas the PicoSure laser operates at the significantly shorter picosecond pulse duration. The significance of shorter pulse durations is that tattoos and other marks on the skin can be removed in far fewer sessions in comparison to previous lasers. The faster the laser energy can be transferred to the skin, the more effective and efficient the tattoo removal process will be. Tattoos that previously required 10 to 12 sessions with a Cynosure MedLite laser may require only 3 to 5 sessions with Cynosure’s PicoSure laser.
Clinical studies have shown that PicoSure is able to remove tattoos quicker than any other laser currently available. PicoSure is showing a 90% clearance of tattoos after just 3 sessions, which is remarkably faster than older technologies. The promise of fewer adverse side effects, such as scarring, hypopigmentation, and hyperpigmentation, further enhances the appeal of PicoSure. PicoSure is able to remove tattoos of all colors, except red, as well as brown marks on the skin. As with other Q-switched lasers, PicoSure breaks down pigments in the skin so that the body can naturally release the particles from the body, and thereby diminish the appearance of the mark on the skin
It is clear why the medical community has greeted the announcement of PicoSure with such excitement. With fewer side effects and shorter treatment times, laser tattoo removal will soon be easier than ever. Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank is looking forward to learning more about PicoSure as cosmetic dermatologists begin using this technology.