The Picosure laser (Cynosure) for resurfacing??

What do you think about PicoSure laser? My dermatologist's office says 3 treatments with PicoSure give similar results to Fractionated Co2 without the downtime.

In my opinion, there is a whole truckload more data and experience with a fractionated CO2 in expert hands.  More on CO2. 

The “pico” technology of the Picosure delivers ultra, ultra short pulses of energy and was developed originally to be a better tattoo removal laser.   It hasn’t done that well for that market, and I sometimes wonder if the company is trying it for other things to see if it can create more of a market for it.   My vote would be to wait on this and go for the more tried and true for now. 

See the next question though because the fractionated CO2 lasers can be used very aggressively by some doctors with a higher risk of side effects.  In my opinion, moderate settings give good results without as much risk of other problems. 

Hope this helps,  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

Ask me your skincare question!

Hi, I’m Dr. Irwin. I believe that consumers deserve a medically trained and unbiased skin care advocate.

  • All our content is written and researched by myself.
  • My medical office in Seattle has treated thousands of patients for 15+ years.
  • This site is not affiliated or financially tied to any product, treatment or device.
Ask Me Something
SkinTour Skincare
One of the best investments in your skin is your daily skincare. Why? Because you can prevent many problems with blotchy skin color, lack of glow, texture, some types of acne, and fine lines with good skincare products. You can also correct some of these problems with effective skincare products. Great skincare is often more expensive because quality ingredients are expensive. Some companies spend on research/development which benefits all of us and adds to the cost. Are they worth it? In general - yes! I have handpicked some of what I consider to be the best skin care products, and offer them for sale on SkinTour's shop. This is based on my team and I's testing and research at our clinic. Many of the products are in my own regimen. What could be better than using skin care products a dermatologist uses?!