What is

Pico Laser?

One step up from the ever-popular Q-Switched Laser, the Discovery Pico Laser (or picosecond laser) comes in an ablative and non-ablative modes. It is used for pigmentation removal, acne scars, skin rejuvenation and brightening, and tattoo removal.

The Pico Laser works in ultrashort picosecond laser pulses, as compared to nanosecond pulses in a Q-Switched Laser.

The pulse duration (how much time 1 laser shot stays on the skin) of a Picosecond Laser is 100x shorter than a Q-Switched Laser. This means more shots can be fired by a Picosecond Laser in the same amount of time.

The shorter pulse duration also means that the skin heats up less. This reduces the risk of hyper-pigmentation which can sometimes form due to laser procedures.


Benefits of Pico Laser?

- Pigmentation reduction (sun spots / melasma / freckles) 

- Reduce acne marks

- Even out skin tone and dull skin

- Effective for removal of tattoos

Is the procedure painful?

This is based on individual’s pain tolerance and location of the pigmented lesion(s). Most patients are able to tolerate the lasers sessions without much discomfort. The laser feels like tiny warm pricks on the skin.

Are there any side effects?

A small portion of patients can experience a pinkish flush or mild itchiness after the laser. This goes away within a few hours.

Are results permanent?

Most pigmentation, like tattoos, will not return after removal. However, due to sun exposure, aging and hormonal changes (mostly in women), new pigmentation can develop.

Is there any downtime?

You are able to resume daily activities immediately after the laser. One should avoid prolonged / intentional sun exposure for a week post-laser to avoid hyper-pigmentation. Creams are sometimes prescribed for this purpose as well.

For certain patients, greying/browning/darkening of the existing pigmentation may be expected before it fades off. This is normal and one shouldn’t worry as it fades off in time.

How many sessions is required?

Depending on condition and the type of pigmentation, number of treatments can vary. A few factors influence the outcome of the treatment; nature of pigmentation, skin type, skin health, hormones, sun exposure, acne, etc.

On average, about 4 – 6 treatments will be required for best results.

Discovery Pico Series




Irene Ang

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