The Pico laser is the fastest laser that treats most skin imperfections, such as age spots, sun spots, melasma, and acne scars. Pico technology offers the most advanced laser treatment that is proven to be faster, safer, and highly effective in selectively destroying skin discolorations and promoting elastin production. Its ultra-high specification can achieve the optimal photomechanical effect – which helps to increase the speed at which the laser shatters tattoo pigments particles. Ultimately, this helps to reduce the number of treatments necessary.
As Pico laser delivers the intense pulses of energy, it is gentle to the outer layer of skin. Patients only feel mild to no discomfort during treatment as Pico does not ablate or burn off the outer layer of skin. This is a quick procedure with minimal discomfort and with minimal downtime. Your skin will be red for the remainder of the day but will be nearly back to normal the next day. You will require three to four treatments about three to four weeks apart. The breakdown of pigment induces collagen production for skin rejuvenation and improvement of acne scars. Pico laser treatments are done within minutes with follow up treatments in at least four-week intervals. Pico lasers have become the new gold standard for treating melasma and pigment. This may be the most powerful laser for pigmentation as a lot more energy can be delivered in very short time intervals where minimal collateral skin damage may occur.
- Safe and highly effective
- Minimal discomfort or pain
- Little or no side effects
- Requires fewer treatments
- Removes skin imperfections
- No injury to surrounding skin
Before and After
How does the DiscoveryPICO work?
When the laser light is being absorbed by the pigmented lesions, the light will vibrate and break the pigment into the smallest particles, in thin “dust” form. As compared to the traditional Q-switch Nanosecond YAG laser, the DiscoveryPICO machine works in ultrashort picosecond pulses which is 100x shorter pulse duration than in nanosecond. The tiny particles will then be easily eliminated by the body immune system.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatment time depends on the size of the tattoo or pigmented lesions and the number of colours (multi-colour tattoo require multiple passes using different laser colours). The majority of treatments are completed within 5 minutes for a small to medium black tattoo to 10-30 minutes for a medium-sized, multi-colour tattoo.
Are there any side effects?
PICO toning by DiscoveryPICO is safe as it works on a specific wavelength to target the pigmentation selectively, leaving the surrounding areas undamaged. After the treatment, the area may turn red and swell. However, it will subside in several hours. The laser machine has an unique feature, whereby the photothermal effect enables collagen rebuilding, making the skin brighter and firmer.
How many session will I need?
The number of treatment sessions required for every patient is different. This is because the number of treatment sessions is dependent on a few factors: skin color and type, size of tattoo, color and density of the tattoo/ pigmented lesions, individual’s health condition. Every tattoo is unique. The number of treatment sessions depends on a number of factors: location, depth, colour, density of the tattoo/ pigments inks, and your skin type. Generally, 5 to 10 treatment sessions, 4-6 weeks apart, are required to see the optimal results. Your doctor will give you a much better evaluation after seeing how the tattoo/pigment responds after the first treatment.
What do I do for aftercare?
We will sometimes see small areas of pin-point bleeding and occasionally small blisters may form. The treated area may itch for several weeks after treatment and your skin may feel dry and flaky. Apply cold air or ice pack to soothe the treated area and antibiotic ointment to avoid possible inflammation. You can use a fragrance-free, perfume-free moisturizer cream on the area. You should also have sunscreen protection on the treated area during the period. It is best recommended to leave your skin without any make-up for a few days. Some ingredients in the cosmetics may clog your pores, and not allowing your skin to breathe or heal properly over time.