Pico Laser

What is a Pico Laser?

The Pico Laser (or picosecond laser) comes in an ablative and non-ablative mode. 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 pulsesThe pulse duration (how much time 1 laser shot stays on the skin) of a Picosecond Laser is 100x shorter. 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 hyperpigmentation which can sometimes form due to laser procedures.

(pulverization)

How the Pico Laser works

The Pico Laser mainly operates at a 1064nm wavelength. Using a patented Quanta Pico-Boost Technology, Mizu’s choice of Pico Laser can deliver up to 1.8GW of power, making it a powerful laser.

The Picosecond laser breaks down pigmentation into much smaller fragments. This not only enables to skin to clear these fragments faster and easier, it also reduces the number of treatments required.

With the Pico Laser, pigmentations and tattoos can also be cleared much faster (i.e. fewer sessions).

At 1064nm wavelength, the Pico Laser targets pigmentation. Pigmentation under the skin absorbs the laser energy shatters into smaller fragments. These fragmented pigments are then removed by the skin’s immune system.

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prefers to tackle and clear pigmentation conditions within a few sessions of the Pico Laser, and maintain the results with regular sessions of the Q-Switched Laser.

For patients seeking treatment for active acne, the Q-Switched Laser (or Yellow Laser) will still be the laser of choice. This is due to the higher amount of heat generated which kills P.acne bacteria, reduces inflammation, and shrinks oil glands.

Have a discussion with our doctors about your concerns and condition to better understand which laser would be more beneficial for you.

Benefits of a Picosecond Laser

Pigmentation reduction

Acne marks clearance

Brighter and tighter skin due to collagen stimulation

Reduction in fine lines

Faster and more effective removal of tattoos

Process Videos

Watch these videos to help you understand how the pico laser works for removal of tattoos and pigmentation.

discovery pico laser tattoo removal

discovery pico laser pigmentation removal

frequently asked questions

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

You can return to work or daily activities immediately after the laser. You should avoid prolonged / intentional sun exposure for a week post-laser to avoid hyperpigmentation. 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 not a cause for concern as it fades off with time.

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.

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

It is important to apply sunscreen to prevent new pigmentation from forming. Regular maintenance treatments with the Pico Laser or Q-Switched Laser can also benefit some patients.

Which Pico Laser do we use?

Some clinics may offer other lasers as a “Pico Laser” – an example being the Fotona Starwalker. While they may work to varying extents, they are not true picosecond lasers, and are unable to generate the speed as a genuine pico laser. Thus, these lasers may give different results as compared to a genuine picosecond laser.

There are 3 main picosecond Lasers available in Singapore.

1

The Discovery Pico

2

PicoSure

3

PicoWay

At Mizu, we use the Discovery Pico, a second-generation pico laser. It generates the highest peak power and is a powerful dual-wavelength pico laser. This ensures that results are faster and more effective with fewer sessions needed.

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