Pico Laser in Singapore: What is it and what can it treat?
Lasers are one of the most tools by dermatologists to treat a variety of skin conditions including pigmentation, wrinkles and even to remove tattoos. Laser technology is improving all the time and now we have a wide range of lasers to treat all sorts of conditions.
The pico laser uses the newest laser technology by working in ultra-short picosecond pulses unlike the previous generation of lasers which work in nanosecond pulses. This makes the pico laser gentler on the skin – it reduces downtime and there’s less inflammation after the procedures.
How does the pico laser work?
The pico laser is used to treat pigmentations, acne scars, and even tattoos. The laser works by penetrating deep into the skin and breaks the melanin cells that cause pigmentation. In the case of tattoos, the laser breaks up the ink and separates it into smaller particles. After that, those tiny particles are accumulated by the body and decrease their appearance over time.
The laser procedure promotes collagen production and further helps with scarring and wrinkles.
The high frequency of the laser ensures that you’ll get minimal damage to your skin and maximum comfort.
Are there more different brands of Pico Lasers available in Singapore?
Yes, there are! Most aesthetic clinics like Cambridge Medical Group use brands such as PicoSure, PicoWay, PicoPlus, and PicoCare 450. Make sure that the clinic of your choice is using FDA approved machines so you’re confident in your safety!
What can I treat with PicoLaser?
You can treat a variety of skin conditions including pigmentation, acne scars, and wrinkles and even tattoo removal.
Pico laser in Singapore is a popular choice and very effective in treating pigmentation by destroying the melanin beneath the skin. The best thing about the pico laser is that while being strong in destroying pigmentation, it works so fast that it doesn’t affect any surrounding tissue.
The pico laser is really effective in removing tattoos as well. Because the pico technology uses energy very fast, it makes the tattoo ink particles to vibrate and basically break down without damaging any skin surrounding it.
For acne scars and wrinkles, the laser works by promoting collagen production which fills the wrinkles and scars. It also makes the skin appear tighter.
How many procedures will I need with the PicoLaser?
It all depends on your issue. It usually takes up to 5 sessions for acne scars, 5 to 10 sessions for pigmentation, and for acne scars, it can take up to 10 sessions. Sessions have to be at least a month apart to ensure that your skin has recovered from the last procedure. For some skin issues, such as sunspots, you might need to maintain your laser procedures to ensure your skin remains clear. Maintenance usually consists of 2-3 sessions per year.
What can I expect before the procedure?
First, you’d need a consultation with your dermatologist. He or she would determine how many procedures you need. You’d have to remove any make-up or cream you have before the laser session. In some clinics, you might get a peel first and then your dermatologist will put on numbing cream that will sit on your skin for a few minutes before getting laser treatment.
It’s important to know that in Singapore, only medical professionals can perform pico laser treatment. So if you consider going to a spa or a beauty salon, please reconsider.
What can I expect after the procedure?
The procedure should not be too painful but that depends on each person’s pain tolerance. Most people feel nothing but warmth during the session. Your skin might get slightly red or irritated after but that should disappear in a few hours to a couple of days.
It’s important to know that with a pico laser, you won’t need any downtime. It’s still advisable to avoid direct sun exposure to ensure you don’t get pigmentation.
When can I expect results?
It all depends on the severity of your issue. However you can still see first results a few weeks after your first session. You’ll probably be able to see refined texture, reduced wrinkles and less pigmentation.
For tattoo removals it usually takes up to 6 rounds to see results. It’s important to note that with tattoo removals you can’t expect full removal. In most cases, there’s always some minimal ink remaining.
For acne scars, you can expect full results after 2 or 3 months and you will probably see around 70%-80% improvement in your skin. Of course, the number of sessions will depend on the severity of your scars and the size of the affected area but still, most patients see visible improvements in their scarring.
What’s the cost of the Pico Laser session in Singapore?
The cost for pico laser procedures can vary depending on the number of sessions required, type of tissue being treated and doctor’s fee. It usually ranges from 250$ to 1000$ per procedure.
It’s a costly procedure for sure but only because it’s the latest laser technology and one of the most effective laser treatments out there combined with minimal side effects or almost no downtime.