Pico laser in Singapore – what conditions can it treat?

Picosecond laser or “Pico laser” is a revolutionary dermatological technology used to treat a wide range of cosmetic problems. While nanosecond pulse durations found in conventional lasers such as Q-switched lasers are measured in billionths of a second, the picosecond laser technology uses pulse durations that are measured in trillionths of a second!

This advanced technology proves to be more effective in breaking down melanin pigments (in skin pigmentations) and tattoo ink particles (in tattoo removal) so the body can easily get rid of debris and eliminate then naturally through the lymphatic system. Pico lasers also stimulate collagen production and greatly effective in improving skin texture and tone. Due to its precision in delivering laser energy, only the target areas are hit and the surrounding tissues remain unaffected.

What conditions can Pico lasers treat?

Hand piece of a picosecond laser for skin pigmentation and tattoo removal treatments

Acne scars

Acne breakouts can be a double punishment as they can leave acne scars that remain conspicuous even when the acne has healed. Acne scars can develop depending on skin collagen production during the healing process. When there is not enough collagen, acne scars can look depressed and deeply pitted while overproduction of collagen causes raised and hyperpigmented scars. Pico lasers have been shown to effectively decrease acne scarring in many patients worldwide.

With its ultra-short and ultra-precise pulses, Pico lasers are able to reach the deeper layers of the skin to induce collagen and elastin production and repair the scars left by acne, without causing damage to the surrounding tissues. Clinical studies have shown improvement in 94% of treated areas and patients were highly satisfied with the significant reduction of their acne scars.

Pigmentation removal

One of the main selling points of pico laser in Singapore is its efficiency in clearing the most common skin pigmentation problems such as melasma, solar lentigo, freckles, age spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and Hori’s Naevus. While they may vary in causes and risk factors, these skin pigmentation problems result from the over-production of melanin (the natural pigment in the human skin) and concentrate in certain areas of the skin, hence the dark and pigmented appearance.

Because pico lasers are ultrafast lasers, they are great for targeting melanin pigments in the skin because the laser energy from the picosecond laser is precisely calibrated to deliver the right amount of energy to breakdown the melanin into tiny particles and exit the body naturally while keeping the surrounding tissue untouched and undamaged.

Tattoo removal

laser tattoo removal procedure using pico laser

With ultra-short pulses, Pico laser can effectively shatter tattoo ink while leaving the outer layer of the skin intact. While traditional lasers have limitations in removing some tattoos colours, Pico laser can treat a wide range of tattoo colours and can be safely used for almost all skin types and colours.

Depending on the size, colour of tattoo and patient’s skin type, pico laser can significantly lighten and remove unwanted tattoos in varying numbers of sessions (can vary from patient to patient). In fact, pico laser is being widely used by most aesthetics clinics in Singapore today and although not entirely officially recognized as the gold standard in tattoo removal, pico laser is one of the front runners in Singapore tattoo removal scene.

Fight signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines

The signs of ageing are inevitable – no one can deny that. However, just because ageing and its effects on our skin cannot be stopped, doesn’t mean you cannot do anything to make yourself look younger than you actually are. In Singapore, one of the leading reasons for patients undergoing aesthetic treatments is for the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines. These visible signs of ageing are caused by collagen loss and weakening of elastin in the skin layers.

This is where pico lasers come in. As mentioned, the ultra-short pulses of pico lasers can reach the deeper skin layers to stimulate collagen growth as well as the strengthening of elastin’s integrity. This results in a more rejuvenated skin making it appear tighter and more radiant and glowing like the days of your youth.

Why choose pico laser?

Short answer: Pico lasers are certified safe, highly effective, virtually painless and have zero to minimal downtime and yields satisfying and lasting results.

Picosecond lasers are FDA-approved and are certified safe. Because of its ability to avoid damage to the surrounding skin by delivering precise pulses of laser energy into the target area, pico lasers have less and zero to minimal downtime and a lesser chance of developing side-effects like blisters and swelling compared to conventional Q-switched lasers.

During pico laser treatments, you can expect minimal discomfort and some heating sensation may be expected especially when the laser hits the target areas. Don’t worry because your doctor will make sure that the discomfort is managed by applying numbing cream and other available methods to help you be as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure. A pico laser treatment session is quick and can be done under an hour depending on the size and severity of the treatment area.

Where to get the best pico laser treatment in Singapore?

One of the leading aesthetic clinics that offer pico laser technology is Cambridge Medical Group which offers two of the newest pico laser treatments. One is the Pico Laser + HEXA MLA Acne Scar treatment that fuses the power of pico laser and HEXA MLA that allows the laser energy to be focused up to 15 times resulting in more effective treatment. The other is the Picocare 450 Pico Laser Pigmentation Removal that can effectively treat the most common types of skin pigmentation problems that most Singaporeans have.

When looking for aesthetic clinics for your pico laser treatment in Singapore, bear in mind that only qualified doctors are allowed to administer laser treatments. Rightly so, Cambridge Medical Group is led by Dr Lee Mun Heng, a certified cosmetic doctor that has extensive experience on pico laser as well as various aesthetic treatments. You can book an appointment at Cambridge Medical to achieve your beauty goals and be more confident in your skin by visiting them on location at 91B Orchard Road, #08-05A1, Tower B, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238874 or by phone +65 6733 0777.

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