The Picosecond Laser is a non-ablative laser that is used for reduction of pigmentation, acne scars, skin rejuvenation, skin brightening and tattoo removal.
It has the ability to generate consistently high energy levels even when using large treatment spot sizes such that it can effectively treat pigmentation issues. When the picosecond pulses are delivered, it creates a photoacoustic effect to blast pigment into a ‘dust’ which is subsequently much easier for the body’s immune system to eliminate, resulting in relatively fast and good clearance of pigment issues in the prescribed number of sessions.
The shorter pulse duration also means that the skin heats up less and this reduces the risk of hyper-pigmentation which can sometimes form due to laser procedures.
When the laser light is being absorbed by the pigmented lesions, the light will vibrate, fragmenting the particles into really thin “dust” and breaks up melanin and pigment particles in “picosecond” pulses.
The laser pulses generate a pure photoacoustic effect which targets the pigments without affecting the surrounding tissues. These fragmented pigments are then removed by the skin’s immune system.
Most patients describe the laser feeling like tiny warm pricks on the skin.
A treatment typically takes between 10-20mins, depending on the condition or area/s treated.
Laser-toning for skin rejuvenation and brightening with a picosecond laser generally has no down time. However, the doctor may use more aggressive settings for pigment removal treatment for pigmentation or tattoos. In such situations, it is common to have mild swelling and redness on the skin surrounding the tattoo or pigmented lesions, but this generally subsides after 30-60 minutes. To find out more about whether this laser can treat and improve your skin concerns, any possible side effects and how many treatments we typically recommend, please make an appointment to consult our doctor at Tel: 6732 4981
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