Is Pico Laser For Me?

FAQ reply by our Medical Director and Senior Laser-trainer, Dr EL Shiau.

Q1 How do I know if PICO lasers are suitable for me?
A: This will depend on your Reason for going for laser treatment. Generally only those with FitzPatrick type 5- 6 ( darker skins) or photo-sensitivities might or would not be suitable.
You would need to see the doctor first to assess your suitability.

Q2: I have uneven skin tone. Will PICO help?
A: if you have pigmentation conditions currently undergoing treatment with Q-switched Nd YAG lasers , PICO is the more powerful version of them, using the exact same wavelength but 100x faster pulse per second, and it combines both selective photothermal and photo mechanical energy to break down pigment molecules.

The following common skin conditions are suitable for PICO lasers :
Age spots
Nevus of OTA
Post inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
Melasma – Epidermal type

Q3: I heard from my friends PICO lasers can treat acne scars?
A: Indeed. The fractional mode of the newer generation of PICO lasers have been programmed to create LIOB or Laser induced Optical Breakdown in the deeper collagen skin laser. This will cause the depressed scars to undergo collagen remodeling so the depths of the scar become more shallow with repeated treatments.
Depending on the quality of the PICO laser the degree of downtime and collagen repairs will vary.

Q4. Is it true that PICO lasers can help in skin rejuvenation?
A: Yes of course. Using the pigment-targeting and collagen-repair functions, quality PICO lasers can certainly rejuvenate the skin by making it fairer and more refined.

Q5: What do you mean by Quality PICO lasers?
A: it’s just like not all mobile phones or PC are the same, PICO lasers also have different qualities. For example, Some lasers are partial PICO, some are sub-PICO, which affects the outcome. Generally PICO lasers with FDA- and CE-certification are better. The really good ones have a lot of research publications in medical journals.

Q6. How do I ensure I get the better results with PICO lasers?
A: Lasers are merely tools, and the results will depend very much on the user, meaning the experience, knowledge and skills of the doctors using them. Look for doctors with many years of laser experience to get better results.

Q7. How long is the recovery time after each session?
A: It will depend on which conditions you are treating. Generally rejuvenation treatment has no or minimal recovery time. But pigments or scars treatment need 1-3 days for recovery.

Q8. I have just tried Rejuran treatment. How long must I wait before doing my PICO laser?
A: Generally we recommend waiting 2 weeks for the skin to settle post-injection.

Q9. Can PICO lasers be combined with other treatments?
A: Certainly. In many parts of the world it is routine to combine with injection after a laser session on the same day.

Q10. Is PICO Laser treatment painful?
A: PICO laser is generally considered a non- or minimally invasive treatment. Most people report finding the treatment more comfortable than conventional Q switched lasers. However you can opt to have anaesthetic cream applied before treatment if you are nervous the first time.

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About Me

Dr Shiau Ee Leng

Founder and Group Medical Director of CSK®️ group of Laser Clinics, Singapore

She was amongst the pioneer batch of doctors to start using non ablative skin lasers for aesthetics in 2000, as well BOTOX, DYSPORT, Restylane & Juvederm fillers when they were first launched in Asia.

Dr Shiau Ee Leng

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