Pigmentation lasers, such as the Pico Laser, can effectively remove hyperpigmentation, such as freckles, melasma, and dark spots from your skin. Both superficial and deep pigmentation on the face can be addressed by the innovative Pico Laser technology.
Compared to ordinary Q-switched lasers, the picosecond non-ablative laser works in the ultrashort picosecond domain, breaking pigment into tiny fragments. This allows the immune system to eliminate the tiny molecules of pigment more effectively, reducing the number of treatments necessary.
To lessen the pigmentation, you may need several treatment sessions, depending on your skin condition. Pico Laser also has skin tightening and brightening benefits in addition to pigmentation removal, resulting in an overall naturally radiant look.
What is Pico Laser?
It’s a non-ablative pigment laser that uses ultra-short 450 picosecond laser pulses rather than nanosecond pulses (100 times shorter) in a Q-Switched Nd:Yag Laser, resulting in less photothermal activity (less heat).
A picosecond laser also has a larger photoacoustic impact (more energy), which means it disintegrates pigmentation into smaller particles that are easier for the immune system to eliminate.
How Does Pico Laser Work?
This is achieved by shooting picosecond laser beams:
Less photothermal impact (less heat on the skin) because more brief bursts of focused energy are discharged per second, and your skin is exposed to less irritation and minimal downtime.
Increased photoacoustic effect (greater energy provided) allows pigments to break down into the tiniest possible particles, which your body can quickly eliminate.
Types of Pigmentations
Asians are known for their flawless skin. Your luminous complexion, however, has certain drawbacks: you are more likely to develop pigmentation issues. From blemishes to the dreaded melasma, many women may notice places on their faces where the skin darkens due to exposure to the sun, pollutants, acne scars, and other hormonal changes. This leads to increased melanin production in some areas of the face, resulting in those unsightly dark spots.
Hyperpigmentation is the most frequent problem that affects the majority of people. This broad category could be broken into three subcategories:
Melasma: Melasma is a skin condition that develops dark, discolored areas and is most frequent in women aged 20 to 40. Melasma, often known as the ‘mask of pregnancy,’ is thought to be caused by hormonal changes throughout the reproductive period, such as those caused by birth control or stress.
Sun Spots: Sunspots are sometimes known as solar lentigos, liver spots, or age spots. Sunspots are light to deep brown dots that appear on the skin. UV radiation from the sun is the primary cause of this. UV damage causes an uneven increase in the synthesis of melanin in the epidermis. This means that certain areas of the skin darken while the surrounding skin stays pale, blemishing your otherwise flawless appearance. This is more frequent in those with lighter skin tones.
Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a pigmentation that appears after a bout of skin inflammation, like chemical peels, acne, or eczema. This condition affects individuals with darker skin tones more frequently and manifests as patches of pink, pale, or dark brown skin.
Pico Laser V.S. Conventional Lasers
Many experts in the world of cosmetic treatments concur there’s no such thing as the optimal laser for treating pigmentation issues. There is, though, a much better and more advanced laser treatment.
Q-switched or Nano lasers dominated the industry prior to the introduction of the Pico Laser. Back in the day, these lasers were celebrated for their capacity to eliminate pigmentation. However, they also have their share of drawbacks. These lasers created substantially more heat on the skin since they were exposed to it for a prolonged period. This heat caused severe side effects such as scarring, blistering, discoloration, and, worst of all, it made the skin condition worse rather than better.
Pico Laser shoots the laser beams quickly, causing a photoacoustic shock wave that breaks pigments into small pieces with absolute precision. The shock wave is transmitted at a picosecond, providing the smallest heat output. It can reach the designated target and evaporate so quickly that the heat created is not absorbed by the skin.
Pico Laser for Pigmentation
The harmful sun UV rays could lead to pigmentation problems like melasma, freckles, and sunspots. These undesirable skin issues can influence a person’s self-esteem and confidence. Malaysia’s Pico Laser procedure could be the answer for reducing the appearance of your pigmentation by shattering the pigment areas into fragments eliminated in only a few quick treatment sessions.
In Pico Laser treatments, the pigment absorbs the laser’s energy, heating the pigment molecules (otherwise known as melanin). The molecule particles are broken down by laser energy into smaller particles. Then, your immune system absorbs and eliminates them from your body.
Pico Laser has a much shorter pulse duration; therefore, it can better harness the photomechanical impact by transmitting a huge amount of energy in a quicker time to break pigments, the same as how soundwaves break physically.
That results in superior clinical results every session and allows for lower energy in the Pico Laser, lowering the risk of adverse effects like post-treatment hyperpigmentation.
Price for Laser Pigmentation
Laser Pigmentation cost between RM500 to RM1,000 based on the number of sessions required and the size of the treatment area.
Is Pico Laser painful?
To keep our patients comfortable during the Pico Laser treatment, we can apply numbing cream to the treated area.
What are the side effects of Pico Laser?
If done right, the side effects of Pico Laser are minimal, like slight redness and swelling and mild bruising.
Why is my pigmentation still present after the Pico Laser treatment?
Some pigmentation might be too deep in your skin to be cleared safely and completely despite repeated treatments. Pigment removal also relies on a person’s immune system, as we all have different abilities to remove the pigment post-laser.
Can Pico Laser be used for skin rejuvenation, pores, and scars?
Indeed! Pico Laser has been proven to improve pore size, skin quality, and skin texture.
How many treatments do I need?
Pigmentation problems, like post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, hyperpigmentation due to dark spots, sun damage, freckles, melasma, and different skin discoloration, might need 3-to 4 treatments to remove the blemishes completely. If the pigmentation issues cover a bigger skin area or are severe, you might require more than four procedures.