Pico Laser Singapore | Effective Treatment for Pigments, Pores and Scars

Discovery Pico Laser Machine

What is Pico Laser?

Pico Laser is a type of advanced laser technology that is widely used to treat skin problems that arise from aging and sun damage. Acne scars, pigmentations, freckles, melasma, and sun spots are often treated with Pico Lasers.

The term ‘pico’ is derived from its extremely short pulse, measured in picoseconds or 1/1000 of a nanosecond. Pico Lasers generate great energy at different wavelengths, allowing them to target and treat damaged melanocytes at different depths of the skin. It is effective and safe in treating various pigmentation conditions such as melasma and solar lentigo.

Benefits of Pico Laser Treatment

Pico Laser treatment offers several benefits to individuals seeking effective pigmentation removal and skin rejuvenation without downtime. It is essential to consult with a skilled professional who can tailor the treatment to your specific skin concerns and provide the optimal results you desire.

Pigmentation Removal

Pores and Scars Reduction

Brighten Dull Skin Tone

Minimal Discomfort

Single Session for results

Treatment by Medical Doctor

Speedy Results

Pico Lasers are effective at shattering pigments into smaller fragments, allowing the body’s immune system to remove them quickly and easily.

Highly Effective

Pico Lasers selectively target specific pigmented lesions and focus the utilisation of photoacoustic energy to deliver optimal results on the affected area.

Minimal Discomfort

Patients typically experience little discomfort during their treatment, thanks to Pico Laser’s gentleness and non-thermal photomechanical effect on the skin. 

Fewer Treatments

Compared to other laser treatments, Pico Lasers require fewer treatments to deliver results, making it a convenient option for individuals with busy schedules.

Safe for Skin

Pico Lasers in Become Aesthetics Clinic are performed by medical doctors and have been observed to be safe. The overall safety profile is highly favourable.

No Downtime

Pico Lasers have no downtime aside from slight redness that will typically go away in a day or two. Individuals are free to resume their daily activities after the treatment.

How Do Pico Lasers Work?

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The science behind pico laser on skin

The Science Behind Pico Laser Technology

Pico Lasers employ ultra-short picosecond pulses of energy to selectively target pigmented lesions and tattoos. Pico laser also boosts the production of elastin production in the skin resulting in a fuller, softer, radiant, and more youthful skin. Since it is very precise, an optimal photomechanical effect can easily be achieved.

With the use of intense yet heat-free laser beams, the treatment shatters the problem skin pigment or particles, which are then naturally eliminated by the body. This precise and gentle treatment does not burn the skin and typically causes minimal discomfort for patients.

Pico Laser vs Q-Switch Laser

The difference between Pico Lasers and Q-Switched Lasers is the pulse duration, which is the time a laser shot stays on the skin. Q-Switched Laser fires at nanoseconds, while Pico Laser fires at picoseconds.

Unlike traditional nanosecond lasers, the Pico laser produces less photo-thermal effect (less heat on the skin) as more short bursts of concentrated energy are fired each second. This exposes your skin to less irritation and downtime. 

Pico Laser also has a higher photo-acoustic effect (more energy delivered), allowing pigments to shatter into the smallest possible fragments to be easily removed by your body’s immune system. This potentially means you may need fewer treatments to remove stubborn pigmentations. You can read more about the comparison here.

pico laser vs q switched laser

12 Common Skin Conditions That Pico Lasers Treat

Residing in Singapore often exposes our skin to sun damage all year, resulting in various skin conditions such as a decrease in collagen production, skin elasticity, pigmentation and acceleration of skin aging. 

Pico Laser is a versatile treatment and here are some of the common conditions we can treat.

  • Melasma
  • Freckles
  • Sunspots
  • Liver Spots
  • Age Spots (Solar Lentigo)
  • Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
  • Hori’s Nevus
  • Tattoos
  • Acne Scars
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Dull Skin
  • Fine lines & Wrinkles
Skin conditions which pico laser treats

Treating Skin Pigmentations with Pico Laser

Pico Laser is highly effective in treating pigmentation problems such as melasma, freckles, and sunspots. The laser emits short pulses of light that penetrate the skin, targeting the pigmented areas. This helps to break down the excess melanin and lighten the pigmentation. It is suitable for both epidermal and dermal pigmentation, making it a versatile option for treating different types of pigmentation issues.

pico laser for melasma

Melasma occurs when there are patches of discolouration on the face. These discoloured patches are not limited to the face alone, they can also appear in the forearms, neck, and shoulders, especially if you spend a significant amount of time in the sun. 

In other cases, Melasma can also appear as a result of drastic hormonal changes secondary to hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills, and pregnancy.

Fortunately, Pico Laser is considered one of the most effective treatments for pigmentation like Melasma. It works by targeting the discoloured areas directly while ensuring the surrounding skin is not damaged.

Treating Acne Scars with Pico Laser

Pico laser is also an excellent choice for improving acne scars and overall skin texture with no downtime. The laser works by delivering short bursts of energy to the targeted areas, stimulating collagen production and promoting skin rejuvenation.

Pico Laser for Acne Scars

Scars left by acne can be very difficult to eliminate. Often, if these scars are left untreated, they can worsen and become more resistant to treatments, preventing any significant results.

Pico Laser works in two ways when treating acne scars. Firstly, the laser will penetrate the skin and create localised thermal damage areas. From there, the thermal damage, combined with laser energy will help to break up the scar.

Most patients report seeing reduction in the appearance of acne scars after a series of treatments. After several sessions, many patients enjoy improved texture and clearer complexion.

Removing Tattoos with Pico Laser

Pico laser was first introduced for tattoo removal. The laser is extremely effective, especially for black and grey tattoos. It also has a configurable wavelength of 532, 755 and 1064 nanometres, making it the only laser capable of removing multi-coloured tattoos. Best yet, it is designed to minimise scars.

Pico Laser targets the ink particles, shattering them into smaller fragments that are then cleared away by the body’s natural processes. It’ll require fewer sessions compared to traditional laser methods, making it a more efficient and time-saving option for tattoo removal.

Removing tattoos with Pico Laser

While laser tattoo removal is not exactly new, it has never been more effective until now. Before Pico laser treatment was introduced, Q-Switched lasers were considered the gold standard when it comes to tattoo removal. 

Amazingly, Pico Laser has taken the process to the next level. The technology allows the release of a high amount of energy in a short amount of time. The energy then shatters the tattoo ink into smaller pieces.

Pico Laser can address a vast range of tattoo inks with ease. The shorter time frame ensures that any potential for thermal damage to the skin is significantly reduced if not totally eliminated.

Stimulating Collagen with Pico Laser

Pico Laser uses the MicroLens Array (MLA) handpiece that concentrates laser energy to deliver micro-beams in a fractionated pattern to produce micro-injuries under your skin. This triggers natural skin healing and stimulates collagen and elastin production in the skin without damaging skin layers, resulting in minimal downtime and side effects.

Stimulating collagen with pico laser

Pico Laser also help stimulate the growth of collagen in the deeper layers of the dermis. This results in a plumber and more rejuvenated look. It also helps you achieve a fresher and more youthful appearance.

The treatment rejuvenates the skin by using MicroLens Array (MLA) which concentrates laser to produce micro-injuries under your skin. This helps to trigger the natural skin healing process and collagen production with minimal downtime and side effects.

Doing Pico Laser for skin rejuvenation will help stimulate collagen and elastin. This improves skin appearance by reducing acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, achieving a younger-looking skin.

An Overview on Pico Laser Singapore

Treatment Duration

30 Mins

Recommended Session

5 – 10 Sessions
Depending on Individual

Recommended Interval

2 – 4 Weeks

Recovery Time

No Downtime

Treatment Cost

$88 Nett

Who is suitable for Pico Laser?

The treatment is suitable for most people regardless of skin tone and skin type. The Pico Laser treatment is available in all Become Aesthetics Clinics in Singapore to help improve overall skin complexion such as:

  • To reduce the appearance of skin discolouration
  • To remove stubborn pigments, acne marks or tattoos
  • Do not want long downtime and discomfort from traditional laser

Pico Laser is FDA-approved with no adverse side effects reported. This laser treatment is fully customised to your skin concerns such as pigmentation or enlarged pores, the intensity will adjust the intensity accordingly

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Effectiveness of Pico Laser: Clinical Studies

Pico Laser has emerged as an effective treatment option for pigmentation removal and acne scar management. Several clinical studies have been conducted to evaluate the efficacy and here are some key findings from these studies:

Pico Laser for Pigmentation Removal

One study conducted a randomised controlled trial comparing the efficacy of Pico Laser with other treatment options, such as hydroquinone cream, for the treatment of melasma, a common pigmentation disorder.

The study found that Pico Laser treatment resulted in a significant reduction in the Melasma Area and Severity Index (MASI) score, indicating a visible improvement in pigmentation. The study also showed that treatment was as effective as hydroquinone cream in treating melasma.

Another study investigated the use of Pico Laser for the removal of tattoo pigments. The study reported a high clearance rate of tattoo pigments with minimal side effects. The shorter pulse duration of the Pico Laser compared to traditional lasers allows for better targeting of pigments, leading to more successful removal.

Pico Laser for Acne Scar Management

Pico Laser has also shown promising results in the management of acne scars. A clinical study evaluated the effectiveness in improving the appearance of acne scars.

The study found that Pico Laser treatment resulted in a significant reduction in acne scar severity, as assessed by dermatologists and patients. The treatment also led to improvements in skin texture and firmness, making the skin appear smoother and more rejuvenated.

The advantages of Pico Laser for acne scar management include shorter pulse durations and higher pulse repetition rates, which allow for better control of laser energy delivery and precise targeting of scar tissue. The treatment stimulates collagen and elastin production, promoting skin remodelling and improvement of scar appearance.

Pico laser treatment and side effects

What are the Side Effects of Pico Laser?

While it is generally considered safe and effective, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and side effects that may accompany it, such as pain, redness, swelling, small amounts of bleeding, crust formation, blistering, scarring, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and post-inflammatory hypopigmentation.

Despite this, Pico Laser treatments are considered safe for addressing the mentioned skin issues. Our Pico Laser treatments are conducted by medical doctors who have received proper training.

Understanding Pico Laser Machines

It is essential to seek advice from an expert to find out which Pico Laser machine is most suitable for you as each one provides distinct advantages. Safety and effectiveness should always be the top priorities. Discovery Pico Laser and PicoSure Laser are common laser technologies used in the field of dermatology for various skin treatments. However, they differ in certain aspects, making each laser system unique in its features and capabilities.

Discovery Pico Laser

Discovery Pico Laser utilises the principle of picosecond technology to deliver ultra-short pulses of laser energy to the skin. These pulses are of shorter duration than those delivered by traditional lasers, allowing for more precise and efficient treatment.

The Discovery Pico Laser is specially designed to address a wide range of skin concerns, including pigmentation issues, tattoo removal, acne scars, and overall skin rejuvenation. Its versatility makes it a popular choice among dermatologists and aesthetic practitioners.

PicoSure Laser

On the other hand, the PicoSure Laser is also based on picosecond technology but focuses primarily on tattoo removal. It is known for its exceptional ability to target and break down tattoo ink particles into smaller fragments.

This laser system offers faster results compared to traditional laser tattoo removal methods and has been a breakthrough in the field. Moreover, the PicoSure Laser is effective in treating pigmented lesions, such as age spots and freckles, as well as acne scars.

While both the Discovery Pico Laser and PicoSure Laser are based on picosecond technology, they have distinct features and specialised applications. The Discovery Pico Laser offers versatility and can address a wide range of skin concerns, while the PicoSure Laser excels in tattoo removal and pigmented lesion treatment.

Pico Laser MachineDiscovery Pico LaserPicoSure Laser
Laser TypeNd:YagAlexandrite
Pulse Time370-450ps550-750ps
Max. Energy
800/300 mJ200 fixed
Max. Power1.8 GW0.36 GW
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Price of Pico Laser in Singapore

When it comes to addressing skin issues such as pigmentation, tattoos, and acne scars, Pico Laser treatment has gained popularity for its effectiveness and minimal downtime. However, it’s essential to understand the cost of this treatment to make an informed decision.

The cost of Pico Laser treatment in Singapore can vary depending on several factors, including the clinic, the extent of the treatment, and the number of sessions required. On average, the price for Pico Laser treatment ranges from $88 to $800 per session.

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Factors Affecting the Price of Pico Laser

  1. Treatment Area: The size of the treatment area can affect the overall cost. Unlike smaller areas such as the face, larger areas on the body may require more laser shots and time, resulting in a higher price.
  2. Number of Sessions: The number of sessions needed to achieve the desired results can impact the overall cost. Some individuals may require multiple sessions for optimal outcomes.
  3. Additional Services and Aftercare: Some clinics may include additional services such as post-treatment care, consultations, and follow-up appointments in their package, which can contribute to the overall cost.

It’s important to note that the prices mentioned here are average estimates, and it’s always best to consult with a qualified aesthetic doctor for an accurate assessment of your condition and a personalised treatment plan.

Pico Laser Before and After

The outcomes can usually be observed after a few sessions, although the specific results may differ based on factors such as skin type, concerns, and the body’s natural healing ability. Within a few weeks after treatment, one can often notice enhancements in pigmentation, texture, and the overall appearance of the skin.

However, it is not possible to publicly display before and after photos of the treatments due to regulations imposed by the MOH. For further details, please visit our clinics.

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before and after pico treatment at become aesthetics clinic

Choosing The Right Pico Laser Treatment in Singapore

There is limited proof indicating the superiority of one Pico Laser machine over another. The variations lie in the technical specifications aimed at addressing similar concerns. When deciding on the appropriate Pico Laser treatment, you should consider factors that make you feel comfortable with progressing with the procedure. It is crucial to trust the doctor’s expertise and prioritise comprehensive care for the diagnosed condition.

Pico Laser Near Me

When it comes to finding a Pico Laser clinic near you is easy. Become Aesthetics Clinic has 3 clinic locations that are centrally located in Singapore to provide you with Pico Laser treatments conducted by certified medical doctors.

For further details, please visit our clinics at:

  • Novena Royal Square #16-07/08
  • Somerset TripleOne #04-09
  • City Hall Capitol Piazza #B2-29/30/31/32
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location of become aesthetic clinic in singapore for pico treatment

FAQ on Pico Laser in Singapore

Prior to the treatment, numbing cream will be applied on the face for patient comfort. Depending on your skin concerns (pigmentation, enlarged pores or dull skin etc.), our doctors will use different handpieces and settings to treat and perform the treatment. Laser procedure will take 10-15 minutes while the numbing procedure takes up to 30 minutes.

Most patients find Pico Laser tolerable without much discomfort. Numbing cream will be provided to further minimise any discomfort to make the treatment experience comfortable.

Most patients will need 3-5 sessions of Pico Laser at a monthly interval for optimal results. Some patients may see improvements as early as 1-2 weeks. Ultimately, it depends on the severity of your condition like what kind of pigmentation we are treating, how big it is and how fast your body gets rid of the pigment naturally after the treatment. 

Our doctors will assess your skin to advise on the number of laser treatments.

Most skin pigmentation will not return after removal. However, new pigmentation may develop due to sun exposure, ageing or hormonal changes. Good skin care habits and maintenance treatments are recommended to prevent new pigments from forming and to ensure long-lasting results.

Yes, you can combine Pico Laser with injection treatments like Rejuran, Profhilo or Skinboosters to maximise the effects of Pico Laser for the various types of skin concerns you may have. Speak to our doctors to find out how you can customize your treatment plan to achieve your desired result.

Pico lasers can remove various types of unwanted skin pigments. Case in point: brown patches, freckles, and age spots can all be removed using pico laser. During your consultation, expert practitioners can put together a personalised treatment regime that can help you achieve clear, radiant, and rejuvenated skin fast and safely.

After a pico laser treatment session, the area treated might be tender to the touch. As such, it is crucial that you keep the area as clean as possible to avoid any skin irritations. Often, practitioners will also give patients after care instructions to ensure they recover fast.

Some patients report experiencing very minor and minimal side effects. Some of the most common side effects include temporary swelling and redness at the treatment site.

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