Pigmentation on the face is a common skin problem caused by multiple factors. Besides being hereditary, prolonged exposure to the sun and ultraviolet (UV) rays might produce an inflammatory response and trigger melanin production. When the body produces too much melanin, it gets dispersed unevenly, resulting in an uneven skin tone. Dark and discoloured spots may also appear due to acne scarring and changes in our body’s hormone levels, which as a result, will lead to an excessive production of melanin and increased pigmentation.
Discovery PICO is an aesthetic treatment offered by EHA Clinic in Singapore. It is a cosmetic procedure targeted at reducing and removing unwanted skin pigmentations. As the second generation of picosecond lasers, Discovery PICO works by fragmenting the melanin and pigment particles on the skin.
Here are three benefits to using PICO for pigmentation treatment.
Fast and effective laser procedure
The Discovery PICO laser can be used in the removal of benign, pigmented lesions such as age spots, birthmarks, as well as skin rejuvenation applications and acne scarring. Before the treatment starts, your skin will be cleansed and a numbing cream applied if required, and you will be equipped with laser protective goggles.
Believed to be the most innovative medical laser available today in the market, Discovery PICO emits high energy and operates in ultrashort pulses to picoseconds. The high pulses of energy allow the laser to target specific areas of concern without affecting any of the surrounding skin.
Due to its ability to emit dual wavelength, it is able to treat various depth of pigments and lesions across differing skin types. Depending on the severity of the pigmentation, approximately 3 to 6 treatments may be necessary, with the melanin pigment continuing to fade in between each treatment. As it is a fast procedure, it can be performed during ones lunch hour.
Provides a gentler treatment
Discovery PICO uses a process called the photoacoustic effect which breaks down the pigments into tiny dust sized particles. The laser operates with high peak power and the shortest pulse duration. This leads to the laser being on your skin for a shorter time, and increase the efficacy of the treatment results.
It is also an effective treatment for laser tattoo removal and does not use an intensive laser energy to heat up tattoo ink or pigment particles. With minimal heat generated, patients can worry less about any thermal or heat damage. The photoacoustic effect is also beneficial in stimulating collagen production and enhancing skin texture and quality.
Discovery PICO is almost painless
Patients describe the feeling of the laser pulses as a tingling sensation on their skin. The doctor may prescribe a numbing cream to alleviate any slight discomfort experienced during the treatment process. Mild redness can possibly occur post-treatment but it will normally fade within an hour.
PICO for pigmentation is an effective treatment and is approved for use in Singapore’s aesthetic centre. Contact EHA Clinic at 6235 3325 today to enquire about PICO for pigmentation.