Skin pigmentation, or the darkening of some parts of the skin, is a sign of ageing. As we get older, dark spots begin to appear on our skin, most visibly on the hands and forearms. These spots are primarily caused by the skin’s reaction to constant exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Sometimes, they are also caused by the changes in the body’s hormones. Often, these spots are unsightly, and adds to a withered appearance of the patient.
Discovery PICO is a new cosmetic procedure that treats these visible pigments on the skin. It is the second generation of picosecond lasers, that can effectively fragment the melanin and pigments on the skin, without affecting any of the surrounding tissue. It is widely regarded as one of the highly innovative medical lasers available in the market. Discovery PICO is offered by EHA Clinic in Singapore.
The Discovery PICO procedure is done using a specialised machine that emits the picosecond lasers. Before the treatment starts, the doctor will cleanse your skin, and help you put on laser protective goggles. The laser beam will be directed at the treated area, targetting the pigments in those specific areas and leaving the rest of the body untouched. The high pulses of energy (more than 800 mJ) helps the laser precisely target of big spots and small pigmented particles.
By lowering the pulse duration of the laser to PICO second, the ultra-short time of contact of the laser on the skin (one-tenth of the previous generation lasers), the minimal heat generated allows effective destruction and removal of the pigment with much lesser downtime and reaction. Instead of using heat to fragmentate the pigment, it is now using photo-acoustic effect. This highly effective photo-acoustic effect is also highly useful to stimulate the skin to build more collagen and improve the skin texture and quality.
Unlike previous generations of lasers, Discovery PICO has a shortened time of contact, helping to minimize heat generated and side effects. This is important for residents of Singapore, where the scorching sun can aggravate complications post-laser. With Discovery PICO, you will not need to worry about these complications.
Overall, the procedure is comfortable, painless and does not induce any form of scarring. Patients describe the sensation as a ‘tingling feeling’ Your doctor may prescribe a numbing cream to ease the slight discomfort you might feel during the treatment process. You may also experience some redness, which normally disappears one hour after you leave the clinic.
Discovery PICO can also be used to remove tattoos. Different settings on the machine allows for the removal of different colourrs of ink on the skin. Discovery PICO is regarded as one of the most highly effective tattoo removal lasers in the industry.
Discovery PICO also takes a short amount of time – you can complete the whole procedure within the lunch hour.
Within a few weeks after the treatment is completed, you will notice a change into the pigments, as clear areas will begin to appear in the pigmented lesion (treated area), leaving you with clean, refreshed looking skin.
For effective removal, it may be necessary to undergo a series of treatments. Depending on the type of pigmented lesions and the degree of lesions, this procedure usually takes from 3 to 6 treatments. The melanin pigment continues to fade in between each treatment.
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