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Pico Laser Pigmentation in Singapore

Achieve Clearer Skin with FDA-approved Pico laser for pigmentation.

Pico laser uses ultrashort pulses to break down your pigments into smaller particles.

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Picolaser pigmentation removal

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What is a pico laser?

Pico laser pigmentation treatment represents a significant advancement in the field of dermatology and aesthetic medicine. Utilizing ultra-short picosecond laser pulses, this cutting-edge technology offers a highly effective solution for a range of pigmentation issues, including freckles, sun spots, birthmarks, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.



Hyperpigmentation is a term used to describe darkened skin tone. There are several distinct types of hyperpigmentation that causes different types of skin discolouration and uneven skin tone. While not harmless, hyperpigmentation may cause you to feel self-conscious. With extensive experience in treating skin of colour, Dr. Ng aims to lighten your hyperpigmentation, promote healing, slow the progression of dark patches and enhance your confidence.

What Can Pico Laser Treat?

Pico laser pigmentation removal is  safe and effective in treating a wide range of pigmentation conditions. These include common sun-induced freckles and solar lentigenes (sun spots). It has also been found to be effective in treating pigmented birthmarks such as Naevus of Ota and Cafe au lait macules (CALM). In addition, deep dermal lesions such as Hori’s Naevus have been found to respond positively to pico laser treatments. Pico laser treatments are also used in Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) resulting most commonly from acne.

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Sunspots (Lentigo)
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Hori's Nevus
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Nevus of Ota
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Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
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How does pico laser work?

Pico laser technology is an advanced dermatological tool used to treat pigmentation issues by delivering ultra-short pulses of laser energy to the skin. Here’s a detailed explanation of how it works:

1. Ultrashort Laser Pulses

Pico lasers operate on the principle of picosecond (one trillionth of a second) pulse durations. These extremely short bursts of energy enable the laser to deliver a concentrated amount of power to the targeted pigment without causing significant thermal damage to the surrounding tissue.

2. Targeted Pigment Disruption

The laser’s energy specifically targets melanin, the pigment responsible for dark spots and other types of hyperpigmentation. When the laser pulses hit the melanin, they cause the pigment particles to shatter into tiny fragments. This process is known as photomechanical or photoacoustic effect.

3. Natural Clearance

Once the pigment particles are broken down into smaller fragments, the body’s natural processes take over. The immune system’s macrophages (a type of white blood cell) engulf and remove these tiny pigment particles from the skin. Over time, this results in the gradual lightening and elimination of pigmented lesions.

4. Minimal Thermal Damage

Because pico lasers use extremely short pulses, they generate less heat compared to traditional lasers. This minimizes the risk of thermal damage to the surrounding skin tissues, reducing the likelihood of side effects such as redness, swelling, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

5. Versatile Application

Pico lasers are highly versatile and can be used on various types of pigmentation, including:

  • Sunspots and Age Spots: Caused by prolonged sun exposure.
  • Freckles: Small, concentrated areas of pigmentation.
  • Melasma: Often hormone-induced pigmentation.
  • Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: Dark spots resulting from acne or other skin injuries.
  • Tattoo Removal: Breaking down tattoo ink particles.

6. Effective on Different Skin Types

Pico lasers are suitable for a wide range of skin types and tones. Their precision allows for effective treatment without significantly increasing the risk of hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) or hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), which can be concerns with other laser treatments.

What are the benefits of pico laser?

Pico laser pigmentation treatment is a cutting-edge dermatological procedure designed to address various skin pigmentation issues with precision and efficacy. Utilizing picosecond laser technology, this advanced treatment offers significant advantages over traditional laser therapies by delivering ultra-short pulses of energy to the targeted areas.

Key Benefits and Features:

  1. Precision and Efficacy: Pico laser technology allows for highly targeted treatment of pigmented lesions, including sunspots, freckles, melasma, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The ultra-short pulses break down the pigment into tiny particles, which the body can naturally eliminate.

  2. Minimal Discomfort and Downtime: The picosecond pulses produce less heat compared to traditional lasers, reducing the risk of thermal damage to surrounding tissues. This results in minimal discomfort during the procedure and shorter recovery times, allowing patients to resume their daily activities quickly.

  3. Versatility: Pico lasers are effective on various skin types and tones, making them a versatile option for a wide range of patients. They can also be used to treat tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation, improving overall skin texture and tone.

  4. Fewer Sessions Required: Due to the high precision and efficacy of pico laser treatment, patients often require fewer sessions to achieve their desired results. This makes it a cost-effective and time-efficient option for individuals seeking skin improvement.

How is the pico laser procedure done?

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  1. Consultation: A thorough skin assessment is conducted to determine if the patient is a suitable candidate for pico laser treatment.
  2. Preparation: The treatment area is cleansed, and a topical anesthetic may be applied to minimize discomfort.
  3. Laser Treatment: The pico laser is directed at the pigmentation, delivering precise pulses of energy.
  4. Post-Treatment Care: Patients may experience mild redness or swelling, which typically subsides within a few hours to a couple of days. Sun protection and post-treatment skincare are crucial to prevent further pigmentation and promote healing.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pico Laser

The pico laser’s ability to reach its target beneath the skin without overheating, while leaving the upper skin layer intact is advantageous. The delivery of ultra fast pulses with the pico laser pigmentation laser means that recovery is quick for most cases. Generally, most scabs fall off within a week.

The PICO Laser pigmentation removal treatment is suitable for most individuals who are in generally good health with reasonable expectations of the benefits of the procedure. 

PICO laser treatments, like any other medical procedures, has a few contraindications. Please let the doctor know if you have a medical history of the following conditions:

  • Active skin inflammation or infection
  • Open skin wounds
  • Herpes infection
  • Active Acne
  • Hypersensitivity or seizures to flashing lights
  • Medications that increases light sensitivity.

Most treatments are tolerated well. A tingling sensation is commonly felt. We use numbing cream prior to your treatment to maximise comfort and experience.

Depending on the type of condition treated, you may notice early results after your first treatment session.

A gentle cleanser and moisturizers are advisable to keep your skin clean and hydrated. You may be prescribed a topical antibiotic to minimize the risk of infections. Stay away from direct and prolonged sunlight, and protect yourself by using a sunscreen (SPF 50 and PA+++).

Avoid exfoliants, AHA/BHA and retinoids for at least one week after your procedure to avoid unwanted skin irritation.

The number of treatments required can vary depending on the type and extent of pigmentation, as well as individual skin response. Most patients see significant improvement after 2-4 sessions, spaced several weeks apart. Dr Ng will provide a personalized treatment plan during your consultation.

Dr Moses Ng dermatologist

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A thorough consultation to assess each patient's unique needs is vital, this ensurres personalized treatment plans that deliver optimal results. By choosing pico laser pigmentation treatment, patients can expect a safe, effective, and advanced solution for achieving their desired skin appearance.

Schedule a consultation for Pico laser pigmentation removal in singapore

Pico laser pigmentation treatment is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive option for addressing a variety of pigmentation concerns. With its advanced technology and precision, it offers patients noticeable improvements in skin clarity and overall appearance with minimal discomfort and downtime. For best results, consult with a qualified and experienced doctor to determine if pico laser treatment is right for you.

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