What is Pico Laser Treatment?

Pico laser is a non-invasive, non-surgical skin resurfacing laser treatment that uses Picosecond laser technology to treat common skin imperfections such as wrinkles, enlarged pores, pigmentation, and acne scarring.

Pico Laser treatment can be used on the face and body, delivering noticeable and permanent results with minimal downtime. Additionally, Pico laser technology can enhance elastin production in the skin, which results in a softer, fuller and more youthful appearance in the skin.

How Does Pico Laser Work?

Pico laser sends ultra-short pulses of laser energy without heat to specific problem areas of the skin on the face or body. Compared to Q-switched nanosecond lasers, pico lasers have a shorter pulse duration of up to 100 times – what this means is each laser shot stays at the skin for a shorter period of time, resulting in:

  • Less photothermal effect
    Photothermal effect refers to an increase of temperature. As the pico laser fires short bursts of concentrated energy, the skin is less exposed to heat, irritation and downtime.
  • Higher photoacoustic effect
    A higher photoacoustic effect means more energy delivered – this means the pico laser can shatter pigments into much smaller and precise fragments.

Despite the highly intense and concentrated pulses of energy, the Pico laser will not damage the outer layer of the skin. Patients who undergo this treatment only experience mild or no discomfort throughout the duration of their treatment.

An added advantage of the Pico laser is that it can also be done in fractional mode, allowing it to be a unique fractional laser with zero heat and minimal invasiveness.

Fractional pico laser can smooth the skin and reverse signs of ageing, and allow for superior penetration of products used after the treatment. Compared to other fractional lasers that involve heat, pico lasers done in the fractional mode have no heat involved and allow for better healing and recovery.

What Can Pico Lasers Treat?

  • Wrinkles
  • Enlarged pores
  • Skin discolouration
  • Sun spots
  • Acne scarring
  • Tattoo removal

What are the different pico lasers?

While all pico lasers use picosecond technology, they are not created equal. Watch Dr Chua’s video featuring 3 popular picolaser machines to learn more about their differences and common misconceptions regarding picolaser.

PicoSure (by CynoSure)

  • First picosecond aesthetic laser with optimal wavelengths (532nm, 755nm and 1064nm)
  • Suitable for treating skin pigmentation and revitalising skin
  • The addition of the Focus™ Lens Array gives it the added benefit of tattoo removal
  • Minimal downtime; side effects include a mild pinkish appearance on the skin after each session

PicoLO (by LaserOptek)

  • Advanced picosecond pulsed laser with two wavelengths (532nm and 1064nm)
  • Designed to treat a variety of skin conditions and concerns, including scar correction, tattoo removal, and encourage skin rejuvenation
  • Large spot-size options allow the practitioner more customised and efficient treatments, minimising discomfort, pain, side effects and overall downtime
  • Comes with 532 Fractional function; patients will notice an immediate brightening effect with no downtime

Fotona Starwalker (by Fotona)

  • Greatest penetration and energy out of all the pico lasers
  • Comes with four wavelength options (532nm, 585nm, 650nm, 1064nm)
  • Useful for severe acne scarring due to its ability to penetrate deeply into skin
  • Depending on which wavelength is used, downtime may vary


Pico laser treatments are not painful. Depending on the type of treatment, there may be some temporary discomfort.

Your skin may look slightly flushed after treatment, but this will subside after 24 to 48 hours. For two weeks, patients are advised to avoid sun exposure, apply SPF regularly and avoid exfoliators.

Adverse effects of Pico laser treatment may include hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, mild erythema and edema. There is also a possibility of scarring and infection. Following proper post-treatment care instructions can greatly reduce these risks.

Pico laser treatment has the benefit of minimal downtime, depending on the original condition of your skin and type of treatment.

This will vary depending on your condition and desired outcome. Our doctor will advise in your best interest. 

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