Lasers are not just for removing excess and unwanted hair. Today, they are also used for overall skin rejuvenation, such as fading dark spots, softening lines and wrinkles, and improving rough skin texture. Basically, lasers do this by heating the skin and targeting the pigment or causing micro-wounds that induce a healing response.
Laser-based treatments can improve dull skin without cuts, needles, or harsh peels. These are ideal if you’re dealing with brown spots and other types of pigmentation that don’t respond well to topical treatments. Some types of lasers also help stimulate collagen production to improve scars, lines, and other signs of aging.
How lasers work
Lasers use intense rays of light (in certain wavelengths) to target brown spots or scars underneath the skin. The laser light shatters or destroys the pigment or tissue, without affecting the skin around it. The broken-down pigments will then be metabolized by the immune system and naturally removed from the body.
The procedure involves the use of a laser device positioned over the area of concern. This is done in a clinical setting by dermatologists, aesthetic doctors, or trained professionals.
Which type of laser is right for you?
One important thing you should know about lasers is that not all kinds are effective for fading or removing pigmentation. Certain types of laser-based therapies, however, are specifically designed to target unwanted pigments. This is especially true for those with wavelengths that can reach deeper layers of skin tissues.
It is advisable to stay away from at-home lasers that claim to remove spots and wrinkles. These devices don’t use the same technology as the one you’d get from an aesthetic or laser clinic. They also do not have the power of in-office devices and can cause damage to the skin when used incorrectly.
Why choose the PicoCare laser for pigments
At Cutis Medical Laser Clinics, we use the PicoCare 450, which is a picosecond laser device used for treating tattoo and pigmented lesions. It relies on the Nd: YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet) laser system and emits light pulses of four different wavelengths (1064nm, 532nm, 595nm, 660nm).
With a 1064 nm wavelength, PicoCare can penetrate deeper but with less photothermal effects on the skin. The device delivers laser energy into the skin, which the pigment absorbs. The laser then shatters the pigments or ink colors into microscopic particles. The treated pigments are gradually removed over time with the help of the body’s immune system.
PicoCare uses high peak power and shorter pulse durations (one trillionth of a second) to shatter the pigments. These lessen the heat delivered to the skin, which means less damage to surrounding tissues and reduced risk of injury. The shorter bursts of laser energy, furthermore, allow the laser to work efficiently, with fewer sessions required.
Here are the other reasons why PicoCare is worth considering:
- Has the HEXA MLA (Micro Lens Array) handpiece – this is a fractional system device that can replace traditional subcision or aggressive scar treatments. It can help destroy scar tissues and lift indented or depressed scarring.
- Helps stimulate collagen – this laser system helps the body create new collagen. This is beneficial for improving enlarged pores, softening lines and wrinkles, and improving skin tone and texture for overall skin rejuvenation.
- Less discomfort and fewer side effects – there may be some mild discomfort (like a prickling sensation), but a numbing cream may be used to improve patient comfort. You can also expect some minor redness (pinkish skin tone) after the treatment for 4 to 5 days.
- Suitable for all skin types – it is a versatile device that can treat all skin types. It is advisable to consult our aesthetic doctor for further evaluation and to create a treatment plan that suits your skin concerns.
- Can address different skin issues – at our clinic, we use the PicoCare laser for unwanted pigmentation, as well as:
- Epidermal lesions
- Freckles, melasma, café au lait
- Age spots (senile lentigos), solar lentigo (sun spots)
- Seborrheic keratosis
- Acne scars (box, ice pick, rolling, hypertrophic)
- Skin rejuvenation
On average, you need three to five sessions, but this will still depend on your individual profile. You can expect to see improvements in your skin appearance once the healing process is over. The results will continue to improve over the next six months.
Schedule a consultation today
Zap away your unwanted pigmentation with a laser treatment like PicoCare. Contact Cutis Medical Laser Clinics in Singapore today and schedule a consultation with our aesthetic doctor to learn more about PicoCare and find out if it’s right for you.