Her World Doc Talk Oct: All about Pico Lasers
One of the biggest skin concerns women have is hyperpigmentation. Dr Karen Soh, medical director of Privé Clinic, introduces a new laser treatment that works quickly, that some Asian stars are fans of.
- I’m curious about the “Fan Bingbing laser” and how it differs from other lasers. Is this the best treatment for hyperpigmentation available on the market?
PicoSure offers the perfect solution to a clearer complexion and better skin texture by targeting all types of pigmentation, as well as fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars. Also known as The Celebrity Pico Laser, PicoSure is the very first picosecond laser approved by the FDA. It uses a patented PressureWave™ technology that converts laser energy into gentle pressure resulting in cell signalling and dermal remodelling of the skin. In addition, it also has a unique lens called Focus™ Lens Array that is known to be 20 times more powerful than normal lens. With a combination of these features, PicoSure achieves impressive results with increased levels of collagen, elastin and radiance in patients’ skin.
Nevertheless, the best treatment for a patient is always subjective depending on their individual lifestyle, genetics and needs. At Privé we are well-equipped with 6 different laser machines, of which, 3 (including the Picosure, newest addition to Privé family of laser) are specifically used to target hyperpigmentation. When patients come to us, we may mix and match these laser along with other treatments such as supplements, topical creams or even chemical peels for a unique customized treatment that targets their concerns in the most optimal and effective way.
- I have a small but intricate tattoo on my shoulder which I did many years ago. It’s looking a little worn now and I’d like to have it removed. To what extent can a laser treatment help?
PicoSure is a step up from traditional laser technologies as it uses short bursts of energy to rapidly clear almost all tattoos. Its strength lies in its capability in shattering ink pigments into tiny “dust” particles effectively. These tiny “dust” particles are typically eliminated from the body within four to six weeks after treatment. With Picosure, tattoo removal procedures are more comfortable and fewer sessions are required as compared to traditional tattoo removal lasers. With that said, we always advise patients to arrange for a consultation with us as individual results may vary.
- Besides hyperpigmentation, what other benefits are there to doing a pico laser treatment? Is it cheaper than other forms of laser, and does it work more quickly with less sessions needed?
PicoSure Laser is FDA-cleared for tattoo removal, skin revitalization and removal of pigmented lesion. Aside from hyperpigmentation, PicoSure Focus™ shows promising results for the treatment of acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles and improvement of skin tone and texture. It works by stimulating the production of new collagen and elastic fibres in the epidermis thus resulting in overall skin revitalization and whitening.
There are many types of Pico lasers in the market, however, PicoSure laser has robust scientific evidence to prove its efficacy. While patients may pay a premium price for Picosure, fewer sessions are required to achieve the same results so it works out to be the same. Our Privé Picosure 3 or 6 months program is one where we customise a full treatment course including a combination of treatments to boost results. We carefully tailor a treatment plan for every patient that comes to us, and we can target a variety of skin issues all at the same time so it is both time and cost efficient. Most who have tried it see remarkable improvement with this program and it gives me great satisfaction to know we have made a difference.
- What is the difference between PicoSure, and other types of Pico Laser?
PicoSure’s revolutionary technology is designed to harness the body’s natural healing processes to restore youthful skin in ways never before possible. Using a patented Proprietary Focus™ Lens Array, PicoSure effectively converts the laser energy into gentle pressure waves that activate the body’s natural communication processes to remodel the skin, for healthier, more youthful-looking skin.
PicoSure Focus treatments are 20 times more powerful than other pico lasers, can effectively lighten unwanted pigment and uniquely stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin — achieving impressive results — without the pain or downtime of other laser treatments.
Original article from Her World Oct: HERE
Featuring: Dr Karen Soh
Dr Karen Soh is Prive’s founding medical director with over 10 years of experience in medical aesthetics. Highly passionate with a keen eye for detail, she has built rapport and trust with a growing pool of patients turned friends.