April 11, 2019
Acne; it’s a common skin concern that plagues teens and adults alike – and it can be especially bad in a climate as humid as Singapore’s. Even when the inflammation clears up, you can be left with ugly scars and dark spots that take months to fade.
January 31, 2023
Acne; it’s a common skin concern that plagues teens and adults alike – and it can be especially bad in a climate as humid as Singapore’s. Even when the inflammation clears up, you can be left with ugly scars and dark spots that take months to fade. Thankfully, multiple aesthetic solutions are on the market to help speed up the healing process.
Here we discover one; Pico lasers can clear acne scars and reduce pore size effectively.
Performed only by a qualified and certified doctor, Picolaser is an FDA-approved picosecond laser treatment that employs a fractional handpiece with a wide range of spot sizes for precision.
The 450-picosecond pulse delivered by Picolaser is an upgrade from older versions; it boasts greater power and shortened pulses, resulting in safer, quicker treatments with less downtime.
In treating acne scars and enlarged pores, the laser penetrates deeper into the skin to deliver pulses that cause tiny globules of air. During recovery, collagen fills up the bubbles and raises indentations caused by the scars. This results in a visibly smoother appearance.
Before your treatment, you’ll need to consult Medical Director Dr Ivan Puah, who will determine if it suits your skin condition. If you’re suffering from stubborn acne marks, pigmentation spots, and some existing acne, Dr Puah recommends the PICO Fractional Laser, which targets problem areas. He stresses that improvements – specifically reduced pore size and acne marks – may be seen after the first treatment. Generally, you’d need a series of sessions for full results to be experienced.
If you’re a newbie to laser facials, you may be concerned about the pain involved. It’s a stinging discomfort akin to an ant bite but nothing too major, thanks to the numbing cream and Dr Puah’s professional hands.
Expect to walk out of the clinic with some red patches, so it’s best to head home to rest for the rest of the day. Your skin may look raw, and you need to amp up the sun protection and hydration. Ensure you’re applying sufficient sunscreen during the day and sheet masks for the next three nights to soothe the skin.
While this laser treatment is suitable for most people, you may feel some itchiness if you have sensitive skin; this typically goes away a day or two post-treatment. Two days later, the redness should completely subside.