What is Pico Q Switched Laser?
In Australia, sun-damage is extremely common and frequently causes irregular brown pigmentation that may appear unsightly. The Pico Q-switch laser is effective for a wide range of skin pigmentation disorders including sun-freckles. The Pico Q-switch laser can also safely treat many forms of birthmarks ranging from brown to blue-gray in colour. The Pico Q-switch laser has a range of wavelengths that allow safe treatment of all skin types including dark skin. The Pico Q-switch laser may also rejuvenate the skin by improving its colour and texture. Pico lasers are the new generation Q-switch devices that are particularly useful for textural improvement to pores, fine lines and acne scars.
What is the difference between regular Lasers and Q-switch/Pico lasers?
Lasers utilise a single wavelength to deliver the energy to skin targets. The regular targets in skin are pigment, blood and water. Pico Q-switch lasers are a special category of lasers that can deliver energy in extremely short bursts (within several billionths of a second). Pico Q-Switch lasers have an even shorter bust of energy (by 1000x) when compared to Q-switch lasers. As a result this unique property makes it an ideal laser for treating pigment-related conditions such as sun-freckles, birthmarks or tattoos. The ultra-short bursts of energy delivered by the laser disrupts the pigment-containing cells within the skin, leading to fading and clearing of the treated area. The considerable energy delivered by the Pico Q-switch laser can also remodel skin collagen and improve its texture.
Pico Q-switch lasers have the unique feature of creating LIOB (Light Induced Optical Breakdown) which are micro-cavities within the skin. It is this Pico property that makes it especially useful for treating fine lines and acne scars. The laser energy is delivered as an array of highly focused beam spots similar to fractional lasers – but without any damage to the top layer of the skin – making it a low downtime procedure.
What can Pico Q Switch Lasers do for me?
Clears brown-black pigment blemishes
- Sun-freckles and brown spots
- Stubborn melasma
- Birthmarks of various colours including brown, blue, grey and black (eg Cafe-au-lait spots, Nevus of Ota and Hori’s nevus)
- Skin staining from Iron injections, medications and sclerotherapy
- Laser skin toning
- Laser peels
- Fine lines and pores (pico laser best)
- Acne scars (pico laser best)
Tattoo removal (refer to additional info)
- Professional and amateur tattoos
- Gravel tattoos