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I read that Picosure laser works deep under skin surface and produce less heat. I would like to know is Picosure laser a better option for pigmentation treatment compare to other laser (e.g Q-switched laser, fractional laser, etc) ?
And is the cost for Picosure laser more expensive than other laser treatments?
There is no perfect laser for treatment of pigmentation.
PICO refers to the picosecond pulse duration, and it may be of different wavelength.
There are various types of pigmentation and the treatment will defer. It may be just topical cream, oral medication, or light therapy such as laser or IPL.
PICO laser may be:
Many more are coming on the way. There are also various types of fractional lasers, including CO2 and PICO.
To decide on the appropriate treatment, its best that you seek a proper assessment with your doctor.
Picosecond lasers like the Picosure are an upgraded version of their Qswitch counterparts. Based on the science behind them, they are safer and more effective with removing pigmentation.
Fractional lasers are a useful alternative for certain types of pigmentation.
The experience and dedication of the physician behind the laser machine is just as important. Generally the cost for pico lasers are pricier than Qswitch.
Dr Chua Cheng Yu
I fully agree with Dr Chua. Picosecond laser treatments are generally pricier than Q-switched ND-YAG laser treatments.
In addition, Picosecond lasers can be used to treat more stubborn pigment disorders that do not respond well to Q-switched ND-YAG lasers alone.
In clinics that have both Picosecond and Q-switched ND-YAG lasers, doctors can tailor a treatment plan using these two lasers to treat stubborn pigment disorders whilst keeping treatment prices more affordable.
Hope this helps!
Dr Justin Boey