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Picosure Laser vs Picocare Laser

pigmentation, melasma & tattoo removal & asian skin rejuvenation

The Picosure laser was the first of the picosecond laser and the newest innovation in laser technology.   With a speed of 1 trillionth of a second, it works by the photo-acoustic shattering of pigment in your skin. Since the introduction of Picosure some five years ago it has been surpassed by 2nd generation picosecond lasers.  These 2nd generation lasers such as Picocare and Picoplus are more powerful and have more treatment wavelengths. Picosecond lasers are used for laser pigmentation removal,  skin rejuvenation, melasma treatment, ethnic and Asian skin rejuvenation, acne scar treatment and laser tattoo removal.

Picosecond Lasers – PicoCare vs Picosure Laser

Since the Picosure laser, the trend for safer pigmentation treatment and tattoo removal has shifted to picosecond lasers. The picosure was first marketed for tattoo removal. However, it had neither sufficient power or adequate wavelengths to live up to its promises. In comparison, the Picoplus and Picocare were developed in Korea,  both treat at four wavelengths and have higher power than the Picosure. The newer picosecond lasers provide effective treatment of pigmented lesion across a range of skin types as well as Asian skin rejuvenation and tattoo removal.

Picocare vs Picosure For Pigmentation

With shorter pulses of the picosecond lasers, there is photoacoustic breaking down of the pigment. Unlike nanosecond lasers which had a  photothermal effect. With less dermal heating the Picocare and Picosure laser both provide targeted and safer treatment of the pigmentation, especially with people of darker skin types.

Safer more comfortable treatments with Picosure and Picocare

Because it has less heating of surrounding skin, the Picocare and Picosure laser treatments have a lower risk of Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation than older Q switched lasers. The therapy is also more comfortable, and the response is quicker, requiring fewer treatments than nanosecond lasers.

The Picosure has two wavelengths, whereas the Picocare has four 532 nm and 1064 nm to treat superficial and dermal pigmentation with lower energy safely.  Specific toning techniques allow for treatment of melasma keeping the basal membrane intact and preventing deterioration of melasma condition.

Picocare for skin rejuvenation

Picosecond lasers, however, have gained a central place for skin rejuvenation, treatment of acne scars, enlarged pores and fine lines and wrinkles. Picocare & Picosure laser skin rejuvenation is genuinely a no downtime treatment with minimal erythema persisting up to 24 hours. They are especially useful for Asian skin rejuvenation.

Picocare vs Picosure for Tattoo Removal

Picocare has four wavelengths to treat all tattoo colours successfully. See our laser tattoo removal specialists. Whereas Picosure only has two making it less useful for removal of stubborn tattoo ink.

We specialise in laser skin rejuvenation across all skin types from Asian, ethnic and indigenous to fair skin types, as well as across the range of ages the ’20s to 60’s Plus and laser tattoo removal.


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