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In this article, we take a look at some of the frequently asked questions about picosecond laser that has been used since 2012 in the unwanted clearing of skin pigmentation and tattoos.

What is a pico fractional laser?

The pico fractional laser is a laser device that is widely used in the medical field. It uses short pulse durations to target both artificial and natural pigmentation or ink particles, maybe tattoos. How it is used however depends on the wavelength needed to clear pigmentation. Examples of the wavelengths include neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet crystal (532 nm or 1064 nm) or the Alexandrite crystal (755 nm)

How does the picosecond laser work?

The device uses a pulse duration of less than 1 nanosecond. This makes photoacoustic damage (or in a simpler term, pulses of light that can be measured by changes in pressure) rather than photothermal damage of the ink particles or pigment. The result of the process described above is an effective clearance of the abnormal pigment while photothermal damage of the surrounding tissue is minimized.

Who can use the picosecond laser?

Anyone who has an ink particle or pigment on their skin can use it. In recent times, many have regretted the tattoos they once were crazy about. If you are one who would like to get that tattoo off your skin, then this treatment is for you as well. Since it can also be used to rejuvenate the skin, someone who wants to get rid of stubborn wrinkles and acne can also go for pico fractional laser treatments.

How safe is picosecond laser (any side effects)?

Well, the only two side effects are markings that may be made on the skin, especially if the laser was used to treat a more conspicuous part of the body like the face.  However, it is just a small mark or scar that may not really be obvious from afar. If you are suffering from any skin condition, you might be exposed to some skin pigmentation disorders.

Is the pico fractional laser painful?

The Pain is very minimal as compared to other skin procedure that aims to do the same job. Many have described it as a rather pulsing sensation instead of pain. You might feel a little bit of discomfort, but it is by no means painful. It also boasts the best recovery time.

What are the contraindications to picosecond lasers?

As with other laser devices, picosecond lasers are relatively contraindicated in patients with darker skin tones. This is because they are more prone to the side effects of laser treatment.


Everyone has their doubts as per any type of treatment. And it is also your right to ask questions regarding any form of treatment you may be considering. We hope that a consideration of the above discussed frequently asked questions on pico fractional laser treatment has cleared some of your doubts and it has answered some questions that may be bothering you. Since not all questions can be treated, be sure to ask your Dermatologist more questions as they come to mind.

Frequently Asked Questions about Pico Fractional Laser Treatment