While there are a selection of different laser treatments for various skincare and aesthetic needs, Discovery PICO is the touted as one of the most innovative medical lasers available. Of course, we had to give it a try.
PICO toning helps to brighten skin through lightening stubborn pigmentation. Ultrashort pulses of laser light are absorbed by pigmented lesions, breaking these pigments into tiny particles that are then easily eliminated by the body’s immune system.
The treatment can also treat acne scars, sun spots, age spots, and even remove tattoos.
I had my Discovery PICO treatment done at EHA Clinic by a very cheerful Dr. Elias Tam, and here’s how it went.
It was only when I was lying down on the treatment bed, with numbing cream applied on my face, that I was told “It’ll feel like tiny rubber bands snapping against your skin.”
Uh oh. Please work, numbing cream. Please work.
The bad news: I have an extremely low pain threshold, and needless to say, I wasn’t prepared to get attacked by a bunch of rubber bands.
The good news: It didn’t actually feel like rubber band snaps. At most, I’d describe it as a slight tingling sensation – one that, during my second session, I was even comfortable (and sleepy) enough to doze off to.
Keyword: Supposed to.
The procedure is safe as it works on a specific wavelength to target the pigments selectively, hence erasing skin imperfections while leaving surrounding areas undamaged.
I experienced a little redness on my face after the procedure, but since the treatment area was mainly my cheeks, it wasn’t anything I couldn’t pass off as a natural blush. Score.
Immediately after, my skin looked brighter, even through the post-treatment redness.
There’s nothing that wrong with my complexion to begin with, save for perhaps 2 acne scars and a dark mark on my nose I can’t decide is a newly-grown mole or an unfixable blackhead. Even then, there was noticeable improvement in my skin, so I’d imagine someone with troubled skin would really benefit from this laser treatment.
After the procedure, it’s advised that you should avoid going under the sun or engaging in vigorous activities for some time to prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
I’ll admit: The very active me in a very sunny Singapore wasn’t that abiding by post-treatment to-dos, but, as the nurses at the clinic advised, always protecting your skin with sunscreen helped a bunch.
Facials work mostly on the superficial layers of the skin, while laser treatments go beneath that, penetrating the skin on a much deeper level.
Both have their merits, of course. But the best part about them being different forms of fixing your skin means you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. I, for one, went for my regular facial – complete with the ever-so-oddly satisfying extraction – only a few days before my Discovery PICO treatment, and was reassured that all was good.
Typically, Dr. Tam recommends, it’d require a full 3-6 sessions (ideally monthly) to achieve prominent, lasting results. While I could see an improvement in my skin after each session, I could definitely see that there was more to be done. Pity I only managed to squeeze in two sessions.
Treatment prices begin from $800 onwards. Visit EHA Clinic to find out more.
By Pinky Chng, last updated September 2017
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