$88 Picolaser vs $680 PicoSure Laser Singapore- Ultimate guide to getting a Picolaser treatment in Singapore, all you need to know, latest clinic prices [updated 2024]
Part A: All you need to know about PicoLasers
- What are PicoLasers
- Clinical studies and scientific data
- Wavelength (absorption, depth of penetration)
- Focus lens array/LIOB/fractional
Picolaser is short for “picosecond laser”, which refers to pigment lasers which fire an extremely quick burst of light measured in trillionths of a second. This small and intense burst of energy allows the targeting of microscopic pigment particles in the skin- melanin (skin pigment), hemoglobin (blood pigment) or tattoo ink, while sparing the normal skin- known as selective photothermolysis. The target pigment rapidly heats up and shatters into fine particles which are then cleared by the scavenger cells of the skin. Using special settings, picolasers can generate areas of Light Induced Optical Breakdown (LIOBs) in the skin- numerous microscopic controlled wounds that stimulates skin regeneration. The end result is removal of unwanted skin pigmentation and skin rejuvenation.
Picolasers have been extensively studied with numerous publications to support their effectiveness. As of 2024, the effectiveness of PicoSure 755nm Alexandrite picosecond laser is supported by 82 publications in peer reviewed medical and scientific journals- making it the most scientifically supported picosecond laser in the world.
Picosecond lasers operate at the 532nm, 755nm or 1064nm wavelength. PicoSure is the ONLY picosecond laser in the world to operate at the 755nm wavelength. All other picosecond lasers operate at the 532nm/1064nm wavelength. 755nm wavelength is considered the OPTIMAL wavelength for the treatment of pigmentation- melanin is targeted 50 times more than blood (see Figure 7). This results in more efficient clearance of pigmentation, with results in fewer laser sessions, and less redness and bleeding after laser treatment (Figure 8).
PicoSure’s Focus lens treatment uses a patented diffractive lens to concentrate laser energy up to 20 times- the intense laser energy produces Laser Induced Optical Breakdown (LIOBs) of the skin, creating microscopic areas that attract new skin cells and trigger an intense skin renewal process (proven by skin biopsy). This allows for the resurfacing of acne scars, fine lines and open pores. (Figure 4,5,6)
Figure 1- PicoSure 755nm Alexandrite picosecond laser
Figure 2- PicoSure (755nm Alexandrite picosecond laser) in action
Figure 3- PicoSure mode of action on skin pigmentation- this removes unwanted pigmentation or tattoos
Figure 4- PicoSure Focus Lens treatment concentrates laser energy over 20 times to generate Laser Induced Optical Breakdown (LIOBs) in the skin and trigger skin renewal and revitalization
Figure 5- PicoSure Focus Lens treatment concentrates laser energy over 20 times to generate Laser Induced Optical Breakdown (LIOBs) in the skin and trigger skin renewal and revitalization
Figure 6- Skin biopsies after PicoSure Focus lens treatment showing areas of LIOBs and new collagen deposition
Figure 7- PicoSure’s 755nm wavelength sets it apart from all other picosecond lasers operating at the 532nm/1064nm wavelength- 755nm wavelength is OPTIMAL for the treatment of pigmentation, targeting pigmentation 50X more than blood vessels- this means faster clearance of pigmentation with less redness and bleeding after a PicoSure laser treatment as compared to the 532nm/1064nm picosecond laser treatment
Figure 8- PicoSure’s 755nm wavelength sets it apart from all other picosecond lasers operating at the 532nm/1064nm wavelength- 755nm wavelength is OPTIMAL for the treatment of pigmentation, targeting pigmentation 50X more than blood vessels- this means faster clearance of pigmentation with less redness and bleeding after a PicoSure laser treatment as compared to the 532nm/1064nm picosecond laser treatment. In this publication, the authors concluded that the 755nm wavelength picosecond laser had the less post treatment redness and bleeding compared to the 532/1064nm wavelength. (Emil Tanghetti: A Comparative Study With a 755nmPicosecond Alexandrite Laser With a Diffractive Lens Array and a 532 nm/1,064nm Nd:YAG With a Holographic Optic (Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 2018)
Part B: Why choose PicoSure?
Prices of PicoLaser vs Prices of PicoSure
Prices of picolasers range from $150-250 per session, with mass market oriented clinics offering $88 first time trials to attract new clients.
Prices of PicoSure treatments range from $400-800 per session- it is unusual for a clinic to price the treatment less than $400 per session.
The main reason for this would be the high cost of the PicoSure device- this US FDA approved device is developed and manufactured by CynoSure USA, as compared to most other picolasers which are developed and manufactured in Korea.
In addition, PicoSure’s patented Focus treatment utilises a Focus Lens that has a limited quantity of shots and needs to be replenished- adding a cost to the clinic to every treatment.
Who’s using PicoSure?
The clinics and medical centers using PicoSure are academic centers such as Singapore’s National Skin Center or doctor run medical clinics that are results driven and hence are willing to invest in a device backed by clinical studies, even if the costs are much higher. Unlike businessmen owned clinics that adopt a “mass market, high volume” strategy with the cheaper Korean made PicoLasers, it is not commercially viable with the costly PicoSure laser.
Who’s getting PicoSure treatments?
Discerning and well researched clients who are willing to pay more for quality treatments in a reputable clinic. Ultimately, the value proposition of PicoSure is that of a clinically proven treatment with faster results and less downtime.
Figure 9- Bespoke treatments plans, tranquil environment, accessible location and attentive service, utilising US FDA approved PicoSure laser at Bay Aesthetic Clinic
Part C: Why choose PicoSure at Bay Aesthetics Clinic?
At Bay Aesthetics Clinic- every patient undergoes a detailed assessment and skin analysis using the Lifeviz 3D camera An individualised treatment plan encompassing lifestyle changes, skincare adjustments, prescription medication and laser treatments will be recommended after a detailed assessment. PicoSure is the primary laser used to target pigmentation and tattoo removal- Sciton BBL HERO and MOXI Laser are also utilised as part of the laser treatment protocol- BBL HERO targets unwanted redness, blood vessels, fine pigments and tightens skin, while MOXI Laser works well for fine lines, pores, acne scars and melasma. At Bay Aesthetic Clinic- patients receive tailored treatment plans backed by clinical studies, using next generation US FDA approved lasers, to maximise patient outcomes and safety. Open daily and located a short walk from Downtown and Raffles Place MRT- patients working in the CBD often utilise their lunch break for laser treatment, conserving their precious free time on weekends.
PicoSure treatments at Bay Aesthetics Clinic includes: doctor’s consultation, photography and skin analysis, topical anaesthetic, PicoSure treatment (includes Focus Lens treatment), Dermalux LED therapy (15min)
Price of PicoSure treatment
$380 – first time clients
$680- ala carte
$1980 for package of 4 sessions
$3800 for package of 8 sessions