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    Everything to Know About The Pico Laser Treatment

    Posted on December 8, 2023
    by Beacon Derm

    The Pico Laser treatment is an innovative, safe, and effective new advancement in laser technology and dermatology, eliminating or reducing the appearance of some of your most common skin concerns. Beacon Dermatology are experts in skin and the best laser treatments for it - meaning we understand this technology fully and can give you the latest treatments for total rejuvenation.

    What is Pico Laser Treatment?

    The Pico Laser treatment is a procedure utilizing state-of-the-art laser technology to treat brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage, along with stimulating collagen and elastin production. This is a great treatment for busy professionals or patients who do not have time to take off to heal. A Certified Laser Technician performs the Pico Facial at the Beacon Dermatology Clinic. For optimal results, a series of treatments are required.

    The Pico Laser’s precision and effectiveness mean it is a significant dermatological advancement in the field and is making it an extremely popular procedure to seek out, especially due to its safeness, minimal healing time, and beautiful results.

    How Pico Laser Treatment Works

    The PicoSure Laser is a unique laser that can be used for a variety of treatments such as tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation. This laser has been shown to have similar results to more invasive laser procedures without downtime. The treatment feels like tiny elastics snapping on the skin and does not require numbing.

    The technology behind the Pico Laser involves picosecond pulses that deliver light, which breaks up skin cells to promote collagen production and treat skin concerns, penetrating beneath the visible layer for longer-lasting results.

    Benefits of Pico Laser Treatment

    Faster Results

    Pico Laser Treatment delivers faster and more noticeable results than traditional laser treatments. It can significantly reduce the appearance of skin imperfections in a shorter time.

    Minimal Discomfort

    Patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. Pico Lasers are designed to be gentle on the skin, causing less pain and reducing the need for anesthesia.

    Reduced Downtime

    Unlike some other treatments, Pico Laser Treatment typically has minimal downtime. Patients can often resume their daily activities immediately after the procedure, making it convenient for busy lifestyles.

    Safe for All Skin Types

    Pico Lasers are suitable for all skin types, including darker skin tones, without the risk of hyperpigmentation or scarring. This inclusivity makes it accessible to a broader patient demographic.

    Stimulates Collagen Production

    Pico Laser Treatment addresses existing skin issues and stimulates collagen production. This promotes skin elasticity and a more youthful appearance over time.

    Improved Skin Texture and Tone

    The treatment helps to improve skin texture, making it smoother, and evens out skin tone, providing a more youthful and vibrant appearance.


    Pico Laser Treatment is a non-invasive procedure, which means there are no incisions or surgery involved, reducing the risk of complications.

    Common Skin Issues Treated with Pico Laser

    Pico Laser can effectively treat a variety of skin issues, including hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture concerns, tattoos, dullness, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, stretch marks, rosacea, melasma, age spots, and scarring.

    Acne Scars

    Pico Lasers can effectively target and reduce the appearance of both shallow and deep acne scars, leaving smoother, more even skin.


    Pico Laser treatments can brighten and even out areas of hyperpigmentation, such as sun spots, age spots, and melasma.

    Fine Lines and Wrinkles

    The precision of the Pico Laser stimulates collagen production, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a more youthful complexion.

    Skin Texture Irregularities

    The Pico Laser can improve overall skin texture by minimizing irregularities like rough patches or uneven skin tone.

    Tattoo Removal

    The Pico Laser is highly effective at breaking down tattoo ink particles, making it an excellent choice for tattoo removal. It can target a wide range of ink colors to get rid of that tat from years ago that you might be regretting now.

    Skin Rejuvenation

    The Pico Laser stimulates collagen and elastin production, which can rejuvenate the skin, making it appear firmer and more youthful.

    Enlarged Pores

    Pico Laser treatments can help reduce the size of enlarged pores, leading to smoother, clearer skin.

    Uneven Skin Tone

    Pico Lasers can target areas of uneven skin tone caused by sun damage or other factors, helping to create a more uniform complexion.

    Freckles and Birthmarks

    Freckles and certain types of birthmarks can be lightened or removed with Pico Laser Treatment.

    Stretch Marks

    Pico Lasers can improve the appearance of stretch marks by stimulating collagen production and reducing redness or discoloration.


    Pico Lasers can help alleviate the redness associated with rosacea, providing relief for individuals with this skin condition.


    Pico Lasers can improve the appearance of various types of scars, including surgical scars and scars from accidents or injuries.


    Pico Lasers can target and reduce melasma, a common skin condition characterized by brown or gray-brown patches on the face.

    Lentigines (Liver Spots)

    These dark spots, often caused by sun exposure, can be lightened or eliminated with Pico Laser Treatment.

    What to Expect During a Pico Laser Session

    First, the dermatologists at the Beacon clinic will cleanse your skin thoroughly to remove any dirt and makeup, so the laser wave can thoroughly penetrate the skin’s layers. Your dermatologist will then apply the laser to your treatment area(s), which takes 15-20 minutes per session.

    There is minimal discomfort and downtime associated with this treatment, and Beacon Dermatology takes every safety measure to ensure you enjoy optimal results with full safety and comfort.

    Pico Laser Consultation Process

    Before the actual treatment, you'll have a consultation with a qualified dermatologist or healthcare provider. During this consultation, you'll discuss your skin concerns, medical history, and treatment goals. The dermatologist will assess your skin to determine if you are a suitable candidate for Pico Laser Treatment. A personalized treatment plan will be created based on your unique needs.

    Pico Laser Pre-Treatment Preparations

    Before the procedure, your skin will be thoroughly cleaned and, if necessary, a topical anesthetic may be applied to minimize discomfort. This is more common for sensitive areas or if you have a low pain tolerance.

    Pico Laser Treatment Session

    Protective Eyewear

    You will be provided with protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser light. It's crucial to wear this eyewear throughout the session to protect your vision.

    Pico Laser Application

    The dermatologist or trained technician will use a handheld Pico Laser device to deliver precise energy pulses to the treatment area.The laser emits ultra-short pulses of energy, measured in picoseconds, to target specific skin concerns without damaging surrounding tissue.

    Sensation During Treatment

    During the Pico Laser session, you may feel slight sensations of heat or tingling as the laser is applied. Some people describe it as feeling like tiny, rapid pinpricks. The discomfort is typically minimal, especially when a topical anesthetic is used.

    Targeted Treatment

    The dermatologist will adjust the laser settings as needed to target your specific skin concern. This may involve varying the energy levels and the number of passes over the treatment area.

    Pico Laser Post-Treatment Care

    Post-Treatment Care

    After the Pico Laser Treatment is complete, the treated area may be gently cleaned, and a soothing ointment or cream may be applied to help with healing. You will receive post-treatment care instructions, which may include avoiding direct sunlight, wearing sunscreen, and moisturizing the treated area.


    Many patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the session, as there is typically minimal downtime associated with Pico Laser Treatment. You may experience some redness, swelling, or mild discomfort, which should subside within a few days.


    Depending on your skin concern and treatment plan, you may require multiple Pico Laser sessions spaced several weeks apart for optimal results. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress and adjust the treatment plan as necessary.

    Is Pico Laser Treatment Right for You?

    Pico Laser Treatment Eligibility

    Skin Concerns

    Individuals with specific skin concerns such as acne scars, pigmentation issues, fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, and uneven skin texture are good candidates for Pico Laser Treatment. It is particularly effective at targeting these issues.

    Safe For All Skin Types

    Pico Lasers are safe for all skin types, including individuals with darker skin tones. Unlike other laser treatments, there is a lower risk of hyperpigmentation or scarring with Pico Laser.

    Realistic Expectations

    Good candidates should have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the treatment. While Pico Laser can significantly improve the skin's appearance, it may not result in perfection, and multiple sessions may be required for optimal results.

    Healthy Lifestyle

    Individuals who lead a healthy lifestyle with good skincare habits will likely see the best results from Pico Laser Treatment. Avoiding excessive sun exposure and using sunscreen regularly is important.

    No Active Skin Infections

    Patients should not have active skin infections or conditions in the treatment area. The skin should be in relatively good health before undergoing Pico Laser Treatment.


    Smoking can affect the skin's ability to heal and regenerate. Non-smokers tend to have better outcomes from laser treatments like Pico Laser.

    No Recent Tanning

    Patients should avoid tanning beds and excessive sun exposure in the weeks leading up to the treatment. Sunburned or tanned skin can be more sensitive to laser energy.

    Are Not Pregnant

    Pregnant women are typically advised against Pico Laser Treatment, as its effects on pregnancy are not well understood. It's essential to inform your dermatologist if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

    Safe and FDA-Approved

    Pico Laser Treatment is a safe and FDA-approved procedure, ensuring that patients can trust in its effectiveness and safety.

    Potential Side Effects of Pico Laser Treatment

    Redness and Swelling

    It's common to experience redness and swelling at the treatment site immediately after the procedure. This typically subsides within a few hours to a few days.

    Tenderness and Sensitivity

    The treated area may feel tender or sensitive to the touch for a short period after the treatment.

    Peeling or Flaking

    The skin may peel or flake as it heals, particularly in the days following the treatment. This is a natural part of the skin's renewal process.


    Although rare, there is a risk of infection after Pico Laser Treatment. Follow post-treatment care instructions to clean the treated area and minimize this risk.


    Scabbing can sometimes occur, particularly when treating skin imperfections like acne scars. Avoid picking at scabs to prevent complications.

    Skin Sensitivity

    Your skin may become more sensitive to sunlight following the procedure. It's crucial to use sun protection and avoid excessive sun exposure during the healing process.

    Why Choose Beacon Dermatology for Pico Laser Treatment

    Beacon Dermatology are Calgary’s go-to experts in laser treatments that give you beautiful, glowing results. Our experienced medical state, state-of-the-art equipment, and treatments utilizing the latest technologies make us one of the leading industry experts in making your skin as healthy as possible. Schedule a consultation for your Pico Laser treatment today, or contact Beacon Dermatology for more information.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How many Pico Laser sessions are required for noticeable results?

    Optimal and noticeable results can be achieved in 4-6 Pico Laser sessions.

    Are the results of Pico Laser Treatment permanent?

    Some results of your Pico Laser treatment can be permanent, such as removing hyperpigmentation, scarring, and unwanted tattoos, as they will continue to fade with time and eventually be barely visible. Other concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles, may resurface as you age. We recommend attending maintenance sessions at the Beacon Dermatology clinic to enjoy your results for as long as possible.

    Is Pico Laser suitable for sensitive skin?

    Yes, Pico Laser treatments are extremely effective and safe, even on sensitive skin.

    How long does it take to heal from Pico Laser?

    There is no downtime or healing necessary after your Pico Laser treatment.

    Can Pico Laser Treatment be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

    If you want to optimize your results and experience full rejuvenation, you can combine your Pico Laser treatment with other treatments that address various issues and concerns. Talk about combining this treatment with other procedures during your Beacon Dermatology consultation to learn how you can feel and look your best.

    How soon can I expect to see results after a Pico Laser session?

    You will see results almost immediately following your treatment, and they will continue to improve and reduce your points of concern over a period of weeks.

    Is Pico Laser better than IPL?

    That entirely depends on your treatment goals, concerns, and the severity of your issues. Ask the Beacon Dermatology team which option is best for you, and we will create a unique treatment plan catered to your needs.

    Can Pico Laser Treatment be used on all body areas?

    Pico Laser treatments are performed on most areas of the body.

    Is Pico Laser Treatment suitable for people with a history of keloids or hypertrophic scars?

    Yes, Pico Laser treatments are very effective when treating all acne scarring.

    How long should I wait between Pico Laser sessions?

    We recommend attending 3-4 maintenance sessions, timed 4 weeks apart from each other. If you have a darker complexion, you may need to wait up to 8 weeks between appointments to ensure your treatments are safe and effective.

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