Quanta Discovery Pico Laser SERIES has been developed by the Italian company Quanta Systems.
It claims to transcend all conventional, stand-alone picosecond lasers by combining the new efficacy and speed that picosecond brings, with the proven safety and efficacy of long-standing nanosecond Q-switched technology, traditionally the gold standard for tattoo removal treatments.
Quanta Discovery Pico Laser SERIES
Q-Switched lasers have traditionally been the gold standard method used for removing tattoos, and still are, but with the advent of picosecond technology, the treatment was made quicker, and in some cases, more efficient and less painful, depending on the tattoo type.
Q-Switched laser treatments use intensive laser energy to heat up and break the tattoo ink particles into smaller pieces which the body can then remove more easily. With picosecond lasers, like the PICO SERIES devices, you will get a much gentler and more effective treatment as picosecond laser tattoo removal doesn’t use any heat; it uses ultra-short laser pulses which bombard the ink particles at very high pressure – something called a photoacoustic affect. The ink breaks down into tiny dust particles – they literally shatter. The particles are then absorbed much more quickly and easily, and eventually get eliminated by the body as before.
By having two wavelengths emitted from the Discovery Pico devices (532nm and 1064nm), both of which can produce picosecond, as well as nanosecond pulses, and have a free-running mode as well, it is able to treat many different tattoo colours and depth of pigment, across differing skin types, by altering the choice of laser energy delivery during the treatment sessions. The same is true when targeting lesions which contain pigment, such as age spots or for skin rejuvenation applications. With the addition of a Ruby laser, the device can target even more stubborn pigments.
Each wavelength and pulse type is targeted as follows:
• 532nm (picosecond mode) – used for treating benign, pigmented lesions in skin types I-IV, as well as tattoo removal of red, yellow and orange inks in skin types I-III
• 1064nm (picosecond mode) – used for treating benign, pigmented lesions in skin types I-IV, as well as tattoo removal of black, brown, green, blue and purple inks for all skin types (I-VI)
• 694nm Ruby (nanosecond mode) – used for removing a wide range of specific benign, pigmented lesions, as well as tattoo removal of tricky ink colours such as sky blue, green and violet.
• 532nm (nanosecond mode) – used for removing a wide range of specific benign, pigmented lesions and vascular concerns, as well as tattoo removal of lighter coloured inks such as red, sky blue, green, tan, purple and orange.
• 1064nm (nanosecond mode) – used for removing a wide range of specific benign, pigmented lesions and acne scarring, as well as tattoo removal of darker coloured inks such as black, blue and brown.
European CE Marked medical device.
The PICO Series, Discovery Pico and Pico Plus, has been made available in the United States by the American branch of the company Quanta Aesthetic Lasers, where it is marketed under the names Prima Pico and Prima Pico Plus. U.S. FDA approval was granted for it in April 2016.
SHOULD BE USED BY
The laser system should only be used by trained members of the medical profession or advance trained laser specialists.
WHAT IS IT USED TO TREAT?
The Discovery PICO SERIES laser system is used for tattoo removal, the removal of benign, pigmented lesions including age spots, café au lait spots and birthmarks, and skin rejuvenation applications, as well as acne scarring (using the FraxTip™ Lens add-on).
SIDE EFFECTS & RISKS
In general picosecond laser treatment is said to be less painful than nanosecond delivery methods of tattoo removal or pigmented lesion removal, but both are considered tolerable.
There will be discomfort, whether the picosecond or nanosecond modes are used during a treatment session. The level of discomfort you feel depends on the area where the tattoo/lesion is located and your personal pain threshold. Any discomfort should be over quickly.
Following treatment, the area will feel sore and tender to the touch for a short while. Scabbing, blistering or crusting with itching on the skin in the treated area are to be expected from a PICO SERIES treatment, but they are a positive sign that the treatment is working and your body is processing the debris from the shattered pigment. You should not pick or scratch the area as you risk causing scarring or infection. You should also not cover the area treated in any cosmetic products whilst it recovers. Your practitioner will recommend suitable aftercare and any topical creams that you should apply.
Another possible side effect is hyperpigmentation or patches of darkened skin, as well as hypopigmentation or patches of lightened skin in the treated area where your natural skin’s melanin has been affected. This is usually a short-term problem which resolves after a short while.