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Effective treatment for skin rejuvenation, reduction of acne scars & pores with PICO MLA Laser

Picosecond lasers are effective removal tools for skin pigmentation and tattoos, utilizing one of the the most creative and innovative trends in dermatology. As one of the latest revolutionary inventions in skin laser equipment, it provides excellent performance and great results with its extremely fast speed and extremely short pulse duration.

Millisecond (ms)

1/1000 s

Microsecond (μs)

1/1,000,000 s

Nanosecond (ns)

1/1,000,000,000 s

Picosecond (ps)

1/1,000,000,000,000 s

Credit Cryomed

Picosecond lasers operate at one trillionth of a second, as compared to nanosecond lasers (one billionth of a second). Treatments are fast, effective and safe due to the ultra-fast speed offering greater photoacoustic effect versus photothermal effect. This also results in less discomfort and less adverse effects such as post-inflammatory hypopigmentation. Its extreme precision also minimizes risk of damage to surrounding tissue, thus greatly reduces recovery time.

What is MLA?

HEXA MLA (Microlens Array Technology) is an advanced extension of the PICO Laser. The handpiece comes with various spot sizes (3 – 10mm), which allows for more delicate and precise treatments for enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture and acne scars.

Using optical elements that utilizes optical refraction, multiple focusing lenses help to combine light’s intensity and concentrate them at the desired area. The intensity can be increased up to 15 times, suitable for scar treatment and skin rejuvenation.

Combined, the PICO Laser and HEXA MLA provide higher peak power with an ultra-short pulse duration, leading to enhanced efficacy

The PICO Laser combined with the properties of HEXA MLA, creates an effect called Laser Induced Optical Breakdown (LIOB) causing tissues to be rapidly energised, creating a more effective treatment for acne scars without damage to the epidermis therefore leading to a faster recovery time.


Lower side-effects

Lower side-effects

Fewer treatments required

Better results

Pico Laser Treatment vs other treatment methods

Pico Laser + HEXA MLA Subiscion Treatment
No incisions Requires incisions with a needle to damage acne scar tissues
Less painful, with faster recovery Painful with long recovery period
Low chance of adverse effects Bruising and adverse effects may occur
Pico Laser + HEXA MLA CO2 Laser
Precise laser will not harm healthy tissue Big jagged channels of thermal ablation may harm healthy tissue
Less painful, with faster recovery Painful with long recovery period
Results can be seen in a single session May require more sessions for results to be seen

Is this what you call the Bubble Laser?

Yes. The Pico MLA protocol uses the concept of Laser Induced Optical Breakdown (LIOB) to induce microscopic damage to the skin, hence inducing repair and collagen formaton. These tiny little bubbles have the ability to elevate and push depressed acne scars up, smoothening uneven skin textures, improving rolling, boxscar and ice-pick scars. The use of Pico MLA hence yields superior results with lesser discomfort and lower downtime as compared to alot of traditional methods of acne scar treatment.

Credit Cryomed


There will be minimal pain during the treatment as a topical anaesthetic will be applied prior to the laser. After the treatment, you can top up to apply a cooling mask immediately to soothe the skin.

The procedure takes around 10 minutes.

Post-treatment, it is normal for some scabs to form 1 or 2 days after however, they will naturally fall off in around 5 – 7 days. During the recovery period, do avoid exposing your skin to excessive heat such as direct sunlight or saunas. Not everyone forms scabs though. In the treatment for pores, all you expect is mild redness

In the treatment for boxscar and ice-pick scars, the PICO MLA treatment is able to focus a large amount of energy into the scar tissue, hence breaking up scar fibers beneath. With PICO MLA, there may be some pin-point bleeding spots over the scar area. This will take about 5 to 7 days to recover.

The interval for treatment is every 4 weeks.

The Pico MLA is not an absolute replacement. Subscision, TCA Cross, Microneedle Fractional Radiofrequency, Erbium lasers and Fractional Co2 lasers do still have a vital role to play in acne scar treatment. It is best to let your physician decide which is the best treatment for your scar and let him plan a treatment plan that is best suited towards your needs.