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Pico Toning

Laser light therapy for skin rejuvenation and pigmentation.

Pico Toning has taken non-ablative skin rejuvenation to a new level. Picotoning can improve skin texture, reduce pore size, and improve unwanted epidermal and dermal pigmentation. It is particularly effective in Asian and darker skin types.

How it works

Picotoning involves the use of ultra-short pulses of laser light (picosecond duration) which are applied to the skin through a lens called the Focus Lens Array. This lens delivers tightly focused high laser energy embedded in a low energy background. The mechanism of action is different to other lasers as the ultra-short pulses cause an acoustic effect as much as a pure heat effect.

The energy in the top layer of the skin can shatter surface pigment but also cause a cascade effect which can result in remodeling of collagen in the lower layers of the skin (what some call the ‘Spring effect’ of treating the surface to remodel deeper). The end result is a reduction of surface epidermal problems like pigmentation as well as improvement in skin texture, skin tone, acne scarring and a reduction in wrinkles from deeper dermal effects.

Newer protocols, called Picotuning and the Picofacial, combine several passes of different intensities and can achieve even better and faster results.


Picotoning can be used safely on all skin types, but is the treatment of choice for many conditions in Asian and ethnic skin.

The best results with Picotoning are found in:

  • Asian and ethnic Skin
  • Melasma (especially in darker skin)
  • Skin pore reduction
  • Acne scars
  • Skin Rejuvenation (skin tone, texture and wrinkles)

There is minimal downtime with this procedure.



When treating pigmentation problems the use of a skin lightening cream and sunscreen for at least 1-2 weeks prior to treatment can improve results and minimise reaction.

Avoid excess sun exposure before treatment. Any make up or sunscreen will need to be removed on the day of treatment. No anaesthetic cream is necessary for Picotoning.


There is some redness and mild swelling after treatment but this settles quickly over the rest of that day. There can be some mild dryness over areas of pigment but no major scabbing, crusting or wounds to heal after Picotoning. Normal activities can be resumed immediately after treatment.

Any patient with pigmentation or sun damage issues needs to use daily sunscreen to reduce the rate of more damage and pigment forming.

Before and after

Before and after images are presented purely as a reference point of the results that can be achieved. Everyone is unique and outcomes will vary and realistic expectations need to be discussed on a case by case basis.

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