Discovery PICO

The New Era of Tattoo and
Pigmented Lesion Treatments

Discovery PICO represents the second generation of picosecond lasers that due to its proprietary technology, is the most innovative medical laser available in the market today.

It has an Nd:YAG double-wavelength laser source emitting at both 1064 nm and 532 nm, provided by the exclusive Quanta Pico-Boost Technology (patent pending). This feature makes possible to work in a Picosecond mode delivering up to 800 mJ of energy and up to 1.8 GW of power and also in Q-Switch and Photo-Thermal modes, thus making Discovery PICO the most powerful laser in its class.

The innovation introduced by Discovery PICO consists in peak power level through ultrashort pulses that is twice more powerful than any other Picosecond laser for medical applications. This has enhanced the treatment results increasing the efficacy on hard-to-treat tattoo inks with a general reduction in the average delivered energy dose.


When the laser radiation is emitted at nanoseconds and picoseconds pulses and the power density is in the range of the GW and the laser light is absorbed by clusters or particles of ink or melanosomes, it generates an extremely rapid rise of temperature up to more than 900° C. This rapid heating induces an extremely fast expansion in the target, which generates a mechanical wave (acoustic) that crosses over the target itself. The generated wave exerts a pressure that exceeds the fracture threshold of the target, causing its fragmentation. Thereafter, the fragments can undergo phagocytosis by macrophages and be removed through the lymphatic system. This is the process called photoacoustic effect which is literally able to "pulverize" particles. To make this happen at the best conditions, the laser pulse duration must shorter than the time of crossing over of the mechanical wave within the target, which for ink clusters is in nanoseconds and for the smallest ink particles and single melanosomes is in the picosecond range, all this leaving the surrounding tissues unaffected.

Before and After PICO

The picosecond YAG laser can break down the smallest ink particles which compose the black tattoos. This colour, due also to the very small dimensions of its particles, sometimes become resistant to Q-Switched treatments showing small improvements at every session. The picosecond pulse can fragments even the smallest black ink particle in a really thin "dust", which is easier to be eliminated by the body immune system. By emitting at both 532 nm and 1064 nm wavelengths at picosecond regime, Discovery PICO can treat different tattoo colours, superficial and deep pigmented lesions by using also the Q-Switched emission modes. As an exclusive feature of this laser, the Photo-Thermal mode permits to treat also the aged skin (skin rejuvenation) effectively.

Pigment pulverisation with PICO laser


The Q-Switched Ruby of the Plus version of Discovery PICO effectively extends the range of treatable colours. This is the most effective laser for the treatment of blue and green colours due to the very high pulse energy able to really break down the ink clusters. The particles of colours treated by this laser are in average bigger that the ones composing the black ink and are really well responding to ns pulses too.

Discovery PICO Laser Sources


  • Multi-Coloured Tattoo Removal
  • Benign Pigmented Lesion Removal


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Featured below is a small snapshot of images to reinforce the effectiveness of the Discovery PICO treatments. Further imagery is available upon request.

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