Pico technology vs. IPL & How to Choose the One for You

by | Aug 7, 2020 | Clinical Aesthetics

The first question you’re asking yourself: what the heck is pico technology and IPL? Simply put, pico technology is a laser method of ridding the skin from imperfections such as age-related marks and other skin imperfections. IPL stands for “intense pulsed light,” and it is also a skin treatment to help reduce the signs of aging and other skin imperfections. Sounds about the same, right? Well, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the differences.

Pico Technology

First things first, let’s discuss the details of pico technology. The pico treatment is very quick and effective, and it can really wok some anti-aging magic. One of its best qualities? It is relatively painless, and who doesn’t want to get a painless treatment that will make you look more youthful? It most effectively deals with sunspots and acne scars as well as promoting elastin production. Pico technology is non-surgical and non-invasive laser skin treatment, and it works by delivering short pulses of energy to the problem areas. The pulses destroy the skin pigment in the problem area, and there is little recovery time.


Intense pulsed light varies slightly from pico technology. The main difference is that IPL can treat larger areas of skin imperfections than pico technology can, so that could be more beneficial for some people. It works much the same by using light energy, not heat, to remove problem areas that resulted from acne, birthmarks, spider veins, etc. The pain level in this treatment has been said to be similar to an elastic band being snapped on the skin. There is pain more pain involved than pico technology, but IPL also treats larger areas. It can also be 2-4 weeks of treatments before seeing significant results.

In conclusion, pico technology and IPL are both great options for laser skin treatments, and they each have their pros and cons. My recommendation is to consider how large of an area you want to be treated. If it is a smaller more confined area of skin, I would go for the pico technology. That being said, if your area of treatment is larger, definitely think about utilizing IPL. Still undecided? Talk to the experts at Luminessence, and we are more than happy to help you be your most confident self.