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Beauty 101: The top ten laser treatments in Singapore

Beauty 101: The top ten laser treatments in Singapore

 

How did we live without laser? Apart from its life-saving applications in medical fields as diverse as heart surgery, cancer and ophthalmology, it’s doing marvellous work in the world of aesthetics, from facial rejuvenation and hair removal to the treatment of unsightly veins. Here are our top ten! And if that’s not enough for you, we have more laser solutions here and plenty of extra beauty tips here.  

1. What are they?

Erbium and Matrix IR Fractional Laser – two synergistic systems to treat acne scars and facial lines.

What makes them special?

First, the erbium laser softens the edges of scars to make them less obvious. Then a general microlaser peel, the Matrix IR system, treats the full thickness of the skin and stimulates deep collagen production to improve the scars from within.

Whom is it for?

Those with acne scars are usually in their late teens to 30s; those with fine lines in their 40s or 50s.

How long does it take?

Asian patients are treated with customised lightening agents and sun-block for a month prior to the treatment. For fairer-skinned patients, this may not be necessary. Topical anaesthesia is applied shortly before treatment.

Recovery time?

There is a three-to-five-day recovery time, and you should not apply makeup for around three days. After this, you can resume normal activities; you may look as if you’ve been on the beach.

What does it cost?

For the Erbium laser, it’s $800 to $1,500 per treatment. For the Matrix IR laser, it’s $1,200 to $4,500 for a treatment package.

Who does it?

Dr Andrew Khoo, plastic surgeon at Aesthetic & Reconstructive Centre

3 Mount Elizabeth

#13-08 Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre

www.andrewkhoo.com | 6733 3712

2. What is it?

Spectra Laser Peel – a powerful yet gentle carbon-assisted laser treatment.

What makes it special?

It’s highly effective in controlling acne inflammation, reducing excessive oil and sebum production, unclogging pores and minimising pore size. It also reduces redness from past acne inflammation, diminishes brown spots and improves acne scars, uneven skin tone and texture and fine lines.

Whom is it for?

Anyone of any age who suffers from acne, enlarged pores, fine wrinkles, oily skin or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

How many sessions?

Visible improvement, especially to active acne, can be seen after the first treatment. For optimal results, a series of six treatments at intervals of two to three weeks is recommended.

Recovery time?

The treatment takes about 30 minutes and you can resume normal activity immediately afterwards.

What does it cost?

Each session costs $450 (plus GST), but you can save by buying a bundle of treatments.

Who does it?

Dr Ivan Puah at Amaris B Face & Body Shaping Clinic

140 Arab Street

www.amaris-b.com | 6536 4211

 

 

3. What is it?

3D Skin Rejuvenation Treatment – three FDA-approved laser technologies, Titan, Genesis and Limelight, that work together to improve different skin concerns by targeting different layers of the skin.

What makes it special?

Titan works on the deeper layers of the skin to produce a “non-surgical facelift”, stimulating the formation of new collagen to soften lines around the nose and mouth, firm the neck and uplift drooping eyelids.

Laser Genesis works on the superficial dermis to improve texture and fine lines.

Limelight is the latest advance in intense pulsed light (IPL), which treats sun damage, brown spots and freckles.

Whom is it for?

Men or women of any age looking for overall skin rejuvenation, especially those who are worried about generally sagging skin, a loss of definition of the jaw line, the start of jowls, sagging of the neck or droopy eyelids or general loss of skin firmness.

Recovery time?

No real downtime; your skin may be slightly flushed after the treatment.

What does it cost?

Special Offer:

A package of 2 Titan, 3 Laser Genesis and 3 Limelight sessions costs $4,326; other options on request.

Who does it?

Dr Sylvia Ramirez at Cutis Medical Laser Clinics

9 Scotts Road #08-07 Pacific Plaza 228210 Singapore

cutislaserclinics.com | 6801 4000

4. What is it?

Laser Hair Removal using Candela GentleYAG – featuring multiple spot sizes, variable pulse durations and a patented cryogen cooling system for maximal patient comfort and safety

Why do we like it?

It’s fast, effective and gives visible results with no adverse effects. The laser targets dark pigments present in the hair, called melanin. When the light hits the hair follicles, which is where hair growth begins, the laser energy destroys them instantly.

Whom is it for?

Anyone who is bothered by unsightly hair on their legs, arms, underarms, upper lip, chin or bikini line. This treatment is suitable for all skin types.

How many sessions?

To get rid of unwanted hair permanently, four or five are usually recommended, at intervals of two to three weeks.

Recovery time?

You can resume your daily activities immediately.

What does it cost?

$

Who does it?

Dr Valentin Low at Aesthetic and Laser Clinic
290 Orchard Road

#08-03 Paragon Medical Suites

www.drvalentinlow.com | 6720 3323

 

5. What is it?

TriLipo MED – a skin rejuvenation treatment that utilises three advanced technologies for outstanding clinical results.

What makes it special?

Maximus TriLipo RF (radiofrequency) energy heats the subcutaneous fat tissue layer to accelerate natural fat metabolism. Internally, the TriLipo DMA pulses cause the muscles to contract and push the fat cells up towards the surface to facilitate drainage. On the dermis layer, focused TriLipo RF energy heats up collagen fibres, causing the skin to immediately become tighter and smoother and stimulating collagen regeneration. TriFractional RF technology creates microscopic wounds into the epidermis and dermis to stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanism, leading to smoother and tighter-looking skin.

Whom is it for?

Those looking to improve any of a wide range of aesthetic conditions on the face, neck, arms, abdomen, buttocks, thighs and legs.

What does it cost?

Depending on the treatment area and combination of technologies the patient opts for, costs range from $200 to $2,000 per treatment.

Who does it?

Dr Christopher Ng at GynaeMD Women’s & Rejuvenation Clinic

1 Orchard Boulevard

#04-03A Camden Medical Centre

www.gynaemd.com.sg | 6733 8810

6. What is it?

Laser Hair Reduction with the Mydon long pulse Nd-YAG laser from Wavelight.

What makes it special?

As opposed to temporary methods like shaving, depilatory creams, plucking and waxing, which leave hair follicles intact, lasers are the solution to permanent hair reduction. Hair will never grow again, because the source of its growth – the follicle – is destroyed. What’s more, this technology has a built-in cooling system so treatments are very comfortable.

Whom is it for?

Anyone who has unwanted hair on any area of the face or body, including those with darker skin tones. IPL systems work on the same principle, but are recommended only for people with light skin tones.

How many sessions are required?

As hair grows in cycles, a few treatments are needed, spaced about a month apart.

Any preparation?

Shave the area to be treated. Anaesthetic cream is not required except for the bikini area.

Recovery time?

Treated skin may look pink for half an hour, but there is no downtime.

Who does it?

The Chelsea Clinic (Rochester)

35 Rochester Drive

#03-21 Rochester Mall

6570 3913

 

7. What is it?

Fractional Laser – FDA-approved technology for skin rejuvenation, a long-term solution with tangible results.

Why do we like it?

Safely, with minimal side effects and very little downtime, laser beams penetrate the skin’s surface to trigger a healing process that produces new collagen and elastin tissue in the skin. After only one treatment, skin is brighter, smoother, more elastic and less wrinkled, and pores are less visible.

Whom is it for?

Anyone with skin problems such as enlarged pores, uneven skin tone or pigmentation, abnormal skin texture caused by scarring, fine lines and even wrinkles.

How long does it take?

From 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the area being treated.

Approximate recovery time?

There is minimal downtime, so you can get treated without disrupting your daily schedule.

What does it cost?

$700 per treatment.

Who does it?

Dr Tyng Tan at The Hair & Laser Clinic

391B Orchard Road

#08-04 Ngee Ann City Tower B

www.hairandlaserclinic.com | 6235 0010

8. What is it?

Nova 3R – a multi-tasking FDA-approved treatment that utilises triple wavelengths of light energies to deliver three beauty fixes in a single session: lightening pigmentation and broken capillaries, brightening dull complexion and revitalising tired skin.

Why do we like it?

First, skin is tightened with gentle, painless infrared spectrum light. Second, unwanted pigmentation and discolouration is removed with IPL (intense pulsed light). Finally, photobiomodulation stimulates the cells, resulting in brighter skin and smaller pores.

Whom is it for?

Anyone above the age of 20 will benefit from Nova 3R, as that’s when our collagen starts to break down and sun- and age-related damage begins to show.

How long does it take?

About 45 minutes.

How many sessions?

Depending on your skin condition, from 3 to 6 sessions.

What do I need to know?

Avoid tanning one week before and after the treatment. It is comfortable, there is no downtime and you can apply makeup to the area immediately afterwards.

What does it cost?

$1,100 (plus GST) per session or $5,500 for 6 sessions.

Who does it?

Doctors at The Sloane Clinic

#03-18 ION Orchard

www.sloaneclinic.com | 6509 8108

 

9. What is it?

Endovenous Laser Technology (EVLT) and micro-sclerotherapy – for the non-invasive treatment of varicose veins and spider veins respectively.

What makes it special?

In sclerotherapy, a very small needle is used to inject the diseased vein with a solution that causes it to shrink, close off and later disappear. EVLT is a microsurgical procedure done under local anaesthesia in the doctor’s office. There’s no need for invasive surgery, general anaesthesia or hospitalisation. With no cutting and no scarring, the pain is minimal and you can walk immediately.

Whom is it for?

Anyone troubled by varicose veins or spider veins in the legs, hands or face.

What do I need to know?

Before micro-sclerotherapy, you will need to fast from four to six hours.

Recovery time?

Micro-sclerotherapy (for spider veins) requires no downtime at all. After EVLT, you can continue with your basic daily activities, and most patients return to work the next day; full recovery can take up to four days.

What does it cost?

It starts from $8,000 per leg.

Who does it?

Dr John Tan at The Vein Clinic & Surgery

290 Orchard Road

#11-08 Paragon

www.theveinclinic.com.sg | 6245 6666

10. What is it?

NILER (Non-Incisional Laser Eyebag Rejuvenation) – a new, non-invasive way to remove eye bags.

What makes it special?

As we age, bags tend to develop under the eyes as the protective layer of fat around the eyes begins to sag, making us look old and tired. Unlike blepharoplasty, which causes much discomfort and downtime of two to four weeks, the non-surgical option NILER requires no incision.

Why do we like it?

Local anaesthetic is injected into the eye bag area, then a 600 micron, bare laser fibre is inserted into the eye bag, simultaneously emulsifying the eye bag fat and tightening the skin.

How long does it take?

30 minutes in all.

How many sessions?

The treatment needs to be done just once and offers a good alternative to the traditional blepharoplasty.

Approximate recovery time

Any mild swelling clears in three to five days. No makeup or contact lenses for five days.

What does it cost?

It starts from $3,500.

Who does it?

Dr Ram Nath at The Wellness Clinic

1 Orchard Boulevard

#03-07/08 Camden Medical Centre

www.wellnessclinic.sg | 6887 3073

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