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. There are laser treatments to reduce pigmentation and for tattoo removal, plus laser for wrinkles and IPL for hair removal. Here are some useful light and laser treatments at aesthetic clinics in Singapore for you to check out.
Red Carpet Skin Perfector
Whether you’re preparing for a big event or need a quick pick-me-up, this aesthetic clinic in Singapore has a prescriptive skin-perfecting treatment that will help you find your (lime)light.
Specifically designed by Dr Maybelle Tan from The Belle Clinic to have zero downtime, the red carpet treatment starts with a light exfoliation to clear dead skin and retexturise enlarged pores. Then comes the pièce de résistance: an FDA-cleared medical-grade laser to gently improve the texture and hue of dull skin. This is capped off with a luxurious hyaluronic acid facial to re-establish the water balance in stressed skin.
The laser treatment lasts 45 minutes; it’s designed to tighten, detoxify and restore a youthful complexion while minimising flaws, so you look airbrushed and red carpet-ready 24/7 without having to resort to the ol’ nip and tuck. The price ($348) includes a 15-minute skin consultation.
Light Therapy Facials
A new aesthetic clinic in Singapore, Skinpple has developed a series of short but super effective unisex facials that utilise different technologies to give sagging skin a “light” workout. The star of the lot is the Skin Gym; it blends two different (and painless!) light treatments – broadband light (BBL) therapy and a LDM Triple laser – with a retinol exfoliator so that you’ll awake looking fresh-faced and fabulous.
In Skin Gym ($240), the aesthetician starts off by giving you a cleanse and light exfoliation using a super-smoothing retinol therapy, before pulling out the big guns; first, the LDM treats problems such as fine lines and folds; then the BBL boosts the skin’s natural ability to fight ageing. This is capped off with a deeply hydrating hyaluronic serum.
Coming in a close second is the Bright Idea (also $240), a facial that promises to correct flaws and lighten pigmentation with an IPL light treatment. It begins with a cleanse – using professional-grade enzymes, no less – and ends with retinol therapy plus a cocktail of vitamins that’s customised to your skin.
All it takes is 30 minutes of your day and – voila! – you’re all ready to slay your close-up.
Pico is short for picosecond; it’s a term for the duration (read: one trillionth of a second!) it takes for this laser treatment to work magic on your skin. Instead of stimulating the formation of collagen using heat like an average laser, picosecond lasers repair collagen by sending a vibration down into the deeper layers of skin (a more sophisticated term would be “photocaustic effect”).
There are currently several picosecond technologies available; most clinics utilise only one machine to treat a variety of problems. However, Dr Yong from Angeline Yong Dermatology combines both the groundbreaking Picoway and Picosure devices to come up with a signature hybrid treatment for individual skin concerns. And yes, this applies even to individuals with more complex pigmentation problems, from birthmarks, textural irregularities like widened pores, wrinkles and acne scars, to that embarrassing multi-coloured tattoo of an ex-boyfriend’s name!
Dr Yong is both the Asia-Pacific Key Opinion Leader and trainer for Picosure (Cynosure devices), and the Key Opinion Leader for Picoway (Candela devices) in Singapore, so you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands.
Expect improvements after just one or two sessions, with negligible downtime. Prices start from $380 (before GST).
Fotona Starwalker MaQX Laser System
The Fotona Starwalker sounds incredibly high-tech – and that’s because it is. This US-FDA approved, all-in-one laser treatment has multiple uses; these include improving skin pigmentations, acne scarring and vascular lesions to zapping away hair, acne and tattoos. If you don’t have significant skin dilemmas but still desire a pore-less, glowing complexion, this is also your go-to treatment!
Suitable for all skin types including darker skin, this treatment is a superior cousin of the laser because it provides consistent and more effective results, with less pain and downtime. What’s more, the higher efficacy rates also translate into fewer treatment sessions.
At Dermstetiq Clinic, every treatment is personalised based on the individual’s skin conditions, lifestyle and needs. Complement the treatment with a selection of customised skincare products and premium facial masks; then lie back and get ready to glow, glow, glow!
Prices start from $350 per session. Owner of this aesthetic clinic in Singapore and medical practitioner Dr Tan Hui Suan recommends at least four to six sessions, two to three weeks apart, for the best results.
Infinity Dual Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Not all lasers are created equal. That’s why Infinity Aesthetics Clinic combines two types for its laser treatment – the Q-switch Laser and the Fractional Erbium Laser – to cover more ground.
The reason? Skin issues often occur in different layers, and by using lasers with different wavelengths to target varying skin depth, you can peel away most epidermal problems in just 20 to 30 minutes.
The Q-switch laser is great for skin brightening, with its shorter nanosecond laser pulses that target melanin. Meanwhile, the fractional laser has longer pulse durations and wavelengths that are absorbed mainly by water. Since our skin is made up of about 80 percent water, the latter is able to heat up the skin internally to stimulate scar remodelling, making it a better laser for scars. Doing both regularly is supposed to stimulate collagen growth. It’s also competitively priced from $199, and has minimal to no downtime.
But wait, there’s more … the aesthetic clinic also has a new Rejuran booster treatment (add-on $99) that goes perfectly with these lasers to speed up healing and keep the skin smooth and firm. It’s applied using cryotherapy to cool the skin down after each session, so you look hotter than ever!
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This article first appeared in the December 2021 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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