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 acne-clearing lasers to broadband light facials and hair removal treatments, we’ve rounded up our top laser and light-based treatments to try!
Hollywood Laser Peel
For that much-wanted glow and radiance before an event or a party, try this rejuvenating laser treatment offered at The Belle Clinic. Suitable for most skin types, especially those with aged or damaged skin, the gentle yet effective FDA-approved laser helps to reduce pigmentation, fine lines and acne scars. The best part? Results can be seen after just one session, which explains why it’s pretty popular as a pre-event skin-saver and weekday pick-me-up.
A numbing cream is first applied on your face and left on for 15 minutes. Then, a light layer of Spectra Carbon Lotion is applied before the laser starts. As this laser is gentle on the skin, multiple passes with the laser are made during the course of each session to ensure optimal results. The first pass sets the lotion onto the skin, and subsequent passes lightly remove the lotion, heating the dermis at the same time, and lightly ablating the top layer of dead skin to reveal younger-looking skin. You’ll hear some snapping sounds as this occurs, and feel a warm tingling sensation.
AES 5D Skin Rejuvenation Treatment
Combining the latest laser and ultrasound technology in the market – Lutronic PicoPlus Laser and Ultraformer III – this treatment by The Aesthetic Studio targets different depths of the skin dermis to rejuvenate, tighten and lift. It’s suitable for both men and women who are starting to notice the signs of gravity and aging on their face.
The treatment starts with Ultraformer III, a non-invasive, lifting process where highly precise high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) energy is delivered into the deep layers of the skin to stimulate collagen regeneration. This helps to reduce wrinkles and lift sagging skin especially around the jowl, neck and eye areas. Next, a customised five-step PicoPlus Cold Rejuvenation protocol is delivered to the skin. This revolutionary laser treatment further stimulates collagen and elastin production, thus improving pigmentation, overall skin tone and texture without peeling or prolonged downtime.
Glow to Go IPL Body Whitening Treatment
Do you have hyperpigmentation issues on your body? Over time, the friction caused by constant shaving and waxing can cause sensitive areas of your body – especially the underarm and bikini areas – to darken. Offered at French beauty spot EstheClinic, this quick and fuss-free treatment only takes around 10 minutes per area, and is completely pain-free and without downtime. Intense pulsed light (IPL) is delivered deeply into the skin to increase cellular regeneration, refine pores, reduce hyper-pigmentation at the skin surface and even out overall skin tone.
After each session (from $150 for underams), the darkened skin in the treated areas get lightened, smoothened and more refined. A minimum of six to 10 sessions, one to two weeks apart, is recommended for best results.
Lutronic PicoPlus Pico Laser
If you’re battling stubborn pigmentation like melasma, freckles and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation marks, try this non-ablative laser, which works by heating up the underlying skin tissue without harming the surface layer, thereby resulting in less recovery time.
Offered at Sozo Aesthetic Clinic, PicoPlus is an advanced, second-generation picosecond laser, where ultra-short 450 picosecond laser pulses break down pigmentation into much smaller fragments as compared to Q-switched lasers. A pico laser also has higher photo-acoustic effect (more energy). This means that pigmentation is broken down into smaller fragments, which are more easily removed by the body’s immune system. While you can return to your daily activities immediately after the treatment, you’ll need to avoid prolonged sun exposure for a week to avoid hyperpigmentation. On average, around four to six treatments are required for full results.
Pearl Laser Resurfacing
If you’re looking for an overall rejuvenation procedure that treats pigmentation while improving skin texture, this would be the one to try. The Cutera Pearl procedure by Cutis Medical Laser Clinics uses US FDA-cleared resurfacing laser technology to safely treat brown spots, acne scars and wrinkles, improve uneven skin texture and reverse sun damage.
During the procedure, the top layer of skin is treated using pulses of light that simultaneously send heat to different layers of skin. This triggers the body’s natural healing process wherein a protective dressing forms on the skin, which minimises the downtime. After a week, this dressing will peel off to reveal new skin with a visible glow. Although there is a downtime of five to seven days, just one session is needed for significant improvement to the skin tone and texture.
Forever Clear BBL
For some, the occasional pimple is annoying. For others, acne is a serious problem that can wage war on one’s self-confidence. SW1 Clinic’s Forever Clear BBL treatment uses broadband light (BBL) of different spectrums for a targeted approach to treat persistent acne. First, a blue light is used to eliminate acne-causing bacteria at the source. Then, yellow helps to reduce inflammation and balance oil production. The final step is red BBL, which reduces redness and deeper acne lesions. You can choose to have a topical numbing cream applied for 10 minutes before the treatment.
The procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes. Immediately after, you may experience temporary reddening and slight swelling of the acne until the next day. Depending on your acne condition, a series of four to six treatments every two weeks may be most effective. Thereafter, most patients will need periodic maintenance that ranges from monthly to every six months.
Picocare Tattoo Laser
Do you regret getting that tattoo? While there are many purported ways of removing one, it’s always best to engage help from a qualified clinic. Amaris B Clinic offers Picocare, an FDA-approved picosecond laser that boasts a wide range of spot sizes for better precision, making it safer and more advanced compared to other laser procedures.
The Picocare 450 technology is also said to be more efficient, especially in the treatment of tattoo removal. The laser energy penetrates more effectively into skin, helping to target specific areas while minimising collateral damage to the surrounding tissues, thus resulting in less downtime. After the full course of treatment, the area loses pigmentation, resulting in a colour that’s lighter than the surrounding skin. Gradually, the treated area will even out and return to your normal skin colour over the next two to four weeks. Generally, it may require anywhere from two to six sessions, which may be repeated every one to four weeks.
TWC 3D Eyebag Removal
Over time, the protective layer of fat around the eyes begins to sag, resulting in eyebags. The 3D Eye Bag Removal by The Wellness Clinic addresses three principal factors in treating this concern: the fat under the eyes, skin laxity and skin pigmentation. Unlike blepharoplasty, which causes discomfort and has a downtime of two to four weeks, this non-surgical solution requires no incision.
Using a combination of HIFU-guided energy and a subdermal laser, the eyebag area is treated with speed and precision, targeting only the fat while leaving other parts untouched. The next step of the treatment targets the overlying skin, treating issues such as skin laxity and dark eye rings. The results? Brighter skin and a visible reduction of fat protrusion in the under-eye area, in less than 30 minutes.
W Aesthetic offers a non-invasive laser option to skin ageing, Laser Genesis, which safely, discretely and effectively treat fine line wrinkles, large pores, uneven skin texture, diffuse redness (commonly associated with rosacea) and scars. It works by gently heating the upper dermis well below your skin’s surface, which helps with collagen stimulation. Additional heat is generated in dilated capillaries to reduce redness.
Over the course of four to five treatments, this pain-free laser treatment can help to restore the skin’s youthful glow and appearance by smoothing out uneven textures caused by ageing, sun damage and acne scars. You will see a more creamy, healthy complexion as large pores reduce in size and minor imperfections are diminished.While the individual treatment results are subtle, the overall effect of multiple treatments can be quite dramatic. There’s no downtime either, although some may experience slight redness that disappears within a few hours.
Super Hair Removal (SHR)
This hair removal treatment at David Loh Surgery isn’t classified precisely under laser or IPL, but instead uses SHR technology from Alma Lasers. Low-intensity light and high-repetition pulses work to increase the temperature of both the hair follicle and the surrounding tissues to 45 degrees Celsius. The chromophores (pigment cells) in the hair shaft absorb heat, thus effectively heating up the follicle. This, along with the heat energy absorbed directly by the hair follicle, damages the follicle and prevents hair regrowth.
Pain is kept to a minimum as the SHR mode protects and cools the epidermis throughout the process. And, because it’s not an IPL treatment, it can be used on all skin types, even those with darker skin. It also treats almost all hair types, except for white hairs. SHR requires around six to eight sessions for complete hair removal. Most patients should see a reduction of hair growth within the first couple of treatments.
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