Laser Treatment Singapore – How Laser treatments work
Tired of trying out skincare products or expensive facials that just don’t work?
The Science behind Laser
LASER stands for ‘Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.’ These devices generate a concentrated and powerful beam of light energy that is monochromatic, coherent and has a pure single wavelength.
This focused light can effectively pass through the skin’s surface and target specific chromophores – light-absorbing chemicals within the skin. This process of selective photothermolysis ensures minimal harm to normal skin structures.
Various Benefits of Laser Treatments
In Singapore, skin laser treatments are often employed to address the following skin conditions:
Different Types of Laser Skin Treatments and Their Differences
Why are there so many different lasers with different names?
While laser treatments in general have many common overlapping benefits, certain lasers address certain skin conditions better than others.
There are many different laser treatments because lasers can be tuned to produce a wide range of wavelengths, each of which can be absorbed by different chromophores in the skin. This means that different laser treatments can target different skin conditions and achieve different outcomes.
For example, lasers with longer wavelengths are effective at penetrating deeper into the skin, making them ideal for treating conditions such as spider veins and deep scars. Shorter-wavelength lasers, on the other hand, are more effective at treating superficial conditions such as pigmented lesions and fine lines.
Furthermore, some types of lasers are designed for specific purposes. For example, some lasers are designed for skin resurfacing, while others are designed for hair and tattoo removal.
Ultimately, the choice of laser treatments will depend on your specific skin condition being treated and the desired outcome. A qualified medical professional will be able to determine the most appropriate laser treatment for you based on your individual needs and skin type.
Laser treatment for Acne Scars
To treat acne scars, the ideal laser is one that can penetrate deeply into the skin and stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is a protein that is essential for healthy skin, and when it is produced in greater quantities, it can help to plump up depressed or indented scars.
Fractional laser resurfacing treatment is a popular choice for treating acne scars because it can create microscopic channels in the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing response. The laser energy is delivered in a fractionated pattern, meaning that it only targets a fraction of the skin’s surface area, leaving surrounding tissues unharmed. This allows for faster healing and minimal downtime.
Another factor that makes a laser good for acne scars is its wavelength. In general, lasers with longer wavelengths are better suited for treating deeper scars, while shorter-wavelength lasers are more effective at treating surface scars.
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Laser Treatment for Active Acne
When it comes to treating active acne, the ideal laser is one that can target the specific bacteria that cause acne while reducing inflammation and redness.
In addition to targeting bacteria, the laser should also help to reduce inflammation and redness associated with active acne. The laser energy is absorbed by hemoglobin in the blood vessels, causing them to constrict and reducing inflammation in the area.
You should also look for lasers that stimulate collagen growth, which can improve overall skin health and reduce the frequency of acne breakouts.
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Laser treatment for Pigmentation
The ideal laser for treating pigmentation is one that can target the specific chromophore responsible for the pigmentation, while minimizing damage to surrounding tissue. The most common chromophores responsible for pigmentation are melanin and hemoglobin, so the laser must be able to selectively target these chromophores.
In general, lasers with shorter wavelengths are better suited for treating pigmented lesions, as they can be absorbed by melanin more effectively. Q-switched lasers are often used for treating pigmentation, as they deliver very short pulses of laser energy that can break up the pigment into smaller particles. These smaller particles are then absorbed by the body’s immune system and eliminated from the body.
Another factor that makes a laser good for treating pigmentation is its ability to deliver energy in a controlled and precise manner. This allows for targeted treatment of the pigmented area without damaging the surrounding skin.
Read more about how DRx Doctors’ choice of laser for treating pigmentation here.
Laser treatment for skin tightening & lifting
A laser is good for skin lifting when it can stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that helps to support the structure of the skin. Collagen growth decreases as we age, leading to sagging and wrinkling of the skin. By stimulating collagen production, a laser treatment can help with skin tightening & skin lifting, giving it a more youthful appearance.
Some lasers that are specifically designed for skin lifting and tightening use a combination of laser wavelengths to target multiple layers of the skin. These lasers can deliver energy to the deeper layers of the skin, stimulating collagen production, as well as to the outer layers of the skin, which can improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Another factor that makes a laser good for skin tightening & lifting is the ability to deliver controlled energy to the skin. The laser should be able to deliver enough energy to stimulate collagen production and tighten the skin, but not so much that it causes damage or discomfort.
Read more about how DRx Doctors’ choice of laser for skin lifting here.
Laser for Hair regrowth
A laser is considered good for hair growth when it can stimulate the hair follicles and improve blood flow to the scalp.
The laser should have a specific wavelength that can penetrate the scalp and reach the hair follicles.
The laser should have an appropriate energy output that is strong enough to stimulate the hair follicles without damaging surrounding skin.
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Combination of laser treatments
The truth is, many patients have multiple skin concerns.
When there is active acne, chances are, there are also acne scars.
It is not uncommon for Doctors to combine several lasers when constructing a comprehensive treatment plan for you.
If you are unsure of which laser skin treatments are suitable for you, we highly recommend you to speak to a Doctor who can assess your skin condition and advise accordingly.
Laser Treatments Side effects & Downtime
Laser procedures for the skin and body can sometimes cause side effects in certain individuals, although these are typically temporary and relatively minor. Swelling, redness, and mild irritation are among the more common side effects, which usually go away after a few hours to a few days.
As for downtime, this can vary depending on the type of laser treatment. Some non ablative lasers may have no downtime, while others may require several days of recovery time. During the downtime, the skin may be red, swollen, and sensitive.
It is important to follow your Doctor’s after-care advice such as limiting sun exposure and moisturizing.
DRx provides after-laser cream to help soothe any redness and swelling, reducing downtime.
Laser treatment Singapore Price
The price of laser treatments in Singapore can vary depending on the type of treatment, the area of the body being treated, and the clinic or provider performing the treatment.
It’s important to note that the cost of laser treatments may also depend on the number of sessions required to achieve the desired results. Some treatments may require multiple sessions over a period of weeks or months to see significant improvement.
To get a more accurate idea of the treatment cost in Singapore, it’s best to consult with a qualified provider or clinic and discuss your specific needs and goals. They can provide you with a more detailed breakdown of the costs involved and help you determine the best treatment plan for your individual situation.
Frequently Asked Questions
It all depends on your skin condition and desired goals.
While patients may see visible results 1-2 weeks after their first treatment, some treatments may require multiple treatment sessions over weeks or months to see significant improvement.
Your Doctor will be better able to advise you during consultation.
Some laser treatments may cause only mild discomfort or a warming sensation, while others may cause more significant pain or discomfort.
Numbing cream will be applied before laser treatments to minimize discomfort.
Most patients generally find laser treatments to be a comfortable procedure.
There is no evidence to suggest that laser treatments cause cancer. Laser treatments use focused beams of light to target specific areas of the skin or body, and the light energy used is not strong enough to cause DNA damage or mutations that could lead to cancer.
However, laser treatments may increase sensitivity to the sun, and it is important to protect the skin from sun exposure after a laser treatment to reduce the risk of sun damaged skin.