Lasers are great skin care technologies that can tackle various issues in your skin, hair, and body. Advanced laser technology nowadays allows it to be applied to any form of dermatological treatment.
There are different types of lasers for different issues – be it for acne, scars, pigmentations, hair removal and tattoo removal. How do you decide which is best for you?
To help you understand more, here’s everything you need to know about laser treatments in Singapore for your skin, face and body.
Facial Laser Treatments
Facial lasers are proven to help to resurface the skin and remove blemishes. This reduces age spots, scars, wrinkles, and also balancing skin tone. There are different types of laser treatments that have their own key features of wavelength, pulse width, and the rate at which the light beam is delivered.
Pigmentation forms as a result of excess melanin production which may come from hormonal changes, acne, and sun damage. This includes freckles, sun or age spots, melasma, Hori’s nevus, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne, eczema, and the likes.
A laser resurfacing treatment can reduce pigmentation by the use of light beams. This slowly reduces the appearance of pigmentations by triggering the body’s natural healing process, leading to clearer skin.
Is laser treatment effective for pigmentation?
It is effective for pigmentation when done by a skilled and experienced specialist. The lasers target the dermis to trigger collagen growth which helps lighten pigmentation. Several sessions are also required to reach optimum results.
Can laser remove pigmentation permanently?Yes. Lasers send light energy into the dark cells to be absorbed. This breaks down the cells and encourages new collagen to be produced. This makes the pigmentation lighter and lighter with every session.
How much does laser for pigmentation cost?Cost of laser for pigmentation will depend on the size, location, skin type, and condition of your lesion. The number of sessions also vary as some are required a few more laser rejuvenation treatments, while others only need one. Here are lasers for pigmentation from Sozo Clinic and their prices: Pico Laser costs from $180 – with Brightening Peel included Pro Yellow Laser costs from $180
Acne and Acne Scars
Laser resurfacing treatments work by delivering intense light into the layers of the skin. This encourages the production of essential skin fibres like collagen and elastin. The body’s natural healing process gets rid of the damaged tissues and resurfaces the skin. Here are some laser rejuvenating treatments that effectively target acne and acne scars:
An effective treatment for acne and acne marks is the Q-switched laser. The energy pulses delivered by the device breaks down pigmented cells because of the heat it emits. This effectively treats skin discoloration from acne marks, freckles, age spots, and sun spots.
Q-switched laser also prevents breakouts by killing the P-acne bacteria, and at the same time, shrink oil glands. This helps control the production of sebum to lower the risk of clogged pores.
It’s a powerful treatment that has combined microneedling and radiofrequency. Aside from resurfacing those depressed acne scars, it can also improve the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.
This device that emits radiofrequency will break down to the deep layers of the skin, which will trigger the production of more collagen. The level of energy this device transmits is highly dependent on the severity or the depth of the scars, making it a highly customisable treatment for each patient who suffers from mild to severe acne scars.
This is a laser resurfacing treatment that helps eliminate the appearance of scars and pigmentation caused by acne. It is a tolerable and quick procedure that requires little to no downtime. A handheld device is used, which has a wide range of spot sizes for efficacy.
Is laser treatment for acne scars permanent?Yes. Besides being one of the fastest ways to treat acne scars, laser treatments also permanently gets rid of scars. However, do note that several treatments may be required to achieve your desired results.
How long does laser for acne scar treatment take to work?Treatment results may depend on the type and severity of your scars. Commonly, results are seen within 2-4 weeks. However, it is recommended to wait a little longer for optimum improvement as collagen is continuously produced by your body for months even after your last laser treatment.
Laser Treatments for BodyBesides treating skin conditions, treatments that uses lasers can be used for hair and tattoo removal too! The exposure of laser light in the hair follicles destroys it and may stop new hair from growing. While the powerful energy released from lasers can breakdown tattoo ink, leaving the broken down particles for the body’s natural process to eliminate. Lasers for the body are generally safe as they are designed to target only the surface.
Tattoo Removal LasersNot as fond with your tattoo as before? Lasers are a safe way to remove tattoos. Undergoing this procedure for tattoo removal is efficient, and effective. They can be used in any skin type and remove all kinds of tattoos, no matter how stubborn. During this procedure, the tattoo ink is broken down into smaller particles. Your body’s natural process eliminates these tiny particles, leading to a faster clearance compared to other forms of tattoo removal procedures.
Which laser is effective for tattoo removal?An effective treatment for tattoo removal should be able to break down tattoo ink properly with high powered beams in short pulses. The high beams effectively shatter tattoo ink particles, while short pulses lessen the damage to the surrounding skin. PicoPlus and other Pico lasers are advanced tattoo removal laser procedures that deliver powerful short pulses of laser energy. They are able to remove tattoo fast and effectively with fewer treatments compared to other traditional laser tattoo removal treatments.
How long does a tattoo take to fade after laser?
Can you get skin cancer from laser hair removal?Laser hair removal is generally safe for most people, and it isn’t linked to any long-term side effects. This doesn’t cause cancer; in fact, this procedure is even linked to treating precancerous lesions. The light energy is designed to only target and destroy the hair follicles. While the radiation used is minimal and is targeted only on the skin’s surface. It doesn’t penetrate deep into the skin and doesn’t reach any internal organs.
How permanent is laser hair removal?
Laser hair removal damages and destroys the hair follicles, making new hair stop from growing. For the destroyed follicles, hair removal is permanent. However, for some hair follicles that are only damaged and not destroyed, hair may still grow back but much lighter and fewer in number. Lasers are more of a long-term hair removal procedure rather than permanent.
What’s the difference between IPL and laser for hair removal?
Both treatments reduce hair growth through the energy they produce. Both their powers disrupt the growth cycle of hair follicles leading to long-term hair removal. Although they work in similar ways, IPL and laser hair removal have a small difference with the device they use.
IPL uses a broad spectrum of visible light which targets pigment in the hairs. The light energy and heat are absorbed, which warms the hair; this damages the hair follicles. Laser hair removal, on the other hand, heats and damages hair through a concentrated blast of light energy.
Side Effects and Downtime
Treatments with the use of laser on the skin and body may have side effects in some patients. However, these are only minor and temporary. Common side effects are swelling, redness, and mild irritation. In some rare cases, side effects such as scarring, burning, and changes in pigmentation occur. It is best to consult a trained and experienced doctor to decrease the risk of these side effects from happening.
Laser Treatment Singapore Price
The price of laser treatments in Singapore varies between the types of laser and the purpose of the treatment. Each type of laser treatment has their own wavelength which are usually suited for treating only one condition. For instance, a laser treatment like Pico Laser can show amazing improvements for pigmentation but won’t be as effective for spider veins.
Here’s a list of average price/ cost of laser treatments per session:
Pigmentation Laser Treatment Price in Singapore
- Pico Lasers, such as PicoPlus, are great from removing brown spots and tattoos. This cost around $200-$700 per session.
- Long-pulse Yellow Lasers, such as Pro Yellow, effectively reduces brown spots, red spots, redness, and tattoos. This cost around $200-$600
- Q-switch Lasers, which are also effective for reducing brown spots and tattoos, cost around $50-$400.
- Combination Long-pulse Lasers are great treatments for reducing blood vessels, red spots, and redness. This cost around $300-$800/ session.
Hair Removal Laser Price in Singapore
- IPL Hair Removal can be used for both hair removal and reduction of brown spots. This cost around $50-$200 per area
- Long-pulse visible light lasers cost around $200-$500
- Long-pulse ND:Yag is a great hair removal treatment for all skin types. This treatment cost around $200-$500
Fractional Resurfacing Laser Treatment Price in Singapore
- Ablative resurfacing laser treatments, such as EDGE CO2 laser and Erbium laser, helps treat a number of skin conditions. They are effective for wrinkles, acne scars, skin tightening, pores, skin smoothing, and pigmentation. This cost around $300-$1200/ session.
- Non-ablative resurfacing laser treatments, such as INFINI and Fraxel Dual, are great for treating wrinkles, acne scars, skin tightening, pores, and skin smoothing. This cost around $300-$1500/ session in Singapore.
Non-Fractional Resurfacing Laser Treatment Price in Singapore
- High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatments, such as Ultraformer HIFU and Ulthera, effectively targets wrinkles and sagging skin. They are also used for skin tightening and facelifting. This costs around $800-$5000/ session.
- Jet puncture resurfacing, such as Enerjet and Airjet, is used in scars, wrinkles, and for facelifting. This cost around $500-$1500/session.
- Radiofrequency is known for effectively treating wrinkles and is used for skin tightening and facelift. This cost around $400-$5000
- Plasma resurfacing is used for targeting wrinkles, pigmentations, pores, scars, and skin tightening. This cost around $400-$3000 depending on the area being treated.
- Long pulse ND:Yag is a treatment for wrinkles, skin tightening, and facelift. This cost from $400-$1000
- Quasi-long pulsed Nd:YAG treatment costs around $200-$700
For more details, contact us regarding Laser Treatment Singapore prices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Laser Safe for the Face?
Yes, as lasers do not supply UV rays, which means they’re clear from giving sun damage or sunspots. The light energy and heat used are only designed to reach the skin’s surface and do not go more in-depth. New skin cells are developed layer by layer, which gives a tighter, younger looking face. Although these treatments are generally safe, it is recommended to get yours from a skilled and experienced specialist to lessen the risks of side effects.
Does Laser Cause Cancer?
Laser rejuvenation do not cause cancer, as they are generally safe. In fact, some treatments that use lasers are utilised for treating pre-cancerous lesions, which reduces the risk of skin cancer.
Is Laser Radiation Harmful?
The radiation emitted by lasers in the form of light is not harmful. They only behave as ordinary light when it interacts with the body. Laser radiation should not be compared with radio waves, ionizing x rays, or radiation from radioactive substances.
Does Laser Treatment Damage the Skin?
Some treatments that uses lasers come with mild side effects such as redness and swelling, which are just temporary. Before undergoing one of these treatments, it is best to have yourself consulted to be sure you’re the right candidate. Make it a point to have your treatments also done by an experienced and skilled doctor.
Who are good Candidates for Laser Treatments?
This treatment is not for everyone. It’s important to consult your doctor first. Specialists are able to determine whether you’re right for this treatment after considering your health condition and desired results. Patients with certain skin tones, skin types, and medical conditions may risk experiencing side effects.
A good candidate for skin treatment that uses lasers are generally those who are fair skinned. People with severe acne cases and have very dark skin may not be good candidates. As for laser hair removal, the best candidates are patients who have pale skin and dark hair color. The contrast between the light and dark color allows the melanin to be targeted much easier unlike individuals who have darker skin tone.