Everything you need to know about laser facials
Recently, doctors have been turning to lasers more and more to treat skin conditions such as acne, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, lines, freckles, wrinkles, and even scars. Laser facial technology has been improving steadily over the years and is now a common solution to give patients the flawless, glowing skin they desire.
However, there is no one laser than can treat any and all imperfections in one sitting. There are a large number of laser facial treatments available in Singapore alone, and it can be overwhelming to sift through all the information out there. This article will help guide you to the kind of laser facial best suited to treat your specific skin conditions. We will cover everything from how long it will take to see results to the risks involved with laser facials. Keep reading to learn all you need to know about laser facial treatments in Singapore!
The basics of Laser Facials
Lasers are concentrated beams of light that send energy to the skin in short bursts as small as a nanometer. Different lasers are designed to specially treat different skin problems. Each laser has different settings that can be used to change the frequency or wavelength of the energy beams to best treat different areas. Long wavelengths can penetrate deep into the skin and address problems that arise from those layers, whereas short wavelengths are better for treating surface imperfections.
What kinds of lasers are used?
There are two main types of lasers: ablative and non-ablative. Below is a comparison of the two.
|Type of laser||Description||Treatment names||Review|
|Ablative Lasers||This type of laser is used to resurface the skin. Procedures using ablative lasers are invasive and more aggressive than non-ablative. This treatment works well for middle-aged people who want to correct sagging skin and wrinkles. Ablative lasers work by eliminating the outer dermal layer to promote the production of new collagen and skin cells. The recovery period for this type of procedure is about 7 to 14 days.||
||This type of laser is best for treating conditions such as acne scars, wrinkles, enlarged pores, and mild pigmentation.|
|Non-ablative Lasers||This treatment is best for younger people. This laser works by sending energetic beams of light to the skin that penetrate to the deeper layers and promote collagen production. These lasers are gentler than ablative lasers and do not remove the top layer of skin, or damage the tissue surrounding the treatment area. Because they are non-invasive, there is no downtime required after treatment.||
||These lasers are best for treating acne scars, smoothing skin texture, tightening pores, and lightening dark spots.|
What is a suitable age to begin laser facial treatments?
In Singapore, patients usually begin receiving treatments when they are 25 years old, as the skin begins to show symptoms of aging. Some patients with significant acne problems can go in for treatment during their teenage years, around 16 or 17. Older patients can start treatment whenever they feel they need it, even if they haven’t been receiving laser facials since their 20s.
Which type of treatment is right for me and my skin conditions?
Many patients have multiple skin problems they hope to address with laser facials. Before undergoing the procedure, patients will meet with a doctor for a consultation to decide which kind of laser treatment will best treat their specific conditions. It is important to tell your doctor what your desired results are so they can tailor the treatment to match those results. This is also a good time to let your doctor know if you have sensitive skin or any worries or concerns about laser facial treatments.
What happens during the laser facial procedure?
Before the procedure begins, your face will be cleaned thoroughly to remove any dirt or makeup residue. You might have a numbing cream applied to your skin if you have a low pain tolerance, to minimize the discomfort from the lasers. The numbness should take effect within 15 to 20 minutes, and at this point your doctor will apply the laser to treat your skin.
Is it painful?
The lasers can cause a tingling or prickling feeling on your skin, which is sometimes likened to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against your face. You shouldn’t feel much pain, especially if a numbing cream is used. The pain level of the procedure also depends on the type of laser used. An ablative laser is more painful, so for significant resurfacing work that uses CO2 or Erbium YAG lasers, your doctor may also apply a local anesthetic so you won’t feel it at all.
How long does the procedure take?
The actual procedure itself (not including the consultation) can be done very quickly, often within 30 minutes. These treatments are sometimes called “lunchtime facials” to demonstrate how quick and convenient they are.
How many sessions are required before I see results?
Most patients require several sessions before they start to see significant improvement. Non-ablative lasers especially can require multiple treatments to get the desired results, as they are a gentler procedure. After the first session, another treatment can be scheduled for three to six weeks later.
Are there any risks or side effects of laser facials?
Ablative lasers carry a higher risk of side effects than non-ablative lasers, because they are more invasive and aggressive. Here is a breakdown of the possible side effects for each type of laser treatment.
|Type of laser||Possible side effects|
What is the aftercare process like?
You will not be prescribed any oral medication to take after the procedure. If you are already taking something, you should tell you doctor what you take before undergoing treatment.
You should always protect your skin from sun damage by wearing sunblock, but following laser facial treatment you should also use a hat or an umbrella to block sunlight from reaching your face at all. Keeping your skin protected and hydrated is very important for the skin’s healing process, and it is completely necessary to achieve your desired results.
How much does laser facial treatment cost?
The price of treatment varies depending on the severity of your condition and what kind of treatment you will require. Clinics do not all have the same set rate, but one treatment session will usually cost around $500.
What should I look for in an aesthetic professional or skin specialist administering the treatment?
The devices used in laser facial treatments are powerful and must only be used by reputable and specially trained individuals. It’s a good idea to ask friends and family who have undergone laser treatment if they can recommend someone.
Should also do some research on your own. While time-consuming, it will be worth it in the end when you have your desired results. There are many resources available online to find the best and most reputable clinics in Singapore. Always ask to see before and after photos of a doctor’s work, and make sure that you feel comfortable with your service provider during the consultation. This is an important procedure, and you want to make sure it is done right and to the highest standard.