The use of laser treatment on the skin is rapidly advancing and ever-changing. Laser treatments are commonly the first thing that comes to people’s mind when they have clinical and aesthetic concerns such as facial rejuvenation, mole removal, pigment lightening, scar improvement and improving facial redness and vascularity.
Since Dr Goldman, the father of dermatologic laser surgery, published his first work on the use of a laser on skin diseases in 1963, there has been a greater understanding of skin’s clinical response to laser treatment. Today, dermatologists are able to use better and more powerful lasers to treat more clinical problems and to improve clinical outcome.
LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It is an intense beam of light tuned to a single specific wavelength (colour) and travels in a single direction. Laser offers dermatologist a unique tool to destroy the intended target in the skin and yet leaves the surrounding tissue minimally damaged.
Similarly, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), has the ability to specifically treat blood vessels, pigmentation and stimulate new collagen formation.
Although laser is fascinating, it is not a magic bullet that can solve all skin problems. Laser surgery is only as good as the doctor who uses it and skin laser therapy is not without risk.
Pigment lightening or removal
Q-switch ND-YAG lasers e.g. Helios III or Picosecond lasers are currently the common lasers used for pigment removal treatment. Using these lasers on correctly diagnosed skin pigmentation e.g. freckles, sun spots and melasma often produce excellent results. It is usually minimal or no downtime at all.
Laser toning with Helios III or IPL treatments with M22 OPT lighten the appearance of facial pigmentation and give one a refreshing look. In addition, it improves skin texture, reduces the tiny blood vessels and redness of rosacea. Increasingly, people are doing facial rejuvenation treatment with laser toning or IPL regularly at a monthly or bi-monthly interval to keep their skin looking dewy and bright!
IPL or long pulse YAG laser treatments help to reduce annoying and unwanted hair for both men and women. “Permanent hair removal” can be achieved with a series of such light or laser treatments.
Laser Tattoo Removal
Using specific pigment laser e.g. Helios III or Picosecond laser, red, blue and black ink tattoos can be safely and effectively lightened or removed after multiple sessions of laser treatments. However, green tattoos can only be removed using the Alexandrite laser.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) laser
Fractional CO2 ablative laser is the common approach to treating acne scars as well as for skin rejuvenation. They are also used for superficial skin cancer e.g. BCC and benign skin growths. CO2 laser also makes shallow cuts and seal the bleeding vessels and is useful in some skin surgery e.g. circumcision.
Vascular Laser Treatment
Vascular laser damages the blood vessel wall and causes the walls to stick together. This will empty all the blood within the lumen, leading to their removal. Some of the skin conditions that respond well to vascular laser treatment e.g., superficial facial redness, Rosacea, Port Wine Stains, hemangiomas and hypertrophic scar.
Do you want to find out whether your skin concerns can be removed by laser treatment? Call us at 66941121 to make an appointment with our dermatologist Dr Wong Soon Tee.