Laser 101: What Laser Treatments Do I Need for My Skin Troubles? | SW1 Clinic

Laser 101: What Laser Treatments Do I Need for My Skin Troubles?

 In ACNE, AESTHETIC TREATMENTS, ANTI AGING, Beauty, BEAUTY PROBLEMS, FACE, LASER, REDNESS, SCARS, SKIN, SKINCARE, WRINKLES

Be it acne, pigmentation or skin rejuvenation – if we had a dollar for every laser we’d ever been offered, our skin would definitely tell a different story! Lasers are great tools to achieve certain results, but each of these are meant to tackle different skin troubles. Should you want to arm yourself with the right information before you head to your aesthetician next, read on. These are the answers to commonly asked questions on lasers and the skin issues they can resolve. 

Can lasers actually work for redness? Will this not further harm my skin?

Redness of skin can result from a number of things. Sun damage, hormones, alcohol flushing or rosacea can be common culprits for red skin. And while topical medication can be prescribed to manage some of it, chances are you have been offered laser procedures to help too. Rest assured, your doctor has your skin’s best interests in mind! Laser therapy can help eliminate blood vessels while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged. 

The gold standard in reducing redness, VBeam Perfecta is the most advanced form of Pulsed Dye Laser Technology. This latest generation multi-tasking laser can resolve a number of issues such as pigmentation, acne, and scars along with redness of skin. 

This gentle laser takes only half an hour but will need repeat sessions. On average the treatment can be done every 2-4 weeks, with removal of broken capillaries needing 2-4 sessions, and clearing of acne and scars close to 6 sessions for optimal effect.

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What about pigmentation? Can lasers help with this?

If you’ve got pigmentation issues, laser treatments rank very high on efficacy and quick results. The Pico Discovery Plus is perhaps the most powerful laser in the market and comes equipped with 3 different laser wavelengths.  It has been studied in many clinical trials and has been very successful in the treatment of pigmentation disorders and even removal of tattoos.

Following a Pico Discovery Plus treatment, there will be mild flushing of the treated area (which resolves in a few hours), with localised redness lasting a few days. For more resistant spots, you may need spot treatments periodically. Your doctor will likely ask for the treatment to be repeated every 1 to 4 weeks, depending on the type, extent and severity of your pigmentation. 

I have been considering using laser therapy to get rid of my keloid scars. What is the recommended route for this?

Another one of laser’s many powers lie in their ability to reduce scarring, including those from keloids. SmartX is the gold standard in laser resurfacing for people looking for ultimate facial rejuvenation treatment available and removal of scars. 

SmartX micro-resurfacing laser combines advanced fractional CO2 technology with a high-speed computer scanner to deliver a precise matrix of microlaser pulses which erase skin imperfections and activate skin rejuvenation, while facilitating rapid skin healing. Think of it as a super-precise photoshop brush. Deep, long lasting and immediate results are achieved without any side effects, risks and downtime that comes with ablative lasers.

There’s more! The benefits of the treatment don’t just stop there. With an immediate lifting effect of the skin, you’ll start seeing a secondary skin rebirth, that allows for new collagen to be produced over the course of the time!

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What if I’m after a general facial that gives me overall skin rejuvenation? 

If it’s just a facial you are after, there’s plenty of help available from lasers too. Forever Young BBL aka the next generation of IPL, uses short blasts of high-intensity light to produce younger-looking skin that’s firmer and more even in tone and texture. Not only does this quick treatment rejuvenate and brighten skin, it also takes care of enlarged pores in the process.

Typically not needing more than 30 minutes of your time, the treatment area is first numbered with a cold gel followed by a glass prism through which intense light is flashed through. If you do want to see dramatic improvement, we would suggest performing Forever Young BBL treatments every 3 to 4 weeks.

Regardless of why you are considering laser treatments, make sure you do your homework by choosing an experienced doctor. Not only will the right aesthetician know how to control laser beams based on your skin conditions, sensitivity and pain threshold; they will also be able to manage any extreme redness or reactions immediately. 

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