Fractional Laser Treatment in Singapore: Before, During & After
We’re having a fan moment with Fraxel Lasers here in Singapore! This rave treatment is one of the best ways to achieve better skin texture and also offers a spew of anti-ageing benefits. If you are new to laser treatment, we’ve listed down all the essentials about Fraxel Lasers, what to expect and whether it’s for you.
What are Fractional Lasers?
Fractional laser employs a device to deliver microscopic laser beams to target a fraction of your skin at a time. Think of it like building a jigsaw puzzle: the puzzle is to achieve soft, smooth skin, whereas the pieces are laser beams. Little by little, the pieces build up to form the whole puzzle, so you can revel in its beauty.
Fractional laser treatments are popular because they give you the best of both worlds with laser treatments. Fractional lasers have bridged the gap between ablative and non-ablative lasers by providing a comprehensive approach to damaged and ageing skin. Ablative lasers focus entirely on the skin’s surface, while non-ablative lasers target the middle layer. But with fractional laser, these two layers (and even deeper ones) can get well-deserved attention and care. This treatment, interchangeably called Fraxel laser, erases blemishes, scars, fine wrinkles, UV damage, and hyperpigmentation. Aside from its anti-ageing benefits, it also helps brighten and revitalise the skin. Fraxel laser works on any body part, including the neck, chest, hands, legs, and face.
The Timeline for Fractional Laser Treatment
Like any other cosmetic treatment, Fraxel laser has a thorough process. To help you better prepare for your treatment, we’ve given a breakdown of the timeline as well as what to expect:
Before the Treatment
Preparing your skin before heading into your fractional laser appointment is crucial. This way, you can fully reap the benefits, and the procedure will go on seamlessly. Don’t worry, though – it doesn’t require an intensive pre-treatment routine, but we want you to take note of the following:
● Stop using acne treatments, especially topical retinoids, at least three weeks before treatment.
● Check for any large breakouts, open sores, or infections on your face. The laser may irritate these!
● On the day of the therapy, avoid caffeine and alcohol. Instead, focus on eating a light and healthy meal!
● Stay out of the sun as much as possible, and do not get a tan before your treatment. Tanned skin is harder to treat since it’s more prone to hyperpigmentation. Always wear your sunscreen if you’re going out to protect your skin from the sun.
● Stop smoking and avoid any products that contain nicotine or tobacco a few weeks before your appointment. Smoking raises your chances of treatment complications and restricts blood flow, so it’s a big no!
Before your dermatologist or aesthetician begins the procedure, they will apply a topical numbing cream. This will help reduce any discomfort or pain you may feel because of the laser.
During the Treatment
Fraxel laser Singapore treatments work from the inside out. These employ small, non-invasive lasers to create thermal destruction in your skin. This will push the skin to produce more collagen and elastin and replace old, damaged skin. The lasers will work on a small fraction of your skin at a time (hence the name fractional). The procedure lasts for about 15 to 20 minutes, as the laser wand will go over each area twice or thrice.
Since this treatment uses laser beams, you may feel a slight discomfort because of the heat, especially as it intensifies with each pass.
After the Treatment
We’ll dive in straight away – your face might be very red, dry, and sensitive after a Fraxel laser Singapore treatment.
Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser for the first few days following treatment (no face scrubs!). Then, follow it up with a lightweight moisturiser three to four times a day. Don’t forget to wear your SPF to protect your extra-sensitive skin from the sun! It’s also important to avoid using any harsh or prescription acne products for at least a week.
To help relieve your skin, you can create a 50/50 mixture of whole milk and ice water. The lactic acid and fat will help repair your skin, while the cold water can soothe the heat. Soak a clean, soft washcloth in this mixture and use it as a compress for your skin.
It’s also worth mentioning that fractional laser treatments come with downtime: at least three to five days. Clear out your schedule for the entire week, so your skin can fully recuperate. And if you’re looking for another excuse to skip the gym, this is it!
Results and Maintenance of Fractional Laser
Fractional laser can give your rejuvenated, smoother skin free of wrinkles, uneven spots, and scars. However, it’s not a one-and-done procedure as you’ll have to undergo three to six sessions before you achieve your desired results. Your dermatologist or aesthetician will analyse your skin and tell you how many sessions it will take for you to achieve the treatment’s full effect.
About the Author – Dr Michelle Lim
Dr Michelle Lim obtained her medical degree at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2009. After this, she completed her Ophthalmology apprenticeship at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne where she also undertook her postgraduate clinical research fellowship in retinal vascular disease. Dr Lim trained intensively as an eye surgeon at the Singapore National Eye Centre and has a special interest in microsurgery and general ophthalmic procedures including cataract, refractive, glaucoma, cornea, retina, neuro-ophthalmology and oculoplastic.
With this specialized background in Ophthalmology, Dr Lim brings attention to detail and key surgical finesse to aesthetic procedures: from rejuvenating lasers to anti-wrinkle injections to peri-orbital fillers. Her sense of aesthetics also extends to other parts of the face and body as she has a keen eye for detail and an appreciation for the artistry of facial aesthetics.