Struggling with fine lines, sagging skin, large pores? There’s light at the end of the tunnel — more specifically, laser light. Laser resurfacing uses very focused and precise beams of light to treat a number of skin conditions. It removes the damaged skin, and stimulates the inner skin layers to produce more collagen.
Fine lines and wrinkles
Anti-ageing creams can help slow down collagen loss and temporarily plump up the skin to hide fine lines and wrinkles. But for more dramatic results, you can combine skincare with laser resurfacing.
Resurfacing lasers break down damaged collagen, which sends your body into “healing” mode. It whips up a new batch of collagen, which then makes your skin firmer and younger-looking.
Many 40+ Hollywood celebs — including Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian — have credited laser resurfacing treatments for their age-defying looks.
Spots and pigmentation problems
Old acne marks, melasma, birthmarks or even the tattoo you regret — lasers can zap them away.
Lasers shatter the pigment deposits, essentially burning off the dark spots in a very controlled and precise way. It can target even marks in deeper skin layers — which is why it can fade acne marks that don’t respond to topical creams.
However, lasers aren’t a “one size fits all” solution. Doctors will choose the best kind of laser and the right laser frequency for your particular pigmentation problem. And using the wrong lasers can lead to inflammation, confuse hyperpigmentation with healthy darker cells, or lead to hypopigmentation (patches of skin that are lighter than your overall skin tone). That’s why it’s important to go to a doctor you can trust!
Spider veins are caused by damaged blood vessels. They can appear on the legs and the face, and usually look blue or purple. Unlike varicose veins, they are usually very thin and are flat.
Lasers remove spider veins by generating heat that destroy the damaged blood vessels. While the idea of bursting a blood vessel can sound scary, it is generally safe and painless. You’ll only feel a light stinging(like a mild sunburn) that goes away after a few hours.
If you plan to get laser treatments for spider veins, stop taking aspirin and herbal supplements to avoid risk of excessive bleeding.
Many celebrities and beauty influencers have proudly shown off their before-and-after pics from their resurfacing laser treatment for acne scars.
Lasers can break down the dark pigments, reduce rendess so scars look more like the rest of your skin, or stimulate collagen to fill up icepick scars.
Different lasers produce different results, and doctors may combine treatments depending on your skin condition. For example, Katie Becker — a writer for Elle magazine — said her dermatologist used a Yd:yag laser with IPL (intense pulsed light) to calm down the overall redness and breakouts on her cheeks and chin. Other writers said their doctors recommend a combination of fractional laser and peels to smoothen skin that had pock marks and large pores.
As collagen and elastin levels go down, our skin sags and makes our pores look larger. Toner, mask, and beauty hacks like pressing an ice cube against yout face) can temporarily close pores, but if you want to wake up with tight, firm and smooth skin you need to go to the root of the problem. The issue is collagen and elastin — and laser resurfacing can help.
Get laser resurfacing in Singapore
Check out aesthetic clinics and credited, experienced dermatologists and doctors who are board-certified and experienced. Go to the Beauty Insider directory to find Singapore laser resurfacing treatments near you.