Our Q-switched laser treatment can help you target various skin problems such as pigmentation, acne, tattoos, and melasma. When the light hits the surface of the skin, it shatters the pigmented lesions, which are later removed by the system. The machine has different settings and wavelengths, enabling the operator to create a customised treatment plan.
Before the procedure begins, Dr Shens will have a discussion with you to determine your goals. He will evaluate your skin, which will allow him to create a personalised treatment plan that corresponds to your unique needs.
Your skin will then be cleansed. No numbing is needed. Dr Shens will set the laser device to a depth that is most suitable for you and then pass it over your face. A beam of light and heat will hit your skin targeting the excess melanin. The rest of the surface will be spared.
The duration of the treatment is about 30 minutes for most patients, which makes it perfect for your lunch break. As to how many sessions are needed, this depends on a few things such as the depth, the age, and the type of pigmentation lesions you want to treat.
For the most part, age spots can be eliminated with a total of 1-3 sessions, while deeper pigmentations will take 5-10 visits to the dermatologist’s cabinet.
To sustain the results and prevent new pigmentation from forming, you can have maintenance sessions every 4-5 months.
The recovery from a session with a Q-switch laser takes between 7 and 10 days. The treated skin will first develop some redness and scabs that will eventually go away. It’s more common with sensitive skin types but everyone responds to the treatment differently. Despite that, there is no downtime with this procedure. You can go back to your activities right away.
During this phase, try not to pick at your skin. Let the scabs heal on their own. It’s recommended that you stay away from the sun but if that’s not an option, then sunscreen should be applied religiously. On that note, you should put away any retinol treatments for at least a week prior to and after the treatment.
All skin types will benefit from this treatment. The good news is that darker skin tones are also eligible. So, while with other laser treatments, dark skin patients run the risk of complications, they are totally safe with this procedure.
At first, the skin may appear darker than it is. There might be redness with more sensitive skins. Scabbing will develop in the treated areas. Don’t worry about it. This is normal and temporary. It should resolve within a few days post-treatment.
Whether you should have a Q-switched laser, other laser therapies, or an entirely different skin treatment is generally determined via skin assessment. This is done by our skilled and experienced staff. Of course, your wants and needs will be taken into account.