Surgical face lifts and other invasive aesthetic treatments are slowly fading into the past. Replacing it on the scene are the different laser and light treatments you can get.
Several Singapore doctors, salons and studios offer a variety of options – from healing acne scars to removing pigment and more. It’s not Star Wars science fiction; It’s just science! There are more new technologies that are affordable than ever before. Check out this list of primo places for laser treatments in Singapore to up your skin game.
1. The Aesthetic Studio
This studio features a laser technology “made for Asians by Asians.” The Lutronic Picoplus Laser is FDA-approved and alive and well here in Singapore. The laser uses four wavelengths of light and three depths of resurfacing that can treat melasma, a darkening of the skin due to hormone therapy, pregnancy and excessive UV exposure.
This combo allows flexibility and more thorough treatment for natural pigment and even tattoo removal. The pulse duration of the laser is 450 picoseconds, hence the name. The procedure literally explodes the pigment without causing peeling or discomfort, which is called cold rejuvenation.
Cost: Approximately $450
The Aesthetic Studio
Address: 3 Mount Elizabeth, #12-08 Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, 228510
Tel: 6737 1100
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Sat.); Closed on Sundays.
2. Mendis Aesthetics Clinic
This Orchard Road clinic has the Mosaic skin regeneration laser treatment, which is good for scars (acne, surgical, trauma, stretch marks), is a 20 to 30 minute that uses fractional resurfacing technology to rejuvenate the skin. It reduces wrinkles and scarring and helps restore aging and skin damaged by the sun.
According to the Mendis’ website, the treatment “delivers thousands of microscopic laser beams to the skin that work on both the surface and deeper layers of the skin, dramatically improving skin texture, tone and coloration.” The laser goes deep but does not affect surrounding (outside) tissue, giving good results in a few sessions and minimal downtime. It’s fast, too – only 10 to 15 minutes of the laser procedure and then a calming gel application for 20.
The clinic recommends follow up once or twice a year to keep the collagen and dermal elastin fibres flowing.
Cost: Between $500 to $1,000, depending on Dr. Mendis’s recommendation.
Mendis Aesthetics Clinic
Address: 333A, #04-17 Orchard Rd., Mandarin Orchard Singapore, 238897
Tel: 6235 1728
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sat.); Closed on Sundays.
3. Porcelain The Face Spa
Porcelain, located in Chinatown Complex, has few “zap” treatments that use IPL (intensive pulsed light) to manage skin conditions from aging to acne. The ZitZap treatments calls acnes it’s nemesis, as it uses a selection of pulsating light to zap away zits and the bacteria that causes them. It extracts and heals at the same time.
Meanwhile, the Illumizap treatment is an 105-minute facial that includes several steps, such as cleansing, Oxy-diamond microdermabrasion, Vino-therapy (yep, wine), OxyPulse massage, the ZapGlow/ZapBright laser light therapy, hyperbaric oxygen infusion, a mask, massage, and moisturizing. Benefits include lightening and smoothing skin, refining poor, reducing wrinkles, firming and skin healing.
Cost: From $212 to $425
Porcelain The Face Spa
Address: 15 Cantonment Rd., 089739
Tel: 6227 9692
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.), 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Sat. + Sun.)
4. The Belle Clinic
Hit the red carpet after getting this Hollywood Laser Peel. It promises radiant, glowing skin perfect for an upcoming event, or to improve aged, sun-damaged skin. A gentle, yet powerful, treatment, it can boost your youthful appearance in only one treatment.
The Hollywood Laser Peel uses an FDA-approved laser that targets the melanin cells that cause pigmentation. The heat stimulates collagen production, which is what makes your skin supple and smooth. After a numbing cream is applied, along with a Spectra Carbon Lotion that activates the pigment blast as the laser passes over the skin. You might hear a laser “snap” sound, but your skin will “pop” afterwards.
Cost: Approximately $500
The Belle Clinic
Address: SBF Medical Centre, #03-02, 160 Robinson Rd., 068914
Tel: 6444 8108
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Sat.); Closed on Sundays.
5. The Wellness Clinic
Battling eye bags doesn’t have to be a lifelong process. The Wellness Clinic has a laser treatment that reduces the fat under the eye. The TWC 3-D Eyebag Removal uses a combination of a high-intensity focused radio-frequency-guided energy and a subdermal cannula (laser) to target the fat, which produces a visible reduction under the eye.
Your peepers will be ready to go in less than a week with no long-term side effects. The bonus of removing fat from below the eye is that it won’t regenerate, unlike fat in the body. So, it’s one and one.
Cost: Approximately $1,500
The Wellness Clinic
Address: 501 Orchard Rd., #04-01 Wheelock Place, 238880
Tel: 6732 0812
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Sat.); Closed on Sundays.
6. SW1 Clinic
SW1 offers several laser and light services, such as the Forever Clear BBL, which treats acne and acne scarring. The 30-minute treatment uses Broad Band Light, another version of IPL (intense pulsed light), to treat acnes outbreaks, promote clear skin, fade blemishes and minimize pores. This can be an alternative to using medications like Accutane or long-term antibiotics.
The shorter wavelengths of BBL, in the blue-light spectrum, destroy p-acne bacteria on the surface and in the sebaceous gland. P-acne bacteria is the root cause of acne and BBL can halt its effects on your face with it’s propriety broadband light in the blue and redness spectrum. This treatment can be combined with SW1’s Vbeam Perfecta laser, as well as a good skincare program for effective acne treatment, management and prevention.
Cost: Approximately $642, though you can get a package of sessions.
Address: 290 Orchard Rd., #13-01/2/3/4/5/6, Paragon Shopping Centre, 238859
Tel: 6817 8888
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sat. + Sun.)
7. W Aesthetic
You gotta love this name: Laser Genesis. The procedure, for the face and neck (and also scars elsewhere), may take four to five treatments. But the overall results are in no short order.
You’ll have a more youthful complexion, as skin textures due to aging and damage will smooth out, pores reduce and minor imperfections diminish. A bonus is that is can reduce redness on the nose, forehead and cheeks caused by dilated capillaries, also known as rosacea.
Cost: From $500 to $600 for Laser Genesis (or get a 6-session package with IPL treatment for $2,800)
Address: 38 Irrawaddy Rd., #06-28/29 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, 329563
Tel: 6570 2528
Opening hours: Call to make an appointment.
8. Amaris B
This Arab Street clinic features a broad range of laser treatments for skin issues. One of particular note is its Pico Tattoo Laser treatment. The FDA-approved Pico laser shows up again on the list, this time to combat the pigment in tattoos for those who want to get rid of one (or three!).
Amari B’s website says that, while tattoos have become a popular art form over the years, the removal demand has gone up over 400-percent! That’s a lot of regret. While the laser breaks up the tattoo pigment, white blood cells collect the ink and filter it through the liver for disposal. And because the laser moves in short bursts so fast, 450 picoseconds, to be exact, it doesn’t damage the surrounding skin. That means faster recovery and even skin texture is improved. Customers should be prepared to do several sessions (up to six) for total tattoo removal.
Cost: From $188 depending on size of tattoo.
Address: 140 Arab St., 199827
Tel: 6817 4303
Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.), 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sat.); Closed on Sundays.
9. Cutis Medical Laser Clinics
Cutis Medical Laser Clinics certainly have the name right. While they have a variety of different laser services for the face and body, one that stands out from other clinics is its vein treatment. Unsightly veins on the face can go bye bye with the Cutera Laser Vein reduction.
The Cutera CoolGlide Laser zaps veins with pulses of light, which cause the blood to coagulate. It eventually destroys the blood vessel and is reabsorbed by your skin. This redirects the blood to deeper veins so you can’t see them. The clinic uses a topical anaesthetic to help lessen any stinging sensation.
Cost: From $1,590 for full-face 5-month treatment package.
Cutis Medical Laser Clinics
Address: 9 Scotts Rd.,#08-07 Scotts Medical Centre, Pacific Plaza, 228210
Tel: 6801 4000
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sat.); Closed on Sundays.
EstheClinic has a treatment that addresses a worldwide problem for women of all ages: Stretch marks. Their Intensive Stretch Mark Removal Programme combines LED Photomodulation technology, a Low Level Laser therapy (LLLT) and Thermo-controlled Radiofrequency to flatten and fade the areas in need. Because the sessions are painless, there is no downtime.
The LED encourages cellular regeneration, stimulating collagen production, which reduces fine lines and accelerates healing, while the radiofrequency tightens and reduces cellulite in the skin. After treatments, skin is smooth and has more elasticity, rather than droops, lines and sags.
Cost: From $144 per session (for stretch mark removal)
Address: Multiple locations, see website
Tel: See website
Opening hours: See website
By Andrea McKenna Brankin, August 2021