LASER is an abbreviation for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. In short, laser is the use of high intensity light energy to target an area of interest, in this case the skin problem. Medical laser can be used to treat various skin problems, including wrinkle reduction, pore tightening, scar removal, varicose vein removal, inflammation reduction, freckle reduction, melasma reduction, tattoo removal, birthmark removal, hair removal, wart removal, and many other applications. Laser resurfacing peels away the unwanted epidermis layer of the skin, leaving less visible wrinkles. Thermal energy from the laser can stimulate contraction of the collagen fiber, smoothing the skin’s texture as well as increasing collagen synthesis, which also helps in reducing pore’s size and rejuvenating the skin. Our physicians would selectively choose the type of laser and the appropriate energy level to solve each problem specifically.
Soprano is a diode laser designed to inhibit hair growth cycle. It can also treat Keratosis pilaris, or colloquially “chicken skin”, which is a common follicular condition characterized by the appearance of rough, slightly red, bumps on the skin. Soprano laser gently heats up the skin, targeting the root of hair follicle. Repetitive treatment weakens the follicle, causing the hair to fall out. Usually, hairs in the treated area would naturally fall out within the first week of the laser session. It is recommended not to pull the hairs by forces. Continuous sessions of 8 to 12 times would yield a satisfactory result of up to 90% hair loss.
Q-Switch ND:Yag Laser
Q-Switch ND:Yag is another type of medical laser which usually is set to release pulses of intense light energy in a very brief period of time. Different wavelengths are suitable for different applications, including removal and reduction of melasma, freckle, dark spot, or tattoo. It can also brighten up the upper and lower lip. Q-Switch ND:Yag laser releases a certain frequency of electromagnetic wave which specifically targets melanin, the black pigment in the dermis layer of the skin. These pigments are dissipated and eliminated essentially after treatment. Such skin problems can gradually be managed with continuous treatment sessions. The number of sessions varies for different skin problem, which may require 5 to 15 sessions.
FINE SCAN LASER
Fine scan laser is a novel non-abrasive fractional laser which minimally harms the skin. Energy generated from this type of laser targets into the deep layer of the skin, stimulating growth of new collagen and skin cells. It is commonly used to treat stretch marks, tighten pores, acne scars, dark spots, and fine lines. After treatment, the skin may become slightly red for a couple of days, followed by shedding of the skin. After one or two week post treatment, the skin will become brighter and dark spot may become less visible due to the new skin formation. Regular session interval is at least one month.
Scarlet Fractional RF
Unlike most conventional medical laser in the past decades, Scarlet implements a much more advanced technology of fractional RF to treat skin problems. RF, standing for radio frequency, focuses its energy very accurately into the deep layer of the skin without damaging the upper skin layer. Thermal energy is delivered through extremely fine needles which are inserted into the cutaneous layer, stimulating 4 essential components of the skin: collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and most importantly SMAS. Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System, SMAS, is an area of musculature of the face which connects to the dermis via vertical septa. SMAS is an area of interest for cosmetic medicine since it can be modified to improve the appearance of the skin. High frequency RF wave is transmitted as thermal energy to stimulate the mentioned skin components, yielding several beneficial effects, including wrinkle removal and reduction of wrinkles, scars, and acne pores, increasing the skin elasticity, contouring the skin surface. Continuous sessions of 3 to 5 times are recommended, depending on the severity of the problem.