Dr Karen Soh, medical director of Prive Aesthetics, tells you which treatments work best if you’re strapped for time.
I am a working mum with three kids who has no time for monthly facials. I can only manage a simple skincare routine. But I’m beginning to see hyperpigmentation, dryness and fine lines. What can I do about these concerns? – Annie Yong
For pigmentation problems, products with vitamin C and retinol, such as ZO Medical C-Bright, ZO Skin Health Brightalive and ZO Medical Brightenex, can help.
I would also recommend Cliniccare Glow Essence for hydration and to treat pigmentation concerns. If you have dry skin, try Calecim Restorative Hydration Cream ($250 for 50g), which revives dehydrated and stressed skin. The best way to treat hyperpigmentation with little downtime is by using the Pico laser. Prive Aesthetics’ Pico Laserglow treatment combines this laser, microdermabrasion, and a mask to give you radiant skin.
For a more long-term result, I would propose an additional Rejuran Healer injection ($2,568 nett for three injections). It’s a popular treatment in Asia that uses PDRN (polydeoxyribonucleic acid) to promote skin healing. After three consecutive monthly sessions, patients often report that their skin looks much healthier, with less hyperpigmentation, so it glows. Results can last six to 12 months.
I hear that a laser treatment can be done in 30min – is this too intensive for my skin? Must I have laser treatments regularly? – BL Foo
You can do a laser treatment in 30min, but some patients need more in-clinic time as a pre-treatment numbing cream may be applied. Some treatments can be done regularly; others, especially those using ablative lasers, should be limited to a certain number of sessions, depending on your skin assessment.
Lasers are ablative or non-ablative. Ablative ones use an intense wavelength of light to heat up and remove the outer layers of aged or sun-damaged skin. They include CO2 laser or fractional CO2 laser and Erbium:Yag. Both require numbing creams.
Lasers stimulate the underlying skin to prompt collagen formation and minimise the look of wrinkles. After laser resurfacing, skin may peel, redden and swell for two to five days before smoother, firmer skin forms.
Non-ablative lasers like pulsed-dye, alexandrite and Nd:Yag lasers stimulate collagen growth and firm skin. They also get rid of fine lines and mild to moderate skin damage.
If you want to try a laser treatment, consider the Fotona Laser Peel ($428 nett for 30min). After the treatment, avoid sun exposure for up to a week, and use sunscreen.
Most laser treatments need at least three to four sessions to show results, but it’s possible to see firmer, more radiant skin after the first treatment.