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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.

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