Laser skin resurfacing might be the right treatment option for you if you have the following skin conditions:

  • Chickenpox or acne scars
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Enlarged pores
  • Sun-damaged skin and age spots
  • Wrinkles and fine lines

Types Of Laser Skin Resurfacing

Because no single laser is able to treat all skin concerns of every patient, many laser options have been made available.

  • CO2 Laser

    This ablative laser can be used to treat scars, warts, wrinkles, and other deeper skin flaws.

  • Erbium (Er:YAG) Laser

    Available as either ablative or non-ablative, erbium lasers promote collagen production thus effective in treating fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, and age spots.

  • Pulsed-Dye Laser

    A non-ablative laser, pulsed-dye heats the skin and absorbs pigments to reduce redness, hyperpigmentation, and broken capillaries.

  • Fractional Laser

    Either ablative or non-ablative, laser energy is broken into thousands of tiny beams to treat only a fraction of the skin, reducing downtime. This is preferred for age-related blemishes.

  • Intense pulsed light (IPL)

    Technically is not a laser but functions like one and treats skin problems such as sun damage, vascular lesions, acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation.

Is Your Skin Condition Affecting Your Quality of Life?

Laser skin resurfacing may be the right type of treatment for your condition. Consult our MOH-accredited dermatologist for a detailed evaluation and personalised treatment plan.

Preparing For Laser Skin Resurfacing

Four Weeks Before The Treatment:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.
  • Avoid facial peel procedures.
  • You may be instructed to apply a topical retinoid on your skin.
  • Stop smoking.

Two To Three Days Before The Treatment:

  • Do not use medications that cause photosensitivity like doxycycline and minocycline.
  • If you have a history of herpes or shingles in the treatment area, let your dermatologist know and start your antiviral medication as directed.
  • Arrange for a ride home in case you will be undergoing sedation for the procedure.

Risks & Complications

Like any other dermatologic procedure, laser resurfacing can cause side effects. Non-ablative lasers usually produce milder side effects compared to ablative laser resurfacing.

  • Skin irritation

    Swelling, itching, and burning sensation may occur at the treatment site. Intense redness may also result and can last for several months.

  • Acne

    Creams and bandages applied to your face after treatment can worsen acne.

  • Infection

    Bacterial, viral, or fungal infections may develop in the treated area. The procedure might also cause a herpes flare-up.

  • Skin color changes

    Laser resurfacing can cause treated skin to become darker (hyperpigmentation) or lighter (hypopigmentation). This change in skin color can either be temporary or permanent.

  • Scarring

    There is a slight risk of scarring with ablative laser treatment.

Dr Noor Hanif Said

Medical Director & Consultant Dermatologist

Over 20 years of experience
in medical, Surgical & aesthetic Dermatology

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS, Singapore)
  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP, United Kingdom)
  • Fellow Of The Academy of Medicine, Singapore (FAMS, Dermatology)

Prior to starting his private practice at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Dr Hanif was a dermatologist at the National Skin Centre and a Visiting Consultant with the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Dermatology Service.

Apart from his expertise in the management of general dermatological problems such as eczema, psoriasis, hair loss and acne, he has special interests in pigmentary disorders and aesthetic dermatology.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Aftercare

Taking good care of your skin is important to make sure that it heals properly and achieves the target outcomes. This can also reduce the chances of side effects to occur.

  • Cold Compress

    During recovery, there might be extreme redness, peeling, discomfort, and swelling. Cold compresses may help to reduce swelling and discomfort.

  • Regular Cleaning Of The Treated Area

    Based on your treatment and skin condition, your dermatologist may recommend you clean the treated area 2 to 5 times per day with saline or vinegar-based solution.

  • Sun Protection

    Your skin may be sensitive to sunlight for up to one year. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 daily and reapply throughout the day.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does the procedure hurt?

    The procedure usually causes some discomfort thus anesthesia is usually administered before the procedure.

    What can I expect after laser skin resurfacing?

    Your skin may be reddish for a few months if ablative lasers were used for the treatment. Your skin will usually continue to improve for up to a year and the results may last for several years. If new wrinkles appear, you can be treated with laser resurfacing again.

    Will multiple sessions be needed?

    Depending on how your skin reacts, significant improvement after a single session of laser resurfacing can be seen. Multiple sessions may be done if results are not achieved with one session.