May 29, 2015 Dr. Tan YZ

Common FAQs for Q-Switched Laser Treatments

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What is a Q-Switched Laser Treatment?

A Q-Switched (aka Q-Switched Nd-Yag Laser) Laser is used in various procedures: the laser is a beam of energy at a specific wavelength (1064nm) which is applied to the skin and is absorbed by coloured pigments such as freckles, sun spots, age spots, etc. in the skin.

The power settings of the laser can be set at different levels and frequencies to accommodate your specific condition and expectations.

What is it used for?

  • Pigmentation (such as freckles, sun spots, age spots, brown spots, melasma, birthmarks)
  • Acne marks
  • Fairer skin
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Pimples and acne
  • Tattoo removal

How does it work?

  • Pigmentation – the laser energy is absorbed by the pigments (usually brown, or grey in colour). These pigmentation break off into smaller fragments and are naturally cleared away by the body and skin.
  • Acne marks – acne marks are caused by inflammation (the redness and pain) from pimples. The inflammation causes the skin to produce pigments. These pigments are cause of acne marks, which can be effectively removed with the laser.
  • Fairer skin – the colour of our skin is also determined by the amount of skin pigments. Darker skin people or people who go sun tanning often have more skin pigments. The laser, at the correct setting, helps lighten the skin tone and makes it fairer and brighter.
  • Skin rejuvenation – the laser uses its energy to remove dirt, dead skin cells, oil and superficial facial hair. Take this as a quick, effective and multi-purposed medical facial!
  • Pimples and acne – the laser energy can also kill P-acne, which is the bacteria that cause pimples and acne. At the same time, the laser energy also shrinks the oil glands in the skin and helps with oil control. Pimples and acne also tend to be less inflamed after laser treatments and this reduces the amount of acne marks after a breakout.
  • Tattoo removal – tattoo inks are foreign pigments introduced into the body. Like natural skin pigmentations, the laser energy breaks down the tattoo ink and removes the tattoo.

What can I expect?

  • Nothing is 100%, but you can expect 70-90% clearance or lightening of your pigmentation.
  • Very high success for clearance of acne marks.
  • Prevention and treating of pimples and acne.
  • Less outbreaks in future.
  • Better oil control.
  • Fairer and brighter skin.
  • Complete clearance of tattoos (depending on ink colour).

Is it safe?

Q-Switched Laser Treatment is a gentle alternative, and requires less sessions than skin resurfacing procedures to achieve similar results. Thus, reducing the chances of side effects greatly. It does not cause the skin to become thinner.

Is it painful?

The laser energy feels like many tiny hot dots on your skin. The process is very tolerable.

Is there downtime?

The best part of the Q-switched laser is that it is effective with no downtime! A mild pinkish flush might be present for about 15mins after the laser. You can put on make-up immediately after a laser treatment and go straight back to work!

What about other lasers that are faster and cheaper?

The Q-Switched laser is now probably the most common laser procedure performed in Singapore.

Many no-frills clinics have started offering short and quick laser procedures. These places are also using the Q-Switched lasers. The differences between a no-frills laser treatment and the usual Q-switched laser treatment are:

  • No-frill treatments are all standardised for everyone and energy settings are not tailored to your specific needs and expectations.
  • No-frill treatments are much more regular (sometimes even daily) compared to the usual Q-switched laser treatments due to its shorter duration per treatment.

What are the advantages of a usual Q-Switched laser treatment compared to no-frills lasers?

Results: Expect a tailored program and laser setting for each individual for more effective clearance of pigmentation, pimples or marks with the usual Q-Switched laser treatment.

Safety: Everything should be done in moderation. The risk of side-effects from no-frills laser treatments are greatly increased due the increased number of sessions you would have to go in order to see similar results. These side-effects include hypopigmentation (white patches on the skin) and hyperpigmentation (darker pigments due to over-stimulation of the skin).

Time saving: Usual Q-Switched laser treatments last for about 12-15mins and is done once every 3-4 weeks. This saves time compared to no-frills laser treatments which only last for 1-2mins each and you would be advised to do these treatments up to 3-7 times a week.

Cost-effective: The cost of a usual Q-switched laser treatment done in a clinic averages between $250 – $300. No-frills laser treatments might seem cheaper (as low as $30/treatment) due to a lower cost per treatment, but is in fact more expensive in total. The shorter duration (1-2mins/treatment) and increased number of treatments (30-50 treatments) required for a no-frills laser treatment will amount to higher cost for a similar result.

What else should I do when I go for laser treatments?

Avoid sun tanning for the next 7-10 days. Also apply an appropriate sunscreen.

Comments (31)

  1. I am interested in your q switch laser treatment. May I know how much is the consultation fee and does it apply in every visit?

    • Renaza

      Hey Eileen,

      Our one-time consultation fee is $30, but will be waived if you purchase a trial, treatment or package on the same day.

      I hope this helps! If you’d like to make an appointment, feel free to call us at 6634 4033 or email info@simplistiq.sg.

      Cheers!

  2. Melody

    Hi there, is there a need to immediately purchase package or fixing an appointment after doing the $50 dollar trial? Will i still be able to do ipl after laser?

    • Hey there Melody!

      No, there is no need to immediately purchase a package or fix an appointment after the trial. And yes, Dr. Tan assures that you would still be able to do IPL after the laser treatment.

      I hope this helps! If you’d like to make an appointment, feel free to call us at 6634 4033 or email info@simplistiq.sg

      Cheers!

  3. Nur

    Hi, I have very sensitive skin and my skin gets very red easily. Will this aggravate my condition or will it help with the redness?

    • Hey Nur,

      This would depend on the condition of the skin and what the redness is usually aggravated by, Dr. Tan would be able to more appropriately advise you on this. Would it be alright if he drops you an email?

      Cheers!

  4. Vivian

    After trying the $50 trial, will there be any side effects if I discontinued doing the laser? Like pimple outbreaks, and etc. is it a must to keep going back for the laser treatment? Will it be ok if I go back after 2months, sometimes maybe 3months?

    • Hey Vivian,

      No, there would be no side effects after discontinuing the Q-Switched laser treatment. There’ll be no problem if the treatment is done every 2 or 3 months. However, we would advise the treatments to be done every 3 – 4 weeks for optimal and most visible results.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know you have any more questions or would like to book an appointment. Alternatively, feel free to call us directly at 6634 4033 or email us at info@simplistiq.sg.

      Cheers!

  5. Jesyn

    IT IS A CARBON LASER ?
    Or what kind of Laser is this ?
    Does I still need to pay the consultation fee ?

    • Hey Jesyn,

      This is a Q-Switched Nd-YAG laser, it’s an extremely versatile machine that can be used for many things; skin brightening, acne control, reducing pigmentation, etc. It’s slightly different from our Carbon Laser Peel, which targets clogged and open pores.

      We charge a consultation fee of $30, but this will be waived if you purchase a treatment on the same day.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know you have any more questions or would like to book an appointment. Alternatively, feel free to call us directly at 6634 4033 or email us at info@simplistiq.sg.

  6. S

    Hello, will my skin scab or peel after the treatment? How long does the redness take to subside?

    • Hi There,

      Thank you for reaching out to Simplistiq. We are pleased to be of help! (:

      Our Q-Switched laser treatment is effective with minimal downtime. There will be no skin scab or peel involve but a mild flush that will appear after the treatment. That should subside after 15 minutes.

      Feel free to call us at 6634 4033 to book an appointment when you’re ready.

      Cheers!

  7. Yuki

    Hi,

    I just gave birth and currently breast feeding, is it safe to have this done and does it help to remove scratch marks on the belly? Thanks.

    • Hi Yuki,

      Thank you for reaching out to Simplistiq. We are pleased to be of help! (:

      Our Q-Switched laser treatment can definitely help with stretch marks. Rest assured that you are safe to undergo this treatment as you are breastfeeding. Currently, we have a trial for our Q-Switched laser treatment going at the price of $50 for face only. Subsequent treatment will be at the price of $250. You may also consider our 10-session package going at the price of $189 per session.

      Feel free to call us at 6634 4033 to book an appointment when you’re ready.

      Cheers!

  8. Ben

    Hi.. is this laser available for accutane users? Right now im 10mg of nimegen 5th month

    • Hi Soo,

      Thank you for reaching out to Simplistiq. We are pleased to be of help! (:

      Rest assured that our Q-Switched laser treatment is non-invasive and it will not make your skin thinner. It helps to target skin concern such as pigmentation, acne marks, acne, overall brightens up your skin.

      Feel free to call us at 6634 4033 to book an appointment when you’re ready.

      Cheers!

  9. Fang

    Hi!

    Can I check if the trial is still available?
    I’m interested to laser those freckles on my cheek..

    • Hi Fang,

      Thank you for reaching out to Simplistiq. We are pleased to be of help! (:

      Yes, Our Q-Switched laser trial is still available. This treatment can definitely help target freckles.

      Would you like to book an appointment with us? feel free to call us at 6634 4033 when you’re ready.

      Cheers!

  10. Farzaneh

    Hi
    Tnx a lot for ur very good information. Once I tried one session q switched laser on my freckle like face pigmentations and to be honest I didnt see any changes to happen. Now anothe doctor has prescribed again this laser and gave me a q switch schedule for every week! Based on ur writngs there would have been 4 weeks space between sessions. Then every week q switch laser what will do on skin? I am so anxious.😔
    Thank u in advance🙏🏻

    • Hi Farzaneh,

      Thank you for reaching out to Simplistiq. We are pleased to be of help!

      Every clinic has a different technique to treat various skin concerns. If you’ll like to understand more about our Q-Switched laser treatment, you may email us at info@simplistiq.sg. Dr. YZ Tan will personally reply to your email to advise on your concerns.

      Thank you!

  11. Shan Mei

    Hi!

    May I know i could do this laser while one Roaccutane? And is the trial still available?

    Thanks!

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