GOLD TONING (GT)
Post-acne Red Spot Treatment
What is GOLD TONING (GT)?
- Used to improve the red marks remaining after acne (aka PIE or post-inflammatory erythema), by reducing the blood vessels and inflammation
- Uses 595nm wavelength which targets mainly hemoglobin (in red blood cells)
- Can be combined with Clarity Toning to improve on complex post-acne discoloration
How Much Does GOLD TONING (GT) cost?
GOLD TONING (GT) starts from S$250 Nett/Single session (T&C’s apply)
Gold Toning is a NON-ABLATIVE laser which means that it does NOT burn the outer layer of skin therefore preserving the outer layer of skin which is why there is very minimal pain and NO downtime for the recovery process.
Gold Toning uses the 595 nm (“yellow”) wavelength to lighten redness or red spots that might linger and remain after acne lesions resolve. It helps by targeting the haemoglobin in blood which is inside blood vessels. These abnormally enlarged blood vessels are one of the causes of redness in that area. This eventually plays a significant role in controlling the microvasculature through photobiomodulatory activities.
This type of “laser toning” method is more commonly done in Asian countries and involves the use of a Q-switched (QS) Nd:YAG laser at a lower intensity every 1-2 weeks.
Due to it being a NON-ABLATIVE laser and done at lower intensities, it is very gentle with the pain being very minimal and NO need for numbing cream. It is common to feel heat and a light prickling feeling.
Your eyes will be first be protected with metal goggles. Then our doctor will begin treatment, by gently applying the laser energy to your skin without any part of the making in physical contact with your skin. You will feel some heat and mild prickling sensations during the laser. During each session, the laser is passed multiple times over the areas being treated.
After the treatment you will be brought back to your private room for post-care treatment to cool and calm the skin before you leave the clinic.
Due to it being a NON-ABLATIVE laser and done at lower intensities, there is NO downtime.
You may experience more redness in the treated areas that should resolve within a few hours or 1-2 days depending on your condition. However, there is no requirement for you to stay indoors or avoid cosmetic application afterwards. (Again, this is a NON-invasive treatment so no needles, no blood, no crusting after the treatment.) You are able to return to work, apply makeup and resume most of your activities immediately (Please avoid exercise 1-2 days before and after the treatment). However, it is advised to avoid excessive, prolonged sun exposure 2-3 weeks before and after the treatment.
There is no special aftercare needed in terms of topical applications. The most important thing to avoid is UV radiation from sun exposure. Especially immediately after the procedure, but even weeks or months after the procedure, it is advised to avoid excessive, prolonged sun exposure even with sunblock applied. Depending on your skin condition and sun exposure, you may develop darker pigmentations in the treatment areas. You are advised to apply sunblock every 1-2 hours when outdoors and avoid outdoor exposure especially during the peak sunlight hours of the day.
Treating redness of the skin via Gold Toning is a gradual process that requires multiple sessions and efforts to produce effective and long-lasting results. The number of sessions required depends on various factors including the severity of your redness. Our doctor will advise you more on the treatment course that is right for your skin condition during the consultation. Typically it takes between 6-10 treatments for the lightening results to be more obvious assuming that your skin is protected from extensive UV radiation and that the treatment is done at recommended intervals. Once your treatment goals are met, GT can be done at 1 month intervals for maintenance purposes.
Due to the type of laser and the settings used for Gold Toning, it is one of the mildest laser treatments that can be done in a clinical setting. As with any procedure, there is always a risk of skin irritation which can lead to itchiness, redness or mild swelling after the laser. Prolonged sun exposure may lead to darkening of the skin.