How to Get Rid of Large Pores Using Laser Treatments
What Are Laser Treatments?
Laser treatments utilize specific light energy to treat certain skin conditions. The technique directs short, concentrated beams of light into the skin which target certain parts of the skin depending on the wavelength being used. This can stimulate the production of collagen and reduces sebum from being formed, improving the visible condition of the skin.
Laser treatments in Singapore are to improve skin quality and irregularities, such as acne scars and blemishes.
Laser Treatments for Pore Reduction
One common skin problem is large pores. As people grow older, their skin will start to lose its elasticity which causes it to sag and stretch, making its pores appear larger. Overproduction of oil can clog pores with sebum, resulting in the formation of blackheads which can increase pore sizes. Additionally, years of sun exposure can cause the tissue beneath the skin to shrink and pull at the edge of the pores, making them sag and appear larger than normal.
Daily cleansing and exfoliation may help to deter the formation of enlarged pores. However, such facial care methods are usually not enough to put them at bay. This is where laser treatments can help.
There are two main types of laser treatments: ablative laser and non-ablative laser.
Ablative laser treatments like the CO2 ablative laser are designed to remove skin lesions such as moles, skin tags, sebaceous hyperplasia and milia. The laser energy comes into contact with the skin, “burning away” any lesions on the surface.
On the other hand, non-ablative treatments like AEON Total Clarity are designed for pore size reduction and the brightening of pigmentations. Using laser energy and short pulses, this laser treatment stimulates collagen production and reduces oil production to decrease pore size. Being non-ablative, AEON Total Clarity has no downtime and is gentle on the skin with minimal pain involved.
Who is Suitable For Laser Treatments?
Besides having enlarged pores and shallow scars from acne, patients with pigmentations around their eyes, nose, and forehead can also benefit from laser treatments. During a consultation, our aesthetic doctor will assess the condition of your skin and discuss your needs in order to come up with a suitable laser treatment plan for you.
What to Expect During and After The Laser Procedure
Before the laser treatment, the therapist will apply a thin layer of lotion onto your skin that will help with laser energy absorption. Your eyes will then be protected with a pair of metal goggles. During the treatment, the doctor will gently apply the laser energy onto your skin without making physical contact.
As the laser energy is absorbed into the skin and pores, heat is generated which may feel warm or slightly hot. Into the session, you will hear a snapping sound and feel a slight tingling or warmth sensation as the lotion “evaporates” from your skin. Both of these sensations indicate the reduction of sebum production respectively and stimulation of collagen.
After the procedure, patients will be able to leave the clinic and resume their daily activities immediately. However, it is advised to avoid UV radiation from sun exposure to avoid the development of darker pigmentations in the treatment areas.
Typically, it takes around 6-10 treatments for your skin to produce effective and longer-lasting results. With laser treatments, your skin will gradually appear brighter and smoother, with reduction of large pores.
Laser treatments in Singapore are generally safe, especially when done by a certified and qualified doctor. However, like any treatment, there are always risks involved. In the case of laser treatments, patients may experience redness or a slight itching sensation in the treated pore areas.
There may also be temporary hyperpigmentation or permanent darkening of the skin, especially for dark-skinned patients that wish to undergo the procedure. Patients may consult our aesthetic doctor for a professional opinion before opting for the treatment.