AEON TOTAL CLARITY (ATC) – Laser Treatment Singapore
Laser for Pore Size Reduction & Brightening of Pigmentations
What is AEON TOTAL CLARITY (ATC)?
Two-stage laser treatment using (Q-switched Nd:YAG) – SPECTRA XT (Lutronic)
- Stage 1 – Clarity Peel (aka “Hollywood Peel”): Reduce Pore Size (NOT for scarred pores or acne scars)
- Stage 2 – Clarity Toning: Brightening of brown spots and skin tone
How Does AEON TOTAL CLARITY (ATC) Work?
AEON Total Clarity is a signature two-stage laser treatment in Singapore to help reduce pore size and brighten your skin tone for a more uniform and clearer complexion. The two-stage Clarity Toning and Clarity Peel procedures are carried out during the same session with the same laser to reduce procedure time and ensure consistent results. AEON Total Clarity treatments use the technology of SPECTRA’s combination of high peak power and short pulse width to deliver efficient destruction of the target pigment with minimal collateral thermal damage.
Stage 1 : Clarity Peel
Also known as the “Hollywood Laser Peel”, Clarity Peel is a no–downtime procedure using photo-mechanical energy of the laser to stimulate collagen and reduce oil production that is needed to reduce pore size. Treatment areas are discussed and determined with Dr. Kim before treatment. Common areas of treatment include the nose, paranasal (areas next to the nose), cheeks, glabella (areas between eyebrows), and forehead.
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 a warming of your skin and a prickling feeling.
Your therapist will apply a thin layer of Spectra lotion to your skin. This lotion has a carbon base, so your skin will appear muddy. After the pores absorb the lotion, laser energy applied later will be able to be more effectively transferred to the pores for more effective treatment. The lotion will be left for approximately 10 minutes, after which the therapist will remove excess lotion before escorting you to the laser treatment room.
Your eyes will first be protected with metal goggles. Then our doctor will begin treatment, by gently applying the laser energy to your skin without making any form of physical contact with your skin.
This first part of the CP is to stimulate collagen. This is done by generating heat which can feel warm or even slightly hot. The second part of CP is to reduce the sebum (oil) production and you will hear a snapping sound and feel a slight tingling or warmth as the lotion is completely “evaporated”.
There might be a slight “burning smell”. However, be assured that this is simply caused by the facial hair and dead skin cells absorbing the laser energy. Remember that since it is a NON-ABLATIVE laser, your skin does not get “burnt” at all if done properly.
Stage 2 : Clarity Toning
After CP, Clarity Toning (CT) for the whole face will be performed. Then after the whole laser treatment is finished, 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 some redness especially in pore areas that are treated, which should be resolved within a few hours, but 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 may return to work, apply makeup, and resume most of your activities immediately (Although, please try to avoid exercise 1-2 days before and after the treatment). Do note, however, that 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. 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 pigmentations 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 pigmentations. 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, CT can be done once in monthly intervals for maintenance purposes.
Due to the type of laser and the settings used for laser 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 pigmentations and “rebound” or darkening of the pigmentations is more possible when used to treat conditions like melasma.