How many of us remember the days when we would read the beauty section in magazines and there would inevitably be advice such as, “Finish up your shower with a blast of cold water to close your pores,” or, “Apply some baking soda or toothpaste to a spot overnight to shrink a zit!” or, “A homemade face mask with lemon and egg whites can give you whiter and smoother skin”? While there are some home remedies that might be sort of true – like cold cucumbers might help to reduce facial puffiness, although technically, any cold compress would do the trick – there are some that just won’00t work, or worse, might even worsen your skin condition.
Skin rejuvenation treatments that are tried, tested, and proven scientifically are probably a better way to go about improving your skin condition. There are many different types of skin rejuvenation treatments in Singapore, each one tailored to your specific goals or needs. And just so we’re clear, skin rejuvenation treatments are any type of treatment that helps to reveal younger and smoother looking skin underneath through the removal of the top layer of damaged skin cells, improving hydration, reducing hyperpigmentation, and encouraging further connective tissue growth in the skin!
This article will help you understand some of the reasons you might need skin rejuvenation treatments, and the different types of treatment options out there. Read on more to find out.
How Do You Know If You Need Skin Rejuvenation?
Firstly, when would you need skin rejuvenation? Since skin rejuvenation treatments target the renewal of skin cells and focus on improving the firmness, tone, hydration, and texture of your face, there can be many indications for these treatments according to what you need.
You’ve started noticing signs of wrinkles
We understand – one day, you’re putting on your moisturisers with care in the world; another day, you’re browsing the beauty aisles for anything that can help to plump up wrinkles. Unfortunately, topical applications of skincare such as face masks or moisturisers that claim to reduce wrinkles typically focus on providing hydration to the top layers of skin, and they usually only produce a temporary effect.
Wrinkles happen because the content of collagen, elastin, and other connective tissues within the skin tissue matrix begin to naturally degrade as you get older. This can be accelerated with excessive sun exposure and lifestyle factors. When the stability of the tissues under your skin begins to wane, that’s when you see a reduced firmness of your skin, wrinkles, and fine lines. Skin rejuvenation will stimulate the regeneration of these cells to improve skin firmness.
Your skin feels dehydrated and dry
Similar to a loss in collagen and elastin content, hyaluronic acid and glycosaminoglycans (GAG) also decreases as you get older. These structures help to bind water together in your skin matrix, giving your skin a plumped-up look. This is why many current hydrating products on the market contain hyaluronic acid to provide an external method of increasing water content in your skin. Some skin rejuvenation treatments like Profhilo and Skinboosters specifically target this concern from within.
Uneven and patchy skin tone
Uneven skin tone can happen as oxidative stress in the body builds up over time, causing irreparable damage to cellular DNA. Long-term low-grade exposure to UV radiation from unprotected time in the sun or even negative lifestyle choices like excessive smoking actually causes over 80% of facial skin ageing! This disrupts collagen synthesis, increases skin pigmentation, and stimulates melanocyte proliferation. All these can stimulate hyperpigmentation and can even contribute to the occurrence of skin cancer.
Texture issues – face looks rough and dull
Finally, if you’ve noticed that your face looks rough and dull even if you’ve used exfoliating products like a gentle scrub or face masks, then you may be in need of treatments that can provide a better edge. By right, young and active skin cells which are normally in the deeper layers of the skin should produce new skin cells and push them to the surface regions where they force old and dead skin cells off!
But as we get older, this skin cell renewal rate tends to slow down. The top layers of old and rough skin cells stay on for longer and need an extra hand in really sloughing them off. For this, chemical peels and lasers work well to achieve this goal.
Now that we understand why we may need skin rejuvenation treatments, let’s take a look at what types of treatments are possible. Each treatment aims at restoring what time has taken away from the skin-replenishing volume, collagen, nutrients and suppleness.
PicoCare Picosecond Laser
The pico laser in Singapore is used whenever patients bring up concerns of fine lines and wrinkles, mild scarring, and pigmentation issues. This is because of how the PicoCare picosecond works for laser skin rejuvenation in Singapore. This laser works by using ultra-short high-speed energy instead of heat into the skin layers, which serves to disperse pigmentation in the skin that will be absorbed naturally.
It is also non-ablative, hence it does not cause any disruption or injury to the skin’s surface, as the bursts of energy go deep into the skin and help to facilitate the regeneration of collagen, elastin, and connective tissue within the skin cells. According to studies, this stimulation of new cell growth lasts up to 3 months after the Pico laser session!
Suitable for – Those who are looking to even out their skin texture and pigmentation, and to give a gradual but visible boost in the firmness of their skin. Those who are not suitable candidates are those with hypersensitive skin issues, known negative reactions to lasers, have seizure disorders, have open wounds in the target areas, and those under the age of 18 years old.
Recovery and downtime – Downtime for PicoCare laser skin rejuvenation includes a few days of some mild redness and peeling that will go off in a day or two.
Chemical peels are the application of a high concentration acid serum on your face, which allows for chemical exfoliation of the top layer of your skin. This is usually much stronger than acidic serums you may find in pharmacies or skincare aisles, which usually have concentrations in the 2% range!
The acid concentration in chemical peels ranges anywhere from 20% to 70% and is usually combined with an alkaline solution like sodium bicarbonate to ensure that it is safe for topical application. After a period of time where the skin begins to ‘peel’ off, smooth and glowing skin is revealed.
Suitable for – Chemical peels are good for those who do not want procedures related to needles or lasers, and are looking for help with clogged pores, mild scarring or pigmentation, fine lines, and would like to achieve smoother skin. This can also be done over the arms and hands! More severe wrinkles, pigmentation, and skin sagging may require other treatments instead like fillers or lasers.
Recovery and downtime – Skin will begin to shed for 3 to 7 days after a chemical peel. Skin will also be more sensitive with redness after, so adequate sun protection is needed until the dead skin cells have fully shed off.
Skin booster in Singapore is a type of skin rejuvenation treatment that uses an injectable form of hyaluronic acid into your skin layers. As hyaluronic acid helps to attract water in your skin to keep it hydrated and moisturised, encourages the surrounding cells to make collagen and elastin, and gives your skin a plump and elastic look, this form of skin rejuvenation is good for those experiencing dehydrated and dull-looking skin. An injector gun delivers a series of fast and controlled amounts of hyaluronic acid microinjections into the skin surface over targeted areas to provide that boost.
Suitable for – Aside from dehydrated and less elastic skin, Skinboosters would also be suitable for those with depressed or atrophic scars such as after acne scarring as the hyaluronic acid could help to fill up those areas. For that, it can also help with deeper wrinkles and lines.
Recovery and downtime – While most people report minimal downtime and are able to go back to their daily activities immediately after treatment, some swelling or pin-marks may be visible over the targeted areas for 3-5 days. If you have an important event to go for, Skinboosters should preferably be done a week before it.
A rejuran healer is also a form of the injectable treatment, similar to Skinboosters; however, it uses a combination of hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and polydeoxyribonucleotides instead. This gives it different properties to Profhilo or Skinboosters, where it can help accelerate the repair processes of skin cells.
Suitable for – Those who are looking for collagen stimulation to help improve their skin barrier will find this helpful. Part of Rejuran Healer constituents is derived from salmon that has been medically processed. Those who have seafood sensitivities are usually able to tolerate this treatment well, but those with extreme allergies should avoid it to be cautious.
Recovery and downtime – There maybe 2-3 days of downtime to allow for the face to reduce in redness. This is because there are more injection sites compared to Profhilo, which uses 10 injection sites over the face.
Q-switched Nd:YAG laser technology emits energy beams that can target deeper layers of the skin without damaging the upper layers of the skin. While this may seem similar to the PicoCare laser for skin rejuvenation in Singapore, the Q-switched laser uses heat while the pico laser treatment in Singapore uses more photoacoustic energy. The heat of the Q-switched layer penetrates areas of hyperpigmentation, breaks the pigments apart, and allows the small particles to be absorbed and disposed of naturally by the body.
Suitable for – This laser is better suited for those who are struggling with dark spots or scarring on the face, uneven skin tone, and enlarged pores.
Recovery and downtime – While the application of a topical numbing cream before treatment can reduce discomfort or sensitivity, there may be some bruising occurring especially in areas of more pigmentation. You may expect healing to fully occur within 7-10 days.
Clear Brilliant Laser
The Clear + Brilliant laser is a type of laser is a non-ablative fractional laser. A fractional laser is a type of skin rejuvenation treatment in Singapore that uses laser energy to create millions of microscopic treatment zones in your skin, whereby healthier and younger-looking skin tissues will replace those zones of damaged skin. The ‘non-ablative’ part of the equation means that it does not damage the surface of the skin and reduces downtime compared to an ablative fractional laser. There is an overall improvement in skin appearance, fine lines, and pores.
Suitable for – You could say that this laser is stronger than a chemical peel but less intense than fractional CO2 laser treatment. Those who are looking for the benefits of a resurfacing laser but without the extended downtime may want to consider this. Clear + Brilliant lasers should not be done on those who are currently undergoing Accutane treatments or have a predisposition to keloid scars.
Recovery and downtime – After the laser, there will be a period of recovery and sloughing. 3-5 days after treatment, you may experience a ‘sandpaper’-like feel of your skin, where the dead skin cells are getting ready to be ‘sloughed off’. You should not use any exfoliating products to try and accelerate this process as your skin should heal naturally. It may take 7-10 days for the peeling and flaking to fully go off naturally, so plan your treatment times well!
Still Unsure Which Skin Rejuvenation Treatment Is Right For You?
Overall, skin rejuvenation treatments are scientifically-backed to help encourage skin regeneration and the stimulation of collagen and elastin within the skin that can result in a plumper, more radiant, and more youthful appearance. If you are interested in injectable skin treatments but are still unsure which is the right one for you, get in touch with us! Drop us an email at our enquiry page to contact us for more information, or call to book a consultation with us at one of our clinics in Singapore. A consultation will be done to assess your skin condition with one of our trusted professionals so you can get the clarity you need.