Q-Switched Laser Skin Care & Rejuvenation

See your skin tone, skin texture and pore size improve with Q-Switched Laser Skin Care & Rejuvenation in Singapore.

What is Q-Switched Laser Skin Rejuvenation?

Also called Laser Toning or Laser Peel, this is a safe and effective treatment that improves overall skin tone, skin texture, regulates skin oil production, and minimises pore size.

How does the Q-Switched Laser work?

This treatment is performed by the doctor, who uses the laser technology Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser. The doctor goes over your face with the device, which emits a beam of energy at a wavelength of 1064nm, targeting a specific depth of the skin without damaging the skin surface to product beneficial results.

What are the benefits of this treatment?

  • At SL Aesthetic Clinic, the Q-Switched Laser Skin Rejuvenation is individually tailored for you with a personalised treatment plan. The goal is to enhance treatment efficacy, as opposed to no-frills lasers that are standardised for everyone.
  • As a non-ablative laser, downtime is minimal. Apart from a slight flush which may last for a few hours, makeup can be used as desired and you can return to daily activities immediately after treatment.
  • Can be combined with other treatments to produce a cohesively pronounced result.

How soon will I see results?

We recommend a minimum of three 15-min sessions at a monthly frequency for visible results. This is also entirely dependent on your skin condition, medical history, lifestyle, and expectations.

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There is no one-size-fits-all laser for all skin concerns. Get your personalised treatment plan by contacting us today.

What is the difference between this treatment and cheaper laser rejuvenation treatments in other Singapore laser clinics?

Your time, cost, safety, and ultimately results. While cheaper alternatives in Singapore may use the same technology, the treatments are usually done so with only ONE standardised setting for ALL patients. This low setting then requires more sessions to be done in a certain time which can sometimes produce permanent side effects such as skin discolouration (hypopigmentation).

At SL Aesthetic Clinic, your treatment is highly personalised to your skin’s ever evolving needs.

Time Commitment

Most Q-Switched laser treatments last for approximately 12-15 mins and are done once every 3-4 weeks. This saves time compared to no-frills laser treatments which only last for 1-2mins each and where you are expected to do these treatments up to 3-7 times a week. This means you will have to plan your schedule around the commitment required for a daily no-frills laser treatment. With Q-Switched, you can plan treatment sessions around your schedule, not the other way around.


The cost of a Q-switched laser treatment averages at $200 to 350 per session, and usually at a recommended few sessions for visible results. No-frills laser treatments might seem cheaper at first at $30 per session, but are in fact more expensive in total. The relatively high number of sessions (50 or more treatments) required for a no-frills laser treatment will amount to higher cost, for a similar result, not to mention the unnecessary time spent.


As the adage goes, moderation is key. This is especially pertinent to laser treatments. With a relatively high number of sessions and frequency required in no-frills laser treatments, the risk of side-effects are greatly increased. These side-effects include hypopigmentation (white patches on the skin) and hyperpigmentation (darker pigments due to overstimulation of the skin).


Every individual’s concerns and skin compositions are different. While a no-frills laser treatment uses a standardised setting for every patient, a Q-Switched laser treatment at SL Aesthetic Clinic is tailored just for you.


Is it safe?

Yes, this treatment is safe and effective when done by a licensed doctor.

Is it painful?

The process is well-tolerated by most patients, with many reporting sensations of a warm prickle over the skin. SL Aesthetic Clinic also provides numbing of the skin before treatment if required. An ice pack can also be used to soothe the treatment areas immediately after.

What are the possible side effects?

Immediately treatment, it is normal for patients to experience some redness, itching, and/or swelling in the treated area, but these usually resolve on their own in a couple of days’ time. However some rarer complications can also occur.

If any of the following effects surfaces or become severe, consult your doctor:

  • Leukoderma – white patches can appear on darker-skinned patients.
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
  • Induced hyperpigmentation, or dark patches of skin.
  • Induced hypopigmentation, or pale/white patches of skin.
  • Bacterial infection, which can be prevented with the use of antibiotics.
  • Laser injuries to the macula when used to treat the eyelids.

Generally, this treatment is safer for patients with light skin, but must be used with extra caution in patients with darker complexions.

Who is suitable for this treatment?

The Q-Switched Laser Skin Rejuvenation is safe for most healthy adults and skin types. This will be beneficial for patients looking to improve their skin tone, skin texture, reduce pore size, and generally to improve or maintain skin health.

Who is unsuitable for this treatment?

The Q-Switched Laser Skin Rejuvenation may be unsuitable in the following circumstances:

  • Patients with unrealistic expectations, such as those who seek complete eradication of any skin problems
  • Patients with a tendency to form keloid and hypertrophic scars
  • Prior ionising radiation to the area to be treated
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Recent deep chemical peels or dermabrasions
  • Dark complexions
  • Moderate to severe active acne

What are the pre- and post- treatment instructions?

Post-treatment instructions: after each treatment session, avoid prolonged sun exposure for the next 7 to 10 days. Also avoid tanning beds or tanning booths and sunlamps. Continue to wash and moisturise your face with a gentle cleanser and moisturiser for the next few days. And always use sunscreen.

Do not use products that can cause irritation such as alcohol-based facial products, abrasive scrubs, and toners or products containing glycolic acids or Retin A.

Pre-treatment instructions: ensure that you’re in a good state of health and not suffering from any bacterial, fungal or viral infection, especially that of the skin. Always disclose your full medical history during consultation, including supplements and other medications you may be taking. Also inform the doctor at least a week before treatment if you have any history of Herpes Simplex (cold sores) on your face so that the appropriate medication can be prescribed to prevent an outbreak.

While pregnant ladies are free to enjoy this treatment, you must also inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning for pregnancy, or are breast-feeding.

Inform your doctor if you have other skin conditions (e.g., eczema, psoriasis) or have any unusual or allergic reactions to any ingredients or topicals.

Plan ahead; avoid any ablative lasers at least 4 weeks prior, and schedule your treatment at least 1 week ahead of a special event as the skin may take up to 7 days to heal from the laser.

I’m on Roaccutane or other isotretinoin medication. Can I still get Q-Switched Laser done?

Yes. As the Q-Switched laser is not an ablative laser, it does not thin out your skin and you are free to enjoy this laser while on isotretinoin-based medications.

[07 July 2020] Written by Dr. Ashley Yuen

Dr. Ashley Yuen – The Athlete
MBBS, London

Dr Ashley Yuen obtained his medical degree from King’s College, London. He returned to Singapore where he honed his medical and surgical skills across various specialities and disciplines, before focusing on accident & emergency medicine and aesthetic medicine.

Ashley’s passion for aesthetic medicine stems from a desire to enhance one’s physiological wellness and esteem, and boost one’s self-confidence and quality of life. He sees a strong link between good emotional and physical well-being and is committed to helping patients look better and feel better.

With Ashley’s experience in patient care and aesthetics, he has an interest in using traditional aesthetic treatments to solve lifestyle and health ailments such as bruxism, skin tag, lumps and mole removal, skin pigmentation as well as in improving aesthetics using injectables like fillers.

A national rugby player and a model in his youth, Ashley can be found at the gym pumping iron. Happily married, he is a proud fur-father of two schnauzers.

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