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What is a Q-Switched Laser Treatment?

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A Q-Switched Laser (aka Q-Switched Nd-Yag Laser) is used in various types of procedures. The laser is a beam of energy at a specific wavelength (1064nm) applied to the skin and absorbed by coloured pigments such as freckles, sun spots, age spots, etc. in the skin. This fragments the pigmentation and helps it get broken down by the body.

The power settings of the laser can be set at different levels and frequencies to accommodate specific conditions and expectations.

What is the Q-Switched Laser used for?

  • Pigmentation (such as freckles, sun spots, age spots, brown spots, melasma, birthmarks)
  • Acne marks
  • Fairer skin
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Pimples and acne
  • Tattoo removal

How does it work?

  • Pigmentation – the laser energy gets absorbed by the pigments (usually brown, or grey in colour). These pigmentation break off into smaller fragments and are naturally cleared away by the body and skin. Click here to read more about pigmentation.
  • Acne marks – acne marks are caused by inflammation (the redness and pain) from pimples. The inflammation causes the skin to produce pigments. These pigments are cause of acne marks, which can be effectively removed with the laser.
  • Fairer skin – the colour of our skin is also determined by the amount of skin pigments. Darker skin people or people who go sun tanning often have more skin pigments. The laser, at the correct setting, helps lighten the skin tone and makes it fairer and brighter.
  • Skin rejuvenation – the laser uses its energy to remove dirt, dead skin cells, oil and superficial facial hair. Take this as a quick, effective and multi-purposed medical facial!
  • Pimples and acne – the laser energy can also kill P-acne, which is the bacteria that cause pimples and acne. At the same time, the laser energy also shrinks the oil glands in the skin and helps with oil control. Pimples and acne also tend to be less inflamed after laser treatments and this reduces the amount of acne marks after a breakout.
  • Tattoo removal – tattoo inks are foreign pigments introduced into the body. Like natural skin pigmentations, the laser energy breaks down the tattoo ink and removes the tattoo.

What can I expect?

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  • Nothing is 100%, but you can expect 70-90% clearance or lightening of your pigmentation.
  • Very high success for clearance of acne marks.
  • Prevention and treating of pimples and acne.
  • Less outbreaks in future.
  • Better oil control.
  • Fairer and brighter skin.
  • Complete clearance of tattoos (depending on ink colour).

Is it safe?

Q-Switched Laser Treatment is a gentle alternative, and requires less sessions than skin resurfacing procedures to achieve similar results. Thus, reducing the chances of side effects greatly. It does not cause the skin to become thinner.

Is it painful?

The laser energy feels like many tiny hot dots on your skin. The process is very tolerable.

Is there downtime?

The best part of the Q-switched laser is that it is effective with no downtime! A mild pinkish flush might be present for about 15mins after the laser. You can put on make-up immediately after a laser treatment and go straight back to work!

What about other lasers that 1-2mins long and cheaper?

The Q-Switched laser is the most common laser procedure performed in Singapore.

Many no-frills clinics have started offering short and quick laser procedures. These places are also using the Q-Switched lasers. The differences between a no-frills laser treatment and the usual Q-switched laser treatment are:

  • No-frill treatments are all standardised for everyone and energy settings are not tailored to your specific needs and expectations.
  • No-frill treatments are much more regular (sometimes even daily) compared to the usual Q-switched laser treatments due to its shorter duration per treatment.

The advantages of a usual Q-Switched laser treatment compared to short, no-frills lasers

Results: Expect a tailored program and laser setting for each individual for more effective clearance of pigmentation, pimples or marks with the usual Q-Switched laser treatment.

Safety: Everything should be done in moderation. The risk of side-effects from no-frills laser treatments are greatly increased due the increased number of sessions you would have to go in order to see similar results. These side-effects include hypopigmentation (white patches on the skin) and hyperpigmentation (darker pigments due to over-stimulation of the skin).

Time saving: Usual Q-Switched laser treatments take 12 – 15mins and is done once every 3-4 weeks. This saves time compared to no-frills laser treatments which only last for 1-2mins each and you would be advised to do these treatments up to 3-7 times a week.

Cost-effective: The cost of a usual Q-switched laser treatment done in a clinic averages between $250 – $300. No-frills laser treatments might seem cheaper (as low as $30/treatment) due to a lower cost per treatment, but is in fact more expensive in total. The shorter duration (1-2mins/treatment) and increased number of treatments (30-50 treatments) required for a no-frills laser treatment will amount to higher cost for a similar result.

What else should I do when I go for laser treatments?

Avoid sun tanning for 7 days before and after the treatment. Also apply appropriate sunscreen.

Can I get Q-Switched Laser done if I am pregnant?

Yes! The laser is non-ablative and does not interfere with your pregnancy.

I’m on Accutane. Can I still do Q-Switched?

You can – as the Q-Switched isn’t an ablative laser, it doesn’t thin your skin and you can do it while you are on Roaccutane.

Convinced? Whatsapp us to get an appointment for a Q-Switched Trial at $85 with Mizu, and see the difference for yourself!

42 Comments

  1. Tiff
    January 7, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Is the $50 trial over?

    • Simplistiq
      January 11, 2016 at 11:27 AM

      Hey Tiffy,

      Nope, it’s not over yet!

      If you’d like to book an appointment, call us at 6634 4033 or email us at info@simplistiq.sg.

      Hope this helps, cheers!

  2. Eileen
    January 14, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    I am interested in your q switch laser treatment. May I know how much is the consultation fee and does it apply in every visit?

    • Renaza
      January 15, 2016 at 1:21 PM

      Hey Eileen,

      Our one-time consultation fee is $30, but will be waived if you purchase a trial, treatment or package on the same day.

      I hope this helps! If you’d like to make an appointment, feel free to call us at 6634 4033 or email info@simplistiq.sg.

      Cheers!

  3. Melody
    January 20, 2016 at 1:35 AM

    Hi there, is there a need to immediately purchase package or fixing an appointment after doing the $50 dollar trial? Will i still be able to do ipl after laser?

    • Simplistiq
      January 20, 2016 at 11:58 AM

      Hey there Melody!

      No, there is no need to immediately purchase a package or fix an appointment after the trial. And yes, Dr. Tan assures that you would still be able to do IPL after the laser treatment.

      I hope this helps! If you’d like to make an appointment, feel free to call us at 6634 4033 or email info@simplistiq.sg

      Cheers!

  4. Nur
    January 22, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Hi, I have very sensitive skin and my skin gets very red easily. Will this aggravate my condition or will it help with the redness?

    • Simplistiq
      January 25, 2016 at 1:30 PM

      Hey Nur,

      This would depend on the condition of the skin and what the redness is usually aggravated by, Dr. Tan would be able to more appropriately advise you on this. Would it be alright if he drops you an email?

      Cheers!

  5. Vivian
    January 23, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    After trying the $50 trial, will there be any side effects if I discontinued doing the laser? Like pimple outbreaks, and etc. is it a must to keep going back for the laser treatment? Will it be ok if I go back after 2months, sometimes maybe 3months?

    • Simplistiq
      January 25, 2016 at 1:03 PM

      Hey Vivian,

      No, there would be no side effects after discontinuing the Q-Switched laser treatment. There’ll be no problem if the treatment is done every 2 or 3 months. However, we would advise the treatments to be done every 3 – 4 weeks for optimal and most visible results.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know you have any more questions or would like to book an appointment. Alternatively, feel free to call us directly at 6634 4033 or email us at info@simplistiq.sg.

      Cheers!

  6. Jesyn
    January 24, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    IT IS A CARBON LASER ?
    Or what kind of Laser is this ?
    Does I still need to pay the consultation fee ?

    • Simplistiq
      January 25, 2016 at 12:54 PM

      Hey Jesyn,

      This is a Q-Switched Nd-YAG laser, it’s an extremely versatile machine that can be used for many things; skin brightening, acne control, reducing pigmentation, etc. It’s slightly different from our Carbon Laser Peel, which targets clogged and open pores.

      We charge a consultation fee of $30, but this will be waived if you purchase a treatment on the same day.

      I hope this was helpful! Let me know you have any more questions or would like to book an appointment. Alternatively, feel free to call us directly at 6634 4033 or email us at info@simplistiq.sg.

  7. w
    January 25, 2016 at 11:53 AM

    please advise if $50 allows treatment of the entire face?

    • Simplistiq
      January 25, 2016 at 12:05 PM

      Hey Sharon,

      Yes, our $50 Q-Switch Laser trial covers the entire face.

      I hope this was helpful! If you’d like to book an appointment, feel free to call us directly at 6634 4033 or email us at info@simplistiq.sg.

      Cheers!

      • w
        January 26, 2016 at 2:59 PM

        Do u use 532nm?

  8. S
    January 26, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    Hello, will my skin scab or peel after the treatment? How long does the redness take to subside?

    • Simplistiq
      November 29, 2016 at 9:55 AM

      Hi There,

      Thank you for reaching out to Simplistiq. We are pleased to be of help! (:

      Our Q-Switched laser treatment is effective with minimal downtime. There will be no skin scab or peel involve but a mild flush that will appear after the treatment. That should subside after 15 minutes.

      Feel free to call us at 6634 4033 to book an appointment when you’re ready.

      Cheers!

  9. Yuki
    January 28, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Hi,

    I just gave birth and currently breast feeding, is it safe to have this done and does it help to remove scratch marks on the belly? Thanks.

    • Simplistiq
      November 29, 2016 at 10:08 AM

      Hi Yuki,

      Thank you for reaching out to Simplistiq. We are pleased to be of help! (:

      Our Q-Switched laser treatment can definitely help with stretch marks. Rest assured that you are safe to undergo this treatment as you are breastfeeding. Currently, we have a trial for our Q-Switched laser treatment going at the price of $50 for face only. Subsequent treatment will be at the price of $250. You may also consider our 10-session package going at the price of $189 per session.

      Feel free to call us at 6634 4033 to book an appointment when you’re ready.

      Cheers!

  10. Ben
    December 6, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Hi.. is this laser available for accutane users? Right now im 10mg of nimegen 5th month

    • Simplistiq
      December 6, 2016 at 4:43 PM

      Hi Ben,

      Kindly refer to your email on our response. (:

      Cheers!

  11. Soo
    December 10, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Hi, Will this laser treatment make my skin thinner?

    • Simplistiq
      December 12, 2016 at 9:52 AM

      Hi Soo,

      Thank you for reaching out to Simplistiq. We are pleased to be of help! (:

      Rest assured that our Q-Switched laser treatment is non-invasive and it will not make your skin thinner. It helps to target skin concern such as pigmentation, acne marks, acne, overall brightens up your skin.

      Feel free to call us at 6634 4033 to book an appointment when you’re ready.

      Cheers!

  12. Fang
    December 10, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Hi!

    Can I check if the trial is still available?
    I’m interested to laser those freckles on my cheek..

    • Simplistiq
      December 12, 2016 at 9:56 AM

      Hi Fang,

      Thank you for reaching out to Simplistiq. We are pleased to be of help! (:

      Yes, Our Q-Switched laser trial is still available. This treatment can definitely help target freckles.

      Would you like to book an appointment with us? feel free to call us at 6634 4033 when you’re ready.

      Cheers!

  13. Simplistiq
    January 16, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Hi Farzaneh,

    Thank you for reaching out to Simplistiq. We are pleased to be of help!

    Every clinic has a different technique to treat various skin concerns. If you’ll like to understand more about our Q-Switched laser treatment, you may email us at info@simplistiq.sg. Dr. YZ Tan will personally reply to your email to advise on your concerns.

    Thank you!

  14. mirabel
    February 18, 2017 at 9:29 PM

    may i know if the trial is available and how much is it?

    • Simplistiq
      February 19, 2017 at 3:54 PM

      Hi Mirabel,

      Do check your inbox – we’ve sent you an email!

  15. Erica
    April 4, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Please advise how I can get the Q-Switched laser trial?

    • mizu
      April 10, 2017 at 12:02 AM

      Hi Erica,

      You can call us at 66344033 to make an appointment, whatsapp us at 93848915, or email us or fill up the trial request form on this page!

      Hope that helps!

  16. Gladys
    July 24, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    Hi there, i havent done any of these treatments before but would like to find a solution for my nose thats constantly red and pimply. Maybe Q switch laser?
    How much is trial?

    • mizu
      July 25, 2017 at 11:41 AM

      Hi Gladys,

      Emailed you dear!

  17. Poorva
    August 17, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Hi,
    I have few acne marks from from old acne. Will Qswitch laser help? Is the 50$ trail offer still available?

  18. ace
    September 17, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    The package price is nett?

    • mizu
      September 18, 2017 at 7:42 PM

      Hi Ace! We’ve emailed you 😉

  19. Isabelle
    January 25, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    Hi I would like to know subsequent package price.

  20. Gin Lim
    July 27, 2018 at 1:14 AM

    Hi!

    Can I check if the trial is still available?

    • mizu
      July 27, 2018 at 1:26 AM

      Dear Gin,

      Yes it is! However, it’s now $60 ; ) Do drop us at text or whatsapp at 9384 8915 and we’ll help you with making an appointment for your first time trial!

  21. K shah
    August 13, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    I have a huge brown patch on my thigh, should I go for qswitch?

    • mizu
      August 13, 2018 at 7:23 PM

      Dear K,

      We will need a picture to assess – We’ve emailed you! Hear from you soon.

  22. Belinda
    October 24, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    Hi, I saw the above comment that the trial for q-switch is $60 but the website show $85. So wat is the correct price?

    • mizu
      October 24, 2018 at 5:10 PM

      Dear Belinda,

      Our prices have undergone changes since then, the current price is $85 ; )

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