The Clifford Clinic: Q Switch Laser For Unwanted Spots

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Q Switch Laser Treatment @ The Clifford Clinic (#ProjectBareFace 2)

Anyone had the problem of waking up with pretty good skin, but by noon, brown spots (old acne marks) start surfacing and your face is filled with embarrassing melanin spots that had to be concealed with thick makeup? Well, that’s what I have been experiencing for the past 3 years… I couldn’t use any whitening creams nor spot removal creams for fear that they might aggravate or worsen my breakout. What’s more, not all creams respond fast or well for acne-related pigmentation spots.

So after my previous AGNES Acne Treatment, Dr Ee recommended the Q-switched laser to remove the unwanted brown spots from my skin. I wasn’t exactly sure how laser can remove these spots that have been haunting me for years…

Q Switch Laser Treatment 7After some research, the machine Dr Ee used is the “famous” Tri Beam Q-Switched Nd:Yag Laser machine, which is FDA approved and clinically proven for the removal of both superficial and deep hyper-pigmented wounds. As it comes with many different wavelength, it can target different molecules or tissues.

In fact, this Q-switch treatment can be used for Skin Rejuvenation (Carbon Peel) as well as various types of pigmentations such as Epidermal Pigmentation (Freckles) | Dermal Pigmentation (Tattoo or Birthmark Removal) | Acne | Vascular Lesion (Spider Veins).

Q Switch Laser Treatment 1Dr Gerard Ee told me that the Q-Switch Laser treatment will help to speed up the recovery of my scars. After washing my face, I will put on the Ultraman-like eye guard before proceeding with the treatment.

Q Switch Laser Treatment Results

Technology: The laser sends clinical light quickly (in billionths of a second) with intense energy specifically targeting at the melanin. These light pulses are absorbed by the treated area, converted into heat, breaking down the pigments into smaller pigments or destroys the skin cells carrying the pigment molecule, which are then eliminated by the body’s natural lymphatic system. Sound healthy?
Q Switch Laser Treatment 2What It Felt Like: The laser gives off the sound of toy machine gun, and felt like tiny hot dots on my skin. If you have tried threading before, the pinch felt somewhat like threading. You might even smell slight burning smell if you have any facial hair (free facial hair removal?) It was actually not painful (as compared to facial extraction) and completed very quickly. I was done and out in 10-15 minutes!

Results were visible after the first session. Within 9 days, the pigmentation had lightened up by a lot. This is very impressive to me as the scars or pigmentation on my face (even after normal facials) take extremely long to fade away.

Q Switch Laser Treatment 3The photos that I took in-clinic were taken BEFORE the treatment. Usually, after the Q Switch treatment, there is not much visible side effect, except that the pigmentation spots were slightly darker than before. Although I didn’t experience any discomfort (no downtime!), some people might have mild allergic reaction (itchy red spots) to the laser which go away 1-2 hours without any medication.

Post Laser Treatment Products: I will usually avoid applying any make-up and just use the SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 (SGD$69) tinted sunscreen from The Clifford Clinic after the treatment. However, according to Dr Ee, you can apply make-up after the laser and resume your normal activities.

Q Switch Laser Treatment 4Overall Results: Your skin should look brighter and clearer after this laser procedure for about 3 to 4 weeks. While the effect of the treatment on the treated pigments are permanent, we will still have to prevent new pigmentation from appearing. In my case, it is acne control!

P.S. Depending on the cause of your spots, if they were caused by sun damage, strict sun protection can help prevent the recurrence of the spots. It will also be good to avoid sun tanning and swimming in the hot afternoons within the first 3 days after the laser.

Q Switch Laser Treatment 5On my 4th treatments, the right side of my face is almost spotless. I was able to go out of the house without putting any make up. No more embarrassing skin!

My mum, who wasn’t very happy with me going for all these treatments initially, was quite surprised by the results. There was once when she even asked if I put on any makeup when I was out with her. When I said that I only had sunscreen on, she was silently impressed. 😛

Q Switch Laser Treatment 6As you can see, just after 4 treatments which was done over 4-5 weeks, my skin was more or less cleared. As my face was filled with brown spots and marks from the previous (Black Paint) experience, Dr Ee said that I will require about 5 to 10 sessions to achieve complete clearance (the older the marks, the longer it takes).

Points to note: The Q-switched laser might not be suitable for everyone, ie. pregnant women or patients with certain medical history like cold sores or herpes simplex virus. It will be best to consult Dr Ee as to whether if you are suitable for it!


The Clifford Clinic

Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 10am to 8pm | Sat: 10 am to 2pm | Sun: Closed
Address: 24 Raffles Place, #01-03 Clifford Centre, Singapore 048621
Tel:+65 6532 2400
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On March 25, 2015

27 Responses to The Clifford Clinic: Q Switch Laser For Unwanted Spots

  1. Apple says:

    Thanks Tiffany 🙂 I am planning to have 10 sessions q switch. I will call n hope they hv this package.

  2. Apple says:


    I am considering to see Dr Ee too. May I know how much did u pay fo the q switch package.Thks

    • Hi Apple, there are different packages depending on which kind you need.
      I uses a package which includes 10xHydraFacial + 10 x Q-Switch = $3K
      à la carte price of Q-Switch is $350. 🙂

      I believe they will have other packages if you enquire!

  3. Cebuana Mom says:

    I never knew removing sun spots can look so scary. The results are amazing though.

  4. Raymond Vasquez says:

    Is this technology already available in our country? Noticeable result indeed. 🙂 Thankfully though, I don’t need it (at least for me), coz I dont have spots on my face. But this will be good for some of my friends who have the same facial issues.

  5. 3xhcch says:

    I know you research everything very well before trying them. Be careful though because this is your face, which you need in your career as a model and actress. – Fred

  6. Jason Panuelos says:

    Amazing results! I’m so jealous I wish this was also available in Manila!:D

  7. Manu Kalia says:

    I’ve never tried this laser care, I find this very interesting maybe will be trying soon. The after photo has a huge difference.

  8. I can see significant difference before and after you have undergone that laser treatment. But I guess it is a quite pricy to have one.

  9. I can see significant difference before and after. Have to be careful with post laser care, apply more sunblock and no harsh skincare. I have tried laser treatment before with good care can see the skin improvement.

  10. I’ve always been curious about these facial procedures but I’ve never really tried them simply because they cost like diamonds around here. But I would if I could. I need to deal with some pores and freckles.

  11. nicol says:

    oh wow definitely noticeable results! why did your mum want you to get the treatment in the beginning?

  12. yuhjiun says:

    wow such huge improvement compared to before picture! But my skin is abit sensitive now so not dare to go for laser :/

  13. I can see the difference in your skin but do you think it is long lasting effect or the glow just fade away with time. I am little scared with pimples does it get worse.

  14. Franc Ramon says:

    I didn’t even notice you having acne problems in your previous post. It’s great that there’s Q switch laser treatment and it worked on you.

  15. sriches says:

    Oh wow, there is a noticeable difference for sure! This treatment seems to have had the best effect so far! Sim x

  16. sinyees says:

    It looks similar to the carbon blast laser treatment. Interested in trying this too.

  17. Elizabeth O. says:

    Oh wow! Sun spots gone! Your skin looks a lot clearer after the treatment.

  18. It’s mom-approved, that says a lot. Your skin loooooks really improved after the treatments, I really hope the next treatments will really help with recovery from the Black Paint incident.

  19. Anne V says:

    Wow, such a huge improvement from before. Are you planning to push through with more sessions of the Q Switch Laser Treatment? I would love to see the final results!

  20. Kylie says:

    Before after post with big different. I personally never try any laser treatment but looks like it really did a good job on you!

  21. Wow! I can really see the improvements on your skin after the Q-Switch Laser Treatment! Will have to look for something similar in my area. I have acne marks I wish would just disappear. -__-“

  22. lee rosales says:

    Wow! After several weeks of your facial treatment, there’s really a good result on your skin. Have you tried the natural way/s? Like massaging tomato on face? Honey and lemon as well?

  23. Mia Foo says:

    it’s hard to gauge the true results because your before is taken in warm lights and afters are all in bright, direct sunlight. but looking at all your after pictures for the 1st to 3rd treatment, i do see some improvement too!

    • Well, the photos condition are constant. Photo before every treatment in the Clinic (under warm lightings) and when I take them at home, it’s taken around the same time in the same place. I avoid editing the colour of the photos (like what most beauty bloggers do) so that the colours of the pigmentation are not alter in anyway.

  24. Prayerfull Mum says:

    Your skin looks so much better after the Q Switch Laser Treatment! I believe you also need to do your part in taking care of your diet. Sometimes the food we eat affects our skin conditions. All the best!

  25. I read your article with so much fear that your facial skin will ruin in time. But you preferred this way and trust it. I think, the old way is better than modern tech nowadays.

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