Spectra Laser Treatment explained

This is an article from Dr Christopher Ng on the Spectra VRM III Laser Treatment combined with Omnilux LED Phototherapy.

What is a Spectra VRM III Laser Treatment?

Spectra VRM III is a CE and FDA approved non-ablative laser used in the treatment of many aesthetic conditions. Its advantages of being non-ablative means that it delivers the benefits of much more aggressive procedures
  • without the discomfort and downtime
  • patients return to their normal lives immediately after treatment
  • improved patient satisfaction

When would you need the spectra laser treatment?

This treatment is recommended for people who have:
  • Inflammatory Acne
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Fine Wrinkles
  • Oily Skin
  • Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Melasma (soft laser peel + laser toning)
  • Unwanted tatoos (black, blue, brown, red, tan, purple, orange)

Advantages of Spectra VRM III Laser Treatment

  • This Spectra laser treatment avoids prolonged downtime and PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) – common with AHA / TCA chemical peels and ablative CO2 lasers.
  • It can also be used in combination with Vit C iontophoresis, LED phototherapy, microdermabrasion, RF, IPL or fractional laser therapy for better outcomes

Mode of Action

Spectra mode
  • photothermal stimulation of the epidermis and dermis
  • gently heats the microfine carbon particles in the SpectraLotion™ and exfoliates the outermost layer of the skin
Acne reduction
Q-switched mode
  • photomechanical destruction of the microfine carbon particles in the SpectraLotion™ along with removal of outermost layer of dead skin
  • skin tone and texture are improved
  • cells associated (fibroblasts, mast cells, macrophages) with skin rejuvenation are stimulated resulting in collagen remodelling

Spectra Laser Treatment Procedure (for enlarged pores, acne scars, active acne, fine wrinkles)

Spectra laser treatment Singapore

  • Face is washed and cleaned
  • Topical anaesthetic  cream is applied (20mins to take effect)
  • SpectraLotion™ containing fine carbon particles is applied thinly and evenly onto  the face
  • Fine carbon particles penetrate into the pores and acne scars
  • 1st laser pass in Spectra mode penetrates deep into the dermis which has a photothermal effect, stimulates skin cell regeneration and exfoliates the outermost layer of skin (stratum corneum)
  • 2nd pass in Q-switched mode causes explosion of the fine carbon particles which has a photomechanical effect, exfoliates the outermost layer of skin (stratum corneum),  shrinks pores, reduces sebum production to reduce acne, stimulates collagen remodelling, penetrates deep into dermis fracturing melanin that causes uneven pigmentation and stimulates natural phagocytosis processes to remove the unwanted colouration. All resulting in cleaner younger looking skin.

Spectra Laser Treatment Procedure (for pigmentation and tattoo removal)

  • Face is washed and cleaned
  • Topical anaesthetic  cream is applied (20mins to take effect)
  • The laser energy is focused directly onto the pigment or tattoo
  • The pigment is fractioned and broken down into tiny particles by the laser energy without damaging the surrounding skin allowing cells in your body to naturally digest and dispose of the tiny pigment or ink particles

2) Post Treatment Omnilux LED Phototherapy

Omnilux LED phototherapy (lights-only) is an FDA approved procedure used to enhance and improve skin treatments (after Botox®, fillers, facial peels, microdermabrasion, lasers and IPL therapy).
  • It  reduces side effects and speeds up the regeneration time.
  • Painless
  • You will have LED Revive phototherapy at 633nm (red light) for 20 minutes
  • stimulates fibroblast
  • faster and more efficient collagen synthesis
  • stimulates regeneration and wound healing

Post Treatment Skin Care

  • Use Quick Recovery Lotion to reduce redness and downtime
  • At least SPF 30 UVA + UVB Sunblock to reduce post laser pigmentation
  • Post Treatment Mask at night for added radiance and moisture
  • Facial wash, Vit C serum, Rejuvenation cream & Anti-pigment cream

Treatment Interval

  • 3 weekly
  • Complete treatment package of 5 sessions
  • Maintenance 1x session  every 3 months

Possible Complications (when energy levels are too high)

  • Temporary redness  – subsides within a few hours
  • Burns – reduced if you adhere to post treatment regime
  • Scaring (excessive dermal damage) – much less with non-ablative lasers
  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (temporary for 3-4 months) (avoid the sun, use sunblock, anti-pigment cream, more common in darker skin types)
  • Hypopigmentation (temporary or permanent) – more common in darker skin types
  • Blistering (excessive epidermal thermal damage) – reduce with cooling ice to protect epidermis
  • Dry skin – reduced if you adhere to post treatment regime
  • Skin allergy (occasionally in tattoo removal, reaction to fragmented tattoo pigments, topical anti-histamine cream)

Dr Christopher Ng practices at GynaeMD Women’s & Rejuvenation Clinic, located in Camden Medical Center Singapore, which offers obstetric, gynaecology and aesthetic services in Singapore.

17 comments… add one
  • cheong June 2, 2010, 5:14 pm

    Like to find out the estimated cost for the spectra laster treatment

  • Koey June 14, 2010, 12:03 am

    Hi, I would like to find out the cost for spectra laser treatment. (Enlarged pores, acne scars)

  • Sylvia June 14, 2010, 3:17 pm

    Hi Cheong and Koey,

    Prices for spectra treatments vary per doctor but GynaeMD charges $550 for 1 treatment. A package of 6 treatments costs $2750 at this clinic.

  • Elisabeth June 23, 2010, 9:31 pm

    I have multiple freckles and discoloration on my face as a result of a genetic condition called “Neurofibromatosis Type I”, would Spectra help with my face discoloration? what is the effectiveness of this laser vs other laser?

  • GynaeMD Women's & Rejuvenation Clinic June 24, 2010, 11:28 am

    the spectra laser treatment may not work so well in this case as it is meant to remove freckles and not neurofibromatosis lesions.

  • Joel July 24, 2010, 5:45 pm

    Hi, I would like to know if spectra laser treatment is effective for rolling scars caused by acne. Also are the results permenant? How is the post treatment recovery like? Will the reddness disappear after 2 days?
    Thank you.

  • jessie December 1, 2010, 12:08 pm

    Hi, does this spectra laser treatment involve laser? After treatment, does it cost redness/rashes? How much does it cost and how many treatment sessions do I need? I have brown spots on my face (melasma? aging spots?). I am 41 this year.

  • GynaeMD Women's & Rejuvenation Clinic December 1, 2010, 4:02 pm

    as this is a non ablative laser, your face will not be red after treatment of acne scars or melasma with this type of laser which is its advantage over other laser treatments. in addition, we are unique in that we combine Spectra VRM III laser treatment with Omnilux LED phototherapy for faster healing and better results. we do have attractive packages of 5+1 complimentary treatment. please call the clinic to fix an appointment and to enquire about the price.

  • Andrea March 13, 2011, 5:13 pm

    Hi, can the spectra laser treatment be used to remove age spots on the arms? How much is each session? Thanks.

  • GynaeMD March 13, 2011, 8:15 pm


    yes it can and price ranges from $150 to $550.

  • Margaret June 21, 2011, 10:42 am

    Hi, does the laser treatment for acne/enlarged pores hurt?

  • GynaeMD June 21, 2011, 10:33 pm

    not really as we apply numbing cream before we start the procedure

  • Kate July 30, 2011, 10:38 pm

    Hi, is spectra laser treatment able to treat enlarge pores and acnes+scars simultaneously? Is the 5+1 package still available? Also, will there be any additional charges on top of the treatment, e.g. consultation fees, post-treatment creams etc.. ?

  • aggie March 15, 2012, 2:13 pm

    can the spectra v3 laser treats malasma problem. how much does it cost/session and how many sessions are needed to see best result?
    is the result guaranteed, if not at least visible? how much also is the consultation for first visit and subsequent?

  • Sylvia March 16, 2012, 10:35 am

    Reply from GynaeMD: thank you for your enquiry. yes spectra vrm III laser is designed to treat melasma and we have had our successes with our patients. it is best to seek a detailed consultation with dr chris who would then be in a better position to show you some before and after photos so that you would have a better idea of what is achievable. as we are a specialist clinic, the first consultation is $12- and follow ups are at $90. please call +65 67338810 or email us for an appointment and we shall look forward to your visit. you may wish to check out our website http://www.gynaemd.com.sg under “aesthetics” and then “spectra laser” and “melasma” for more information on this and other services offered at our clinic.

  • Peter January 31, 2013, 7:19 am

    I would like to know how many session for spectra laser and what is the interval with each session?is it correct to have spectra laser with one week interval?hope for your immediate response.

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