Review of Gold Photothermal Therapy treatment by Clifford Aesthetics

I thought acne is a thing of the past. However, when I get stressed, my face will still break out into facial acne and it is very frustrating as it will leave blemishes. I saw a FB post by Dr Chow Yuen Ho from Clifford Aesthetics met When I told Dr Gerard Ee from Clifford Aesthetics about this, he suggested Gold PTT treatment to address facial acne. This is the first time I heard of this treatment hence I enquired more about it before deciding to go for it.

What is Gold PPT Treatment?

Gold Photothermal Therapy (PTT) treatment works by delivering gold nanoparticles into the pores and glands before heating them with a laser source. By doing so, the heating modifies the pores and glands responsible for creating acne hence reducing the amount of oil produced, thus treating acne at the source.

Gold is selected due to their highly desirable and tunable optical properties for various therapeutic applications. When used as an acne treatment, gold nanoparticles generate heat when excited by a specific wavelength of light, therefore heating and modifying the sebaceous follicles associated with acne.

Gold PPT Treatment Procedure

The clinic assistant did a thorough cleansing of my face before massaging the gold nanoparticles into the skin. These will penetrate the pores and sebaceous follicles. After which Bellasonic Ultrasound was used to pulse the gold particles into the oil glands.

For those who are worried if there is any pain, I guarantee you there is no pain at all. You might be able to hear some sound due to the ultrasound machine working its magic but it is very comfortable. You can just close your eyes and relax.

After which Dr Ee used laser treatment to heat up the gold and the oil glands. The gold nanoparticles will be activated upon the light to create a focused photo-thermal effect that decreases the activity level of the sebaceous gland and follicle. As such, excessive oil and clogged pores are prevented which eliminates the formation of acne.

If you asked me about the pain level of the laser, I would say it’s a 3/10. I guess the reason why I gave it a 3/10 is cos of the heat generated but this is inevitable.

The whole procedure took about 30 to 45 mins which is pretty fast even though there are a few steps involved in the Gold PPT treatment.

You might experience some redness within a few hours to a day but it will subside so no worries at all. In fact, I would say no downtime and you can carry on with your usual activities.

Advantages of Gold PTT treatment

  • Comfortable
  • No downtime
  • Localized treatment of acne
  • No anesthesia necessary


I started to see improvements on my acne breakouts around a few weeks later and my skin didn’t breakout as badly compared to last time. Check out my before and after photo.

I used to have acne especially, during the times when I have my menses. Just take a look at the pimples on my laugh line and on my temple near to my hairline in the before photo. Seriously, I cringed when I looked at all the pimples. They were just so annoying!

Before Gold PPT Treatment

The pimples subsided after the Gold PPT Treatment within a week, as can be seen in my after photo! Interestingly, my skin has taken a glow as well and looked less shiny too.

After Gold PPT Treatment

The Gold PPT treatment was very comfortable with no downtime so I could go out after the visit to Clifford Aesthetics. For those working, you can do this as a lunchtime treatment as well. If you are someone who is suffering from mild to cystic acne and you get frequent acne breakouts, I would definitely recommend that you give this treatment a try. The doctors will conduct a clinical assessment and determine if the treatment is suitable for you.

Thank goodness for Gold PTT treatment, my skin is cleared of acne and breakouts. If you are keen to try this, below are the details of The Clifford Clinic:

24 Raffles Place
#01-03 Clifford Centre
Singapore 048621
(Exit A from Raffles MRT)

Tel: + (65) 6532 2400 or Whatsapp:+ (65) 8318 6332

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