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Pigment Laser

  • Advanced Pigment Laser treatment for flawless skin

  • Targets dark spots, sun damage, and uneven skin tone

  • Utilizes cutting-edge laser technology for precision

  • Safe, effective, and minimal downtime

  • Tailored to individual skin needs

  • Professional team dedicated to guiding through the entire process

  • Emphasis on achieving a radiant and rejuvenated complexion

$48 Nett

Patient with severe pigmentation on face

Our Pigment Laser is perform by our MOH Certified medical Doctor. 

Pigmentation Removal Singapore

Looking to tackle dark spots and uneven skin tone? Laser pigmentation treatments can help. This detailed guide covers their effectiveness for various types of skin pigmentation, what to expect during the procedure, and essential aftercare tips. If you’re considering laser intervention for clearer skin, read on for valuable insights.

Key Takeaways

  • Excessive production of melanin by melanocytes leads to skin pigmentation issues such as hyperpigmentation, characterized by dark spots and uneven skin tone that can affect a person’s confidence.

  • Skin pigmentation, influenced by genetics, environmental factors, and hormones, can potentially be managed or removed with treatments including laser therapy, but the permanence and efficacy depend on the type and depth of pigmentation.

  • The Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser, particularly the Helios Q-Switch Laser, is an effective non-ablative treatment for various pigmentation problems, but proper post-laser care is critical to minimize risks and ensure optimal results.

Understanding Skin Pigmentation

Illustration of skin pigmentation at cellular level

Before tackling skin pigmentation, one must first comprehend the role of melanocytes and melanin. Melanocytes are specialized cells that produce the pigment melanin, which contributes to our skin colour. But when these cells overproduce melanin, the result is pigmentation, which can manifest as dark, brown spots and patches, leading to an uneven skin tone and potentially impacting confidence levels.

Excessive melanin production causes abnormal pigmentation, resulting in a darker skin tone than the surrounding skin. This condition is referred to as hyperpigmentation. Pigmentation can occur in the superficial layer of the skin, the epidermis, or the deeper skin layer, the dermis, depending on the transfer of melanin and melanosomes.

The body naturally combats pigmentation, showing more effectiveness in removing smaller pigment particles like age spots. However, when it comes to larger pigmented lesions, a more targeted approach, like a pigmentation removal treatment, may be required.

Types of Pigmentation Issues

There are two primary classifications of pigmentation: epidermal and dermal. Epidermal pigmentation includes sun spots, while dermal pigmentation involves deeper skin layers. One common form of pigmentation is melasma, marked by light to dark brown or blue to grey patches. Treating melasma can be challenging, but certain laser treatments can prove effective. Over time, melasma tends to darken and lighten, influenced by factors like blood vessels.

Epidermal pigmentations are easily recognizable due to their well-defined borders and darker color than the surrounding skin. Dermal pigmentation, on the other hand, appears as slightly blurry, hazy patches that are lighter than epidermal pigmentation. By distinguishing these different pigmentation types, one can select the most suitable treatment.

Causes Behind Skin Pigmentation

Several factors can cause skin pigmentation. Interestingly, genetics can play a significant role. Certain pigmented lesions could be hereditary, leading to individuals being born with specific pigmentation. But it’s not all down to genetics.

Environmental factors like excessive sun exposure can heavily influence skin pigmentation. Prolonged sun exposure can regulate melanin production, leading to pigmentation issues. Hormonal influences also play a role in skin pigmentation. Hormones, particularly estrogen, can stimulate cells (called melanocytes and keratinocytes), causing changes in pigmentation. Knowledge of these common causes can assist in the prevention and management of pigmentation.

Preventing and Managing Pigmentation

Managing pigmentation effectively requires care both during and post-treatment. Following laser treatment, there is a possibility of the skin producing excess melanin due to UV radiation, leading to potential pigmentation recurrence. Therefore, post-treatment care plays a crucial role in preventing the reoccurrence of pigmentation issues.

Maintaining a solid skincare regimen is instrumental in managing pigmentation. It helps preserve skin health and mitigates the risk of additional pigmentation issues. Sun protection is a key aspect of this, and products like Crystal Tomato and Heliocare Ultra Oral offer efficient sun protection to mitigate additional pigmentation. The use of tranexamic acid can also aid in pigmentation treatment, reducing hypervascularity and inhibiting melanin production.

Treatment Options - Laser Pigmentation Removal

Laser Therapy for Pigmentation

There’s a range of treatment options available for skin pigmentation, including topical creams, medical peels (including chemical peels), and light-based procedures like non-ablative fractionated lasers or low fluence Q-switched lasers. However, different pigmentation treatments have varying levels of effectiveness. While superficial pigmentation types like freckles can be completely removed, deep pigmentation such as melasma is often only reduced by 70-90%.

A careful assessment of factors such as the extent and depth of pigmentation is a necessary step when considering laser treatments for pigmentation. Effective options include the pro yellow laser and PICO Second treatments, even for stubborn pigmentation.

Helios Q-Switch Laser: A Comprehensive Pigmentation Solution

One such effective solution for removing pigmentation is the q-switched laser aka Nd:YAG Helios Q-Switch Laser, also known as a YAG laser. This technology is a Q-Switched Nd YAG laser with dual wavelengths (1064nm & 532nm), delivering exceptional treatment outcomes. The Helios Q-Switch laser operates by emitting brief, high-energy light pulses that transform into heat, leading to the fragmentation of pigmented skin cells.

 

Subsequently, the body’s lymphatic system naturally reabsorbs and eliminates these fragments.

The Helios Q-Switch laser is capable of addressing a range of pigmentation issues, including solar lentigines, freckles, and deeper-pigmented lesions.

Doctor performing Pigment Laser on patient

The Process of Helios Q-Switch Laser Treatment

So what can you expect during a Helios Q-Switch Laser treatment? When undergoing the laser treatment, patients will:

  • Need to wear protective eyewear to shield their eyes

  • Numbing Cream is applied a few minutes before the laser process

  • May hear beeping or tapping sounds as the laser beams are applied to the skin

  • Experience a sensation from the laser that may feel like a mild prickling or produce a slight warmth. It varies from person to person.

 

The Helios Q-Switch laser offers the following benefits:

  • Precisely targets specific areas of the skin during treatment

  • Utilizes dual wavelengths (1064nm & 532nm) to efficiently address a diverse range of indications

  • Effective for treating pigmentary conditions and unwanted tattoos

A 3-step Laser Process

Step 1: Laser Toning the whole face

Step 2: Focusing more on the client's concerned area, which is the pigmentation

Step 3: Skin Rejuvenation and collagen production

Following laser treatment, the skin develops small reservoirs and the body’s lymphatic system is responsible for flushing out the pigmentation. It typically takes 4-6 weeks for the body to complete the processing of the broken pigmentation.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Helios Q-Switch Laser

The Helios Q-Switch Laser is highly regarded for its non-ablative nature, efficacy in skin rejuvenation, and ability to lighten superficial and deep pigmentation while preserving the surrounding tissue. However, like any treatment, it comes with potential drawbacks. Hypopigmentation, leading to the appearance of white patches on the skin, and hyperpigmentation, which may occur due to over-treatment or the laser’s photothermal effects, are some potential drawbacks to watch out for.

When compared to other pigmentation treatments, the Helios Q-Switch Laser presents notable advantages, as it is less painful and requires shorter sessions of approximately 30 minutes. However, Picosecond/Pico laser treatments may deliver superior results, particularly in addressing melasma, a particularly challenging type of pigmentation disorder.

Post-Laser Care Tips

Proper post-laser care is key to achieving optimal results and minimizing potential side effects. Dermatologists recommend using the following products for post-laser care:

  • Recovery creams prescribed by the treating physician

  • Medical-grade pigmentation creams

  • Moisturizers with optimal ingredients such as petrolatum, vitamin E, vitamin C, antioxidants, ferulic acid, hyaluronic acid, and peptides. Using these products will help ensure that your skin heals properly and maintains its health after laser treatment.

  • It is essential to keep the treated area clean and free from any irritants. Gently cleanse the area with a mild cleanser recommended by your dermatologist or skincare specialist. This will help remove any impurities while maintaining a proper balance of oils on your skin.

  • Moisturizing plays a vital role in post-laser care. Opt for a gentle moisturizer that is specifically formulated for sensitive or post-treatment skin. This will help restore moisture levels, soothe any discomfort, and promote overall healing.

  • To protect your skin from harmful UV rays, make sure to apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every time you step outside. The treated area may be more susceptible to sun damage during the healing process, so adequate sun protection is crucial to prevent hyperpigmentation or other complications.

  • Avoid picking at scabs or peeling skin as this can lead to scarring or infection. Instead, let nature take its course and allow the skin to naturally shed dead cells as part of its rejuvenation process.

  • Incorporating gentle exfoliation into your skincare routine after complete healing can help speed up cellular turnover and reveal brighter, healthier-looking skin. However, be sure to consult with your dermatologist before including any exfoliating products or treatments to determine when it's safe for you.

  • Lastly, don't forget about regular follow-up appointments with your dermatologist or skincare specialist. They will monitor your progress, address any concerns you may have, and provide further guidance on maintaining the results of your pigment laser treatment.

By diligently following these aftercare tips and incorporating them into your skincare routine, you can enhance the healing process, minimize potential complications, and achieve the best possible outcomes from your pigment laser treatment.

Failure to adhere to proper post-laser care may lead to side effects such as:

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Hypopigmentation

  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

  • Laser burns

  • Potential failure of the pigmentation removal treatment

Hence, adhering to your dermatologist’s post-laser care guidelines, including sunspot care, is crucial.

Frequency of Laser Treatments for Pigmentation

The frequency of laser treatments for pigmentation varies based on the type of pigmentation. Pico Laser treatments for melasma typically occur at intervals of 3 to 4 weeks, spanning a series of 3 to 6 sessions. Observing a minimum waiting period of four weeks between treatments to allow for complete skin cell turnover is indispensable.

Summary

In conclusion, while skin pigmentation issues can be distressing, there are effective treatment options available, such as the Helios Q-Switch Laser. Understanding the nature of pigmentation, its causes, and types, along with following a proper skincare routine, can help manage and prevent pigmentation. With professional help, it’s possible to achieve a clearer, more even skin tone.

Frequently Asked Questions about Laser for Pigmentation Singapore

Does pigmentation come back after laser?

However, it's worth noting that there are certain factors that can influence whether or not pigmentation may return. These include sun exposure, hormonal changes, and genetic predisposition. Excessive sun exposure without proper protection can trigger melanin production once again, leading to the reappearance of pigmentation. Hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause can also affect melanin production and potentially cause recurrent pigmentation.

To minimize the risk of pigment returning after laser treatment, it is crucial to follow proper aftercare instructions provided by your dermatologist or aesthetician. This may involve avoiding excessive sun exposure, wearing sunscreen with a high SPF regularly, and using gentle skincare products suitable for your skin type.

Is Skin Pigmentation Permanent?

The question that often comes up is: Is skin pigmentation permanent? The answer isn’t straightforward. The permanence of skin pigmentation is influenced by various factors, including the regulation of cutaneous pigmentation and hormonal factors such as estrogen, α-MSH, ACTH, and endorphin.

Interestingly, skin pigmentation has the potential to naturally diminish over time, although the timeframe for this process can be extended, spanning several months or even years. The aging process can also influence the permanency of pigmentation, with mottled pigmentation and melasma being typical signs of photoaging.

Can laser remove pigmentation permanently?

If you're tired of dealing with unwanted pigmentation on your skin, laser treatment may be the solution you've been looking for. Laser technology has made significant advancements in recent years, and many people are turning to this non-invasive procedure to remove pigmentation permanently. With its precise targeting capabilities, laser treatment can effectively break down melanin deposits in the skin, reducing the appearance of pigmentation and providing long-lasting results. Let's explore how laser treatment works and why it is considered a reliable option for permanent pigmentation removal.

Can laser worsen pigmentation?

Laser treatments have become increasingly popular for various skin concerns, including pigmentation issues. However, it is important to address the question of whether laser treatments can worsen pigmentation rather than improve it. Rest assured, when performed by skilled professionals and with the right precautions, lasers can effectively treat pigmentation without exacerbating the condition. By understanding how lasers work and considering individual factors, you can make an informed decision about utilizing this advanced technology to achieve clearer and more radiant skin.

Dr Sy Li Lin in doctor attire photoshoot

Meet our Doctor, Dr. Sy Li Lin

Dr. Sy Li Lin is an experienced aesthetic doctor with 12 years of experience and counting, who has performed a vast number of lasers and injectables, and holds numerous prestigious certifications, offering evidence-based and personalised treatments to clients based on their individual concerns and aesthetic goals, drawing from her extensive clinical background and beauty pageant experience. She is the Medical Director at Fundamental Aesthetic Medical Clinic

Why choose us?

Focused After Care

Modern Facilities

Fully Accredited Specialist

500, 000 lasers performed
50, 000 injectables performed.
23 years of doctor experience combined

Experts in pigmentation treatment, anti-aging, acne reduction.

Customised solution for every individual.

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Where to Find Us

Visit us at our aesthetic medical clinic located at Block 11 Jalan Bukit Merah #03-4460, Singapore 150011.

 

Do give us a call at +65 8368 5739 or email us at enquiry@fundamentalaesthetics.com.sg

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