Pigmentation Removal

melanin pigmentation

What is Pigmentation Removal?

Pigmentation is the colour of our skin; it comes from melanin which is produced by cells known as melanocytes in Singapore. Changes in melanin in specific areas of the skin can result in pigmentation spots on the face. The common misconception is that pigmentation is just dark spots on the face (known as hyperpigmentation). However, issues such as hypopigmentation ( light spots), and depigmentation (white patches) also fall under the umbrella of pigmentation.

Pigmentation removal for Asian skin, in particular,  needs to be individually curated as each skin tone has different melanin levels and, hence, different pigmentation manifestations. In darker skin tones, improper treatment can worsen pigmentation and cause further damage.  

How does pigmentation removal work?

The most important phase of pigmentation removal is the consultation phase. During the consultation, your skin’s condition will be evaluated. This includes identifying what is causing your pigmentation problem and whether there is a risk of the condition persisting in the future. Next, treatment options will be evaluated. These include: 

  • Topical creams and serums: to promote skin and cell turnover, reducing pigmentation problems.
  • Chemical peels: identifying the right strength to safely exfoliate the pigmented areas and promote the growth of new and healthier skin cells.
  • Laser therapy: for more permanent pigmentation issues like melasma, laser technology such as the PicoCare 450 Laser and Revlite Laser will be explored. 
  • Microneedling: if skin dryness is identified along with pigmentation, microneedling will be suggested to improve the absorption of topical treatments, leading to improved skin texture and reduced pigmentation problems.

Microinjections: such as the Rejuran I (Eye), help to improve hydration, reduce dark pigments, and increase cell regeneration.

before and after pigmentation treatment

Benefits of pigmentation removal in Singapore

  • Sustainable and long-lasting results 
  • Clear and more even-toned skin 
  • Minimally invasive 
  • Consistent and gradual improvement 
  • Addresses root cause 
  • Improved self-confidence 

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What conditions can pigmentation removal treat?

There are various pigmentation issues, each requiring a different treatment approach. Below are some types of pigmentation conditions that can be treated: 

Sunspots/solar lentigines
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
Facial birthmarks
Café au lait spots/birthmarks
Sun moustache
Sun Moustache (Melasma)

What results can I expect from pigmentation removal in Singapore?

Depending on the severity of the pigmentation condition and the type of treatment you have opted for, the expected timeline for results may vary. It can take up to three months to see results when using non-invasive treatments such as creams and serums. However, results are evident within the session for treatments such as lasers. 

You will be informed during the consultation on a feasible timeline to expect visible results. Additionally, underlying causes for your pigmentation will also be addressed.

pigmentation session

How many treatment sessions are needed?

This depends on the type of treatment you are exploring and the severity of your pigmentation. For instance, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) caused by acne, scars, or allergies may require the application of topical creams for a few months at different strengths (increasing strength as time goes by or reducing it). You must return for evaluation and a new prescription to ensure appropriate treatment at all intervals. 

For lasers, you may require up to three sessions at approximately two-month intervals between each treatment session. The commitment required will be elaborated to ensure you can make an informed decision that best suits you.

Frequently asked questions

Removing pigmentation permanently is possible; this can be done safely and effectively when you work with your doctor and follow their recommendations. This includes avoiding the sun, wearing sunblock, and adhering to the prescribed skincare routine.
Apple cider, toothpaste, garlic, and other home remedies are often touted as pigmentation removers. We do not recommend this as you will be disrupting the pH balance of your skin, further exacerbating your condition.
Melasma is not just a condition for older individuals. Certain medications, health conditions such as thyroid diseases, and exposure to harmful UV rays can result in upper lip melasma. However, you can avoid recurrence with the proper treatment and skin protection measures.

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