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Underarm Whitening Laser Treatment

Underarm whitening laser treatment uses an advanced Q-switched laser to improve the appearance of dark underarms caused by pigmentation. This safe treatment is non-invasive and visible results are seen in a few sessions with minimal downtime and no discomfort.

multiple causes of underarm pigmentation

What Causes Underarm Pigmentation?

Underarm pigmentation can be frustrating and cause many individuals to lose self-esteem. Moreover, many of the causes of underarm pigmentation are preventable in the first place, and some conditions may even signal an underlying medical condition. It is important to know that causes of underarm pigmentation so that we can take steps to prevent it from appearing in the first place.

Any inflammation to the skin may lead to an over-expression of melanin production in the skin. This is known as Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH). Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation may arise from atopic eczema, repetitive friction, burns and skin infections. PIH is more common in darker skin individuals. The deposition of melanin within the skin may be superficial and/or deep, which explains why over-the-counter lightening creams may not be effective.

Skin care products such as deodorants that may be too harsh for the skin and can subsequently cause underarm pigmentation. One study found that the fragrance component of deodorants are a leading cause of allergic contact dermatitis.

Acanthosis Nigricans is a dermatological condition that is manifested as hyperpigmentation over the neck , underarm and groin region. The skin often feels velvety and rough. Skin tags are often found in the affected areas as well. Acanthosis nigricans is associated with obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes. You should see a doctor for further assessment if you suspect that you may have skin changes of acanthosis nigricans.

Underarm Pigmentation Treatments

The goals of underarm pigmentation treatment is first to treat any underlying factors. For example, if you have atopic eczema, regular use of moisturisers help to repair the skin barrier and prevent an eczema flare. In addition, it would be wise to do a test spot on a small area of skin when using new skin care products such as a deodorant for the first time. Sun protection and the use of a regular sunscreen can minimise darkening.

A variety of topical treatments are available to help lighten pigmentation. However, the use of these topical products are only limited to pigmentation affecting the epidermal layer of the skin. Dermal pigmentation does not respond well to topical creams and chemical peels. During the consultation, we will examine the area of pigmentation using a Wood's lamp to determine the extent and depth of the affected area.

Multiple lightening ingredients that have been used for pigmentation have both a anti-inflammatory and depigmenting effect. This may include kojic acid, niacinamide, tretinoin, corticosteroids and hydroquinone. We have specially formulated topical lightening creams suited for all skin types however new or old your underarm pigmentation may be.

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Underarm Whitening Laser Treatment

An advanced Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser system can effectively target deeper pigmentation within the skin. This treatment is suitable for cases in which underarm pigmentation has not responded to topical lightening creams, mixed epidermal and dermal pigmentation, and predominantly dermal pigmentation.  The laser energy breaks down the melanin, which is subsequently taken away by your body's healing response in a few treatment sessions.

Is This The Same as IPL?

No. IPL stands for intensed pulsed light and can be found in many beauty salons and spas. They utilize a broad band of wavelength to treat a variety of skin conditions. A gel is applied to the skin, and a bright flash of light is emitted during treatment, and feels like a rubber band snapping on the skin.

On the other hands, laser treatments work on the principles of selective photo-thermolysis. They utilize a specific wavelength to treat a particular skin concern. They are highly specific, stronger and more effective than IPL systems. Laser systems can only be owned and operated by approved medical clinics in Singapore. 

What Is The Procedure Like?

The underarm whitening laser treatment procedure is comfortable and well tolerated. Your skin is cleansed and provided goggles are worn for eye protection. During the laser procedure, you may feel a tingling warm sensation. This is a completely painless procedure.

Is There Any Downtime?

There is no significant downtime associated with the underarm whitening laser treatment. Sometimes, there may be mild redness over the skin and you may experience a mild tingling sensation. This lasts mostly minutes and at most a few hours after the procedure. Resuming normal activities and using our prescription lightening products can be applied soon after the procedure. 

How Fast Will I See Results?

The degree of improvement will depend on factors such as depth, severity and skin type. Generally, you may see improvement in the appearance of pigmentation from about 6 weeks. This is because the fragmented pigmented particles are gradually resorbed by the body's immune system. 

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References:

  1. Taylor SC, Grimes PE, Lim J, et al. Postinflammatory Hyperpigmentation. J Cutan Med Surg. 2009;13:183–191.
  2. Hakozaki T, Minwalla L, Zhuang J, et al. The effect of niacinamide on reducing cutaneous pigmentation and suppression of melanosome transfer. Br J Dermatol. 2002;147:20–31.
  3. Cho SB, Park SJ, Kim JS, Kim MJ, Bu TS. Treatment of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation using 1064-nm Q-switched Nd:YAG laser with low fluence: report of three cases. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2009;23:1026–7.