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Laser Pigmentation Removal

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Laser Pigmentation treatment

what is laser pigmentation removal?

Laser pigmentation removal is an effective option for addressing pigmentation concerns. With the recent advances in technology, we are able to selectively target pigment within your skin with little collateral damage. The success of your treatment depends on the specific type of pigmentation, the depth of the pigmentation within your skin and your skin type.


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With over 15 years of experience, Dr Ng approaches your pigmentation concerns with a commitment to patient safety, satisfaction, and results. As a skilled laser surgeon treating a variety of pigmentation disorders across all skin types in all ages, we have helped many patients achieve clearer and healthier skin. Drawing upon the latest evidence-based practice coupled with his wealth of experience, Dr. Ng will help craft a personalised treatment plan for you to achieve your aesthetic goals.

How does laser pigmentation removal work?

Lasers are commonly used in dermatology for various skin conditions, including pigmentation issues like hyperpigmentation (dark spots), vascular conditions, skin resurfacing and scar resurfacing. The principle behind laser treatment for pigmentation involves selective photothermolysis.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Selective Absorption: Different pigments in the skin absorb different wavelengths of light. Laser devices emit light at specific wavelengths that are absorbed by the pigment in the skin. For example, for treating darker pigments like melanin, lasers emitting wavelengths in the visible or near-infrared spectrum are often used.

  2. Targeting Pigment Cells: Once the laser light is absorbed by the pigment in the skin, it’s converted into heat energy. This heat selectively damages the pigment-containing cells, such as melanocytes in the case of melanin pigmentation.

  3. Skin Response: The body’s natural healing processes then work to remove the damaged pigment cells. Over time, as the skin heals, the pigmentation becomes lighter or more even.

  4. Multiple Sessions: Laser treatments for pigmentation often require multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart to achieve the desired results. This allows the skin to heal between treatments and maximizes the effectiveness of the pigmentation removal.

  5. Types of Lasers: Different types of lasers are used depending on the type and depth of pigmentation being treated. For example, Q-switched lasers are commonly used for removing darker pigments like those found in tattoos or melasma, while Picosecond lasers are effective for treating more stubborn pigmentation issues.

  6. Side Effects and Risks: While laser treatments for pigmentation are generally safe when performed by a qualified dermatologist or laser specialist, there can be some risks such as temporary redness, swelling, or changes in skin texture. It’s important to undergo treatment under the supervision of a trained professional to minimize these risks.

what are some of the common pigmentation concerns?

What Are Freckles?

facial freckles

What do Hollywood celebrities such as Lucy Liu, Julianne Moore and Lindsay Lohan have in common? Freckles, lots of them! If you reside in a Sunny climate such as Singapore, California or the Maldives, expect to have lots of freckles especially if you do not sun proof your skin.

Freckles are multiple small brown pigmentation that are common found on the face, back and forearms. They are due to an increase in melanin in the skin cells, and increase in colour and number under increased sun exposure. While considered a benign condition, many individuals seek to have their freckles removed. The first step is the use of a regular sunblock to prevent more freckles from forming. Laser pigment removal is effective and can lead to an improvement in 1-2 sessions, however freckles can recur if the skin is re-exposed to ultraviolet radiation.

What are Sun Spots?

sun spots

A sun spot (solar lentigo) is sometimes called a liver or Age spot, but it is a misnomer, as it has nothing to do with any liver disease, but gets more common as we age. It’s a completely benign condition, but can be cosmetically displeasing.

Solar lentigines are common in fair skinned individuals, and occur on sun-exposed areas such as the face, back and forearms. They are larger in size compared to freckles, and appear as oval to round flat areas of pigmentation, and can increase in size, number and colour with age and sun exposure.

As with freckles, sun protection is important. Lightening creams can improve the appearance of the solar lentigo to a certain extent. Laser pigmentation removal is effective and safe in all skin types.

What Is Melasma?

melasma on cheeks

Melasma is a common skin pigmentation condition affecting many Asians. The appearance of Melasma can range from small-pigmented patches on the cheeks, to involving the forehead, nose, upper lips, and jaw line. Many factors contribute to Melasma. There may be a genetic susceptibility if there is a family history of Melasma. Melasma is commonly observed in pregnant woman, and is coined the ‘Mask of Pregnancy’.

Hormonal influence has an impact on Melasma, and women who are on hormonal treatments have a greater risk of Melasma. Sun exposure is another factor, as the ultraviolet rays can stimulate more melanin production.

The treatment of Melasma remains challenging, and is associated with a high recurrence rate. Treatment options include topical lightening agents, chemical peels and Laser treatments in refractory cases.

Our Laser Pigmentation Removal Program can help melasma that is not responding to lightening products.

What Is Hori's Nevus?

Hori's nevus
Hori's Naevus

Hori’s nevus, also known as Acquired Bilateral Naevus of Ota-Like Macules (ABNOM) is a condition seen almost exclusively in Asian Chinese skin type. It typically, appears as bluish-gray flat hyperpigmentation on the cheeks, but may involve the eyelids, forehead and nose as well.

As the pigmentation in ABNOM is deeper into the skin, topical lightening creams are rarely effective to clear the pigmentation. The Laser Pigment Removal Program  penetrates deeply into the skin effectively to manage this condition. Multiple laser sessions will give better results.

What Is Post-inflammatory Hyerpigmentation?

post inflammatory hyperpigmentation on forehead
Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a fairly condition seen after an injury (e.g. burn) infection, or inflammation (e.g. Acne, Eczema) to the skin. It may even occur after laser treatment when the skin is very reactive. It can be temporary lasting a couple of months before it fades away, or may become a permanent feature on your skin.

At our clinic, we commonly come across many individuals concerned about their scars after an Acne flare that they want removed. If you look closely, these are actually flat dark spots, and are the result of inflammation under the skin. Another frequently seen case would be a dark patch on the skin after you recover from a burn or an insect bite.

There are several treatment options to manage PIH. It may include prescription topical creams, chemical peels, or the laser pigmentation removal program. Learn more about the Underarm Whitening Laser Treatment.

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How do you protect your skin against pigmentation?

  1. Wear a Sunblock daily of at least SPF 30-50 and PA +++, to protect against Ultra Violet rays (UVA & UVB).
  2. Forget about Sun tanning, or tanning booths. Although the bronzed look may appear appealing initially, you are actually damaging your skin, accelerating the process of aging and increasing the risk of skin cancer.
  3. Avoid being out in the Sun, especially mid-day sun where UV exposure is intense. Protect yourself with a Hat, Sunglasses, and don long sleeve shirts. Use an umbrella! Stay in the shade where possible.

what is the laser pigmentation removal procedure like?

The laser pigmentation procedure typically involves several steps, and it’s important to undergo it under the supervision of a qualified doctor or laser specialist. Here’s a general outline of what you can expect during a laser pigmentation treatment session:

  1. Consultation: Before the procedure, you’ll have a consultation with your doctor. During this consultation, they will assess your skin condition, discuss your concerns, and explain the laser treatment process. They may also take photographs of the treatment area for reference.

  2. Preparation: On the day of the procedure, the treatment area will be cleaned thoroughly to remove any makeup, dirt, or oils. You may also be given protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser light.

  3. Skin Test: In some cases, especially if it’s your first laser treatment or if you have sensitive skin, a skin test may be performed. This involves applying the laser to a small area of the skin to assess how it reacts and determine the appropriate settings for your treatment.

  4. Application of Topical Anesthetic: Depending on the sensitivity of your skin and the type of laser being used, a topical anaesthetic may be applied to the treatment area to minimize discomfort during the procedure. This usually needs some time to take effect.

  5. Laser Treatment: Once the skin is prepared, the doctor will begin the laser treatment. They will use a handheld device to deliver short bursts of laser light to the pigmented areas of the skin. You may feel a slight tingling or snapping sensation as the laser pulses are delivered, but any discomfort should be minimal, especially with the topical anaesthetic.

  6. Post-Treatment Care: After the laser treatment is complete, a soothing gel or cream may be applied to the treated area to help calm the skin. You’ll also be given instructions on how to care for your skin in the days following the procedure, including avoiding sun exposure and using sunscreen to protect the treated area.

  7. Follow-Up: Depending on the severity of your pigmentation and your skin’s response to the treatment, you may need multiple laser sessions spaced several weeks apart to achieve the desired results. Your doctor will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions about laser pigmentation removal

Most patients experience minimal discomfort during laser pigmentation removal. Topical numbing creams or cooling devices may be used to enhance comfort during the procedure. Patients typically describe the sensation as a mild tingling or snapping feeling.

The number of treatment sessions required depends on various factors, including the type and severity of pigmentation, the type of laser used, and individual skin response. Generally, multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart are needed to achieve optimal results.

While laser pigmentation removal is considered safe when performed by a qualified professional, there may be temporary side effects such as redness, swelling, itching, or changes in pigmentation. Serious complications are rare but can include blistering, scarring, or infection.

Most patients experience minimal downtime after laser pigmentation removal. There may be some redness or mild swelling immediately after the procedure, but these typically subside within a few days. Patients can usually resume their normal activities immediately after treatment.

The results of laser pigmentation removal can be long-lasting, especially when combined with proper sun protection and skincare. However, maintenance treatments may be recommended periodically to address any new pigmentation issues that arise.

Suitable candidates for laser pigmentation removal are individuals with realistic expectations who are in good overall health. However, certain skin types and conditions may not be suitable for laser treatment, and a consultation with a doctor is necessary to determine candidacy.

Before undergoing laser pigmentation removal, it’s essential to follow any pre-treatment instructions provided by your dermatologist. This may include avoiding sun exposure, discontinuing certain skincare products, or taking medications as prescribed. It’s also important to inform your provider about any medical conditions or medications you’re currently taking.

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To access the best laser pigmentation removal treatment for your unique condition, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Under Dr. Ng’s care, you will receive a personalized treatment plan that comprehensively addresses your unique cosmetic concerns, so you can enjoy natural, sustainable results.

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laser pigmentation removal

Laser technology has revolutionized the way we address pigmentation concerns. It's important to note that laser pigmentation removal is a customized procedure tailored to each patient's unique skin type, pigmentation issue, and treatment goals. Therefore, a thorough consultation with a qualified laser surgeon is essential to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

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