Laser pigmentation removal is often hailed as a highly effective solution for addressing skin pigmentation issues. However, not everyone experiences the expected results. If you’ve undergone laser removal to remove pigmentation and found it ineffective, here are 6 possible reasons why.
Inadequate Number of Sessions
One common reason laser pigmentation removal may not have yielded the desired results is an inadequate number of treatment sessions. Depending on the severity of your pigmentation, you may require multiple sessions for optimal outcomes. Consult with your medical practitioner to ensure you’ve completed the recommended treatment cycles.
The skill and experience of your practitioner significantly impact the success of laser pigmentation removal. Each laser has hundreds and thousands of different settings, an inexperienced practitioner may use incorrect and ineffective settings or wavelengths, increasing the risk of complications and/or decreasing effectiveness. Ensure you choose a qualified and reputable practitioner for your treatments.
Type of Pigmentation
Different types of pigmentation respond differently to laser treatments. For instance, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and melasma may require specific laser wavelengths or combination treatments. Pigmentation like sunspots may require different kinds of laser to tackle it. Hence, it is important to identify the specific type of pigmentation you have and it is also crucial for choosing the most effective laser approach.
Skin type is a crucial factor that can significantly influence the outcome of laser pigmentation removal treatments. The Fitzpatrick scale is commonly used to classify different skin types based on their response to UV radiation and their tendency to develop pigmentation issues. Fitzpatrick skin types range from I (very fair) to VI (very dark).
Fitzpatrick Skin Types IV-VI:
Individuals with darker skin tones, typically falling into Fitzpatrick skin types IV to VI, have a higher melanin concentration in their skin. While melanin provides natural protection against UV damage, it can also make laser treatments more challenging for several reasons.
- Risk of Post-Treatment Complications: Darker skin contains more melanin, which can absorb laser energy and potentially cause excess heat in the skin. This can lead to post-treatment complications, such as hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) or hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin). These complications can be particularly problematic for individuals with darker skin tones.
- Nuances in Laser Selection: Different laser wavelengths and settings are more suitable for specific skin types. Practitioners need to select the appropriate laser technology and settings that minimise the risk of complications while effectively targeting pigmentation. This requires an in-depth understanding of how various lasers interact with different skin types.
- Extended Recovery Period: Darker-skinned individuals may experience a longer recovery period compared to those with lighter skin. It’s important to follow post-treatment care instructions diligently and protect the skin from sun exposure during this period to mitigate complications.
- Experienced Practitioners: Given the complexities involved in treating darker skin tones, it’s critical to seek the expertise of experienced practitioners who are well-versed in treating individuals with diverse skin types. Experienced practitioners can customise treatments to minimise risks and optimise results.
Excessive sun exposure before or after laser pigmentation removal can hinder its effectiveness. UV rays can trigger new pigmentation issues and worsen existing ones. It is advisable to apply sunscreen everyday, even if you are indoors as there are UV rays reflected indoors and can pass through glass. Try to minimise exposure to the sun and if you need to head out, protect your skin from the sun with protective clothing, especially during the recovery period.
Certain skincare products, like those containing retinoids or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), can make your skin more sensitive to laser treatments. Using incompatible skincare products before or after the procedure can lead to adverse effects. Always follow your practitioner’s skincare recommendations to optimise results.
What to Expect with Pico Laser Pigmentation Removal
Pico laser technology has gained popularity for pigmentation removal in Singapore. It utilises ultra-short pulses to break down pigmentation with minimal heat, reducing the risk of complications. Pico lasers are known for their ability to treat various pigmentation types effectively.
Laser Pigmentation Removal in Singapore
In Singapore, laser pigmentation removal is a sought-after treatment for addressing skin pigmentation concerns. With the advancements in laser technology and experienced practitioners, many individuals have achieved effective results in improving their skin’s clarity and texture.
At M-Aesthetic Clinic, we offer the full range of Pigmentation Removal Laser Treatments, particularly the Fotona PQX Pico Laser which effectively treats pigmentation.
The Fotona PQX Pico Laser treatment combines the peak PICO power of both Nd:YAG and KTP laser wavelengths to deliver precise and effective treatments. The term “PICO laser” is derived from the word “picosecond”, which is 1⁄1,000,000,000,000 (one trillionth) of a second. Its’ pulses induce skin remodelling in a photoacoustic, completely non-thermal way, making it a very safe option for all skin types.
In conclusion, while laser pigmentation removal can be highly effective, several factors can influence its success. Ensuring you have the right number of sessions, choosing the correct laser for your pigmentation type and skin, protecting your skin from sun exposure, following a suitable skincare routine, and selecting an experienced practitioner are essential steps to maximise the benefits of laser pigmentation removal in Singapore.