Living in Singapore, we face the sun 365 days a year and the chances of pigmentation occurring due to excessive ultraviolet (UV) exposure is indeed high.
Both men and women are highly susceptible to pigmentation issues such as melasma, freckles, sunspots and Hori’s naevus. Pigmentation is acknowledged by many as one of the most challenging issues to resolve on your own. So what are the most effective medical treatments to remove them?
This article will discuss proven and effective medical treatments that will help to remove pigmentation.
What is Pigmentation?
Pigmentation is formed because of the production of melanin in our skin. Darker skin colour will have more pigments present in our skin. Melanin is produced in our skin by cells called melanocytes. These melanocytes contain melanosomes which produces and stores melanin.
Causes of Pigmentation
A major factor is exposure to the harmful UV radiation from the sun, resulting in increased melanin production.
Other common factors that can cause pigmentation may include:
- Hormonal changes,
- Skin trauma
- Inflammation caused by acne etc.
These factors can stimulate melanocytes, the pigment-making cells in the skin, to make a surplus of pigment, causing an increase in pigment into the lower levels of the skin.
Effective Treatment Plan to Remove Pigmentation
At M-Aesthetic Clinic, we offer a full range of laser treatments that treat all kinds of pigmentation. All treatment plans are customised accordingly and done in the comfort of our professional Singapore clinic.
With years of experience, the most effective plan is a combination of different pathways such as topical creams, laser treatments, oral medication and supplements that have proven to successfully treat pigmentation.
Dr Ho will spend time to assess your skin condition before customising any treatment plans as identifying the type of pigmentation you have is the most crucial step in the pigmentation removal.
1. Proprietary whitening creams
The Ultra Whitening Complex is an intense proprietary-only whitening cream that combines multiple, effective proven whitening ingredients to treat pigmentation.
2. Oral tablets
Certain oral medications target pathways in pigmentation formation and helps to lighten different pigmentation conditions.
A well-known supplement that is proven to help to reduce pigmentation is Heliocare Max 240 Purewhite Radiance.
Containing an additional dose of Fernblock®, it has an excellent antioxidant property that is able to reduce free radicals by up to 50%, preventing the formation of hyperpigmentation caused by UV rays.
A recent study conducted in National Skin Centre, Singapore, showed a 62% improvement in melasma when compared to baseline in just 12 weeks.
Furthermore, Purewhite Radiance Max 240 is enhanced with the exclusive blend of White Tech Complex where it controls and blocks the main enzyme that is responsible for melanin production. The blend in White Tech Complex consists of Pomegranate extract, L-Cystine, vitamin C and B3, all clinically proven to promote skin fairness and radiance
Combination of different lasers for melasma and pigmentation
Developments and advancement in technology have introduced more options for non-surgical procedures especially in Laser Treatments. Apart from being very effective, these laser procedures often require no to almost minimal downtime and are quick and pain-free.
Spectra XT Laser
The popular laser treatment, which has no downtime, is the Spectra XT Laser or also known as the “Hollywood Peel”. This is a one of a kind photo-enhancer based laser treatment that is performed only using the Spectra XT ™ laser.
The procedure is safe on all skin types and is a fantastic way to brighten up your skin without the longer downtimes associated with other procedures!
It uses no harsh formulas or abrasive scrubbing tools, which means no bleeding and adverse chemical reactions; yet promises the instant effects one would expect from a professional face peel.
The Spectra XT Laser session takes about 30 minutes. The Spectra carbon lotion is applied to the skin first and the laser heats the carbon lotion to penetrate into the pores for a deep exfoliation. Then, the laser removes the carbon. With it comes dead skin cells and anything that was clogging the pores, leaving your skin clear, bright and toned.
What kind of improvement can I expect to see with this treatment?
- Improves melasma and other signs of sun damage
- Treats pigmentation
- Improves skin tone, texture and elasticity
- Brightens and tightens skin for a natural, well-rested look
- Reduces all types of acne
- Controls sebum production
- Reduces redness from inflamed acne
For best results, subsequent sessions of the Spectra XT Laser are needed.
Thulium BB Laser
The Thulium BB Laser is a stronger laser treatment that effectively targets facial pigmentation, Melasma, brightens the skin and improves size of pores. In South Korea, many call it the BB Laser because of its ability to improve the texture and tone of the skin, just like when applying BB cream to the skin.
Thulium BB Laser is a unique sub-ablative thulium 1927nm laser for skin resurfacing and rejuvenating. The laser’s wavelength penetrates to a level between the lower part of the epidermis and dermis where it is able to target freckles, sunspots, age spots and Melasma while renewing damaged skin and stimulating collagen production.
The wavelength penetrates the upper dermis while not causing the upper layer to peel.
What kind of improvement can I expect to see with this treatment?
- Improvement in pigmentation & Melasma
- Skin brightening/ Fairer skin
- Smoother, younger looking skin
- Pore tightening
- Overall improvement in skin texture and tone
- Improvement in fine wrinkles
Thulium BB Laser can be combined with Spectra XT Laser to successfully reduce appearance of Melasma.
Skin Maintenance Treatment
After completion of the treatment duration, necessary care and maintenance is still needed to prevent new pigmentation from reappearing. We recommend a good sunscreen of SPF30 at least and proper skin care.
New spots can surface when melanocytes produce more melanin resulting in pigmentation when triggered by factors such as damage from the sun, hormonal changes (such as during pregnancy and menopause), or even stress.
Maintenance laser treatments can also help prevent new spots from forming, by treating it before they worsen and show more visibly on the skin.
Pigmentation is a common problem, but with patience and determination, it can be treated. We strongly believe in ‘prevention is better than cure’, but even if it does appear, start seeking treatment early to keep it under control.
Dr Ho believes that every individual is unique and he takes into account their lifestyle habits, budget, condition and severity of the pigmentation. He then plans a suitable treatment plan for each individual, tracks and records the process for best results.
Should you be having pigmentation and is bothered by it, contact us right away and schedule an appointment now with Dr Ho Rui Ming so that he can come up with the most suitable and effective plan for you.