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Skin pigmentation is a common problem and it can be an unpleasant issue for many. If home remedies aren’t working for you, it is advisable to seek help from an experienced medical professional.

In this article, we will discuss how many laser sessions are required to remove pigmentation.

The types of pigmentation

There are various types of pigmentation conditions. Understanding the type of pigmentation you have is important as it will ensure a more effective pigmentation treatment.

It can be classified into 3 main classifications – Epidermal, Dermal & a mix of both. The diagram below illustrates the layers of human skin.

human skin layer   


Pigmentation Laser Treatments in Singapore

Laser treatments have been proven to be very effective in removing pigmentation. They often require no to almost minimal downtime and are quick and pain-free.


Pigmentation Lightening Laser


spectra xt laser

The popular laser treatment, which has no downtime, is the Pigmentation Lightening Laser. This is a photo-enhancer based laser treatment.

The procedure is safe on most skin types and is a fantastic way to treat melasma, pigmentation whilst brightening 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.

It takes about 30 minutes and numbing cream is applied before the melasma treatment to ensure maximum comfort during the procedure.

There is no downtime with this treatment.

What kind of improvement can I expect to see with this treatment?

  • Treats melasma, pigmentation and other signs of sun damage
  • 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, several sessions are needed. 


Thulium BB Laser


Thulium BB Laser


The Thulium BB Laser is a stronger laser treatment that effectively targets Melasma, Pigmentation conditions, brightens the skin, smoothens the texture of the skin and improves the 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.

The Thulium BB Laser is a unique sub-ablative thulium 1927nm laser for skin resurfacing, treatment of melasma and pigmentation condition, and rejuvenating the skin. 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

The Thulium BB Laser can be combined with the Spectra XT Laser to further enhance the results and successfully reduce the appearance of Melasma and other pigmentation conditions.


How many laser sessions are needed to remove pigmentation?


As we all know, pigmentation does not go away or lighten in 1-2 sessions. Here is the summary of the type of pigmentation and the approximate number of sessions needed to effectively remove the pigmentation.


Epidermal pigmentation Dermal pigmentation & Mixture
Spectra XT Laser 5 sessions 10 sessions
Thulium BB Laser 3 sessions 6 sessions



At M-Aesthetic Clinic, Dr Ho Rui Ming will do a skin assessment to identify the kind of pigmentation you have, and recommend a suitable pigmentation removal treatment.


To see results, you will need patience and be committed to the programme. Apart from receiving laser treatments, a daily skin regime which includes applying sunblock and whitening cream is also important. Wear a hat or bring an umbrella whenever you head out to minimise exposure from the harmful UV rays.


After completing the series of treatments, if you do not take care of your skin, new pigmentation can appear over time. Hence, it is very important to maintain a good regime to prevent new pigmentation from forming.


We recommend a religious daily usage of sunscreen for short and long-term treatment of skin pigmentation. If possible, avoid prolonged sun exposure in the daytime. Whenever you need to step out, reapply your sun block and a cap or a hat to reduce sun damage.

To keep pigmentation at bay, we also recommend a monthly or bi-monthly session of Hollywood Peel and Advanced Medical Infusion Treatment.




Pigmentation may be a headache, but with patience and determination, it can be treated.

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 wish to treat your pigmentation, 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!


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