We also treat a variety of skin problems such as:
1. Solar Lentigo:
Solar lentigenes are commonly known as age-spots and a result of aging and ultra-violet light damage to the skin. They appear a a blotchy, irregular brown lesions usually on the sun-exposed parts of the face and back of the hands. Solar lentigenes can be effectively treated with the Nd:YAG Laser, Freia miracle creams and good quality sunsceens.
Melasma is an acquired pigmentaion disorder characterised by greyish-brown patchy discolouration on both cheeks and sometimes forehead, upper lip, chin and even the nose (sun-exposed areas of the face).It is a very common condition in Asia due in part to genetics and also the high ultra-violet intensity. This problem afflicts women, especially those with darker skin types more often than men.
It is known to be resistant to treatment and some creams may even make it worse after an initial period of improvement. Although Melasma is not a life-threatening condition, it can have a very significant impact on one’s self-esteem and psychological well-being.
Causes of Melasma
The causes of melasma are not fully understood but we know that genetic influence, UV exposure and even some oral contraceptive pills can trigger melasma. Pregnancy is known to worsen melasma, hence some have referred to melasma as the ‘mask of pregnancy’. Although melasma may improve after the pregnancy, our experience tells us that very often, it may persist for long periods if the appropriate treatment is not given.
Types of Melasma
There are predominantly three different types of melasma: epidermal (superficial), dermal (deep) or dermal/epidermal (mixed). Epidermal melasma are the most common (70% of cases) and thankfully the most treatable type.
Sometimes, melasma may co-exist with other skin conditions such as Hori’s Naevus, freckles, lentigenes, etc. That is why it is important to make an accurate diagnosis rather than indiscriminately applying the wrong types of over-the-counter creams. Our doctor will be able to accurately diagnose your skin problem and differentiate between the types of melasma using clinical judgement and the aid of special instruments.
Treatment options for Melasma
It is important to avoid aggravating or causative factors. We therefore recommend the daily use of good quality sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or more. Protective clothing, hats and umbrellas are also strongly advised. At Freia, we also routinely prescribe oral sunblock Heliocare for even better UV protection.
There are scientifically proven medical-grade agents that can lighten and even suppress the melanocytes responsible for melasma. These include Freia’s Intense Anti-aging Vitamin C serums, Epiquin Micro lightening cream, Triluma cream and the Cosmelan Painless Depigmentation Peel.
In combination with maintenance serums, creams and peels, the Nd:YAG Laser is also another very effective treatment option for patients suffering from Melasma. As a world-renowned laser system, the Medlite gently but effectively reduces melasma load after five to ten sessions. Objective photography attest to this in our patients, time and time again.
At Freia, we have refined our treatment methods to effectively keep melasma at bay. With a thorough understanding and accurate diagnosis of Melasma, our depigmentation protocols will help to bring out a fairer, radiant you. No longer will you have to apply thick make-up in a futile effort to camouflage your blemish.
]Freckles, or ephelides are flat, brownish spots that typically affects the upper cheeks where the sun exposure is at its most intense. Freckles are more common on fair skin types and become darker with UV exposure. Considered by many to be a skin blemish, this is a very common condition in individuals who enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle.
What causes freckles
Freckles have a genetic basis and are more likely in fair-skinned people. UV light has a role to play in worsening the appearance of freckles.
Treatment options for freckles
It is important to avoid excessive sunlight exposure, so a good quality sunscreen is recommended daily. Protective clothing, hats and umbrellas go a long way to protecting your skin from worsening freckles.
The Broadband Light IPL is very effective in removing superficial freckles. Patients see an immediate darkening of the treated freckles, which will usually flake off in the next three to five days. This results in a dramatic improvement to the freckles. We recommend to undergo one to two sessions of Broadband Light IPL depigmentation treatment.
For more resistant and deeper freckles, the Nd:YAG Laser is the second line in our treatment protocol. There is no down time for these treatments, so you can go right back to work.
4. Solar Keratosis:
Solar keratosis is another age-related skin condition. Sun exposure contributes to the development of solar keratosis and typically appears as a well-defined, raised brownish patch that may have a rough surface. You may have noticed it on the face, hands and even the back. Fret not, while this condition is very common and potentially distressing, it can be completely removed in a single session using our laser treatments.
- This is a very common condition that begins in childhood, often persisting long into adulthood. Some may out-grow the condition, but for others it can be a very difficult to bring eczema under control. We have effective creams and moisturizers to help reduce the attacks to a minimum. The best advice for eczema is to;
- Always try and keep cool, away from dust and heat
- Take short, cool to luke warm showers
- Avoid very hot baths and prolonged soaking in the tub
- Wear cool clothing like cotton
- Always remember to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
- As difficult as it is, do not scratch as it will only worsen the situation and may even leave skin infected and scarred
- Seek help early, to get the appropriate creams and medication prescribed
Tiny spider veins that appear on the skin are a result of sun damage, age and neglect, or the use of the wrong creams. Spider veins on the face and body can be effectively removed with a long-pulsed laser.
Rosacea is a condition where the cheeks appear flushed and red. It can be quite a distressing condition, but this can be effectively treated with the Broadband Light IPL to reduce redness and even out the skin tone.
8. Acne Vulgaris:
Acne or commonly called pimples, starts in the teenage years and can persist into adulthood if not brought under control, leaving scars. Acne can be treated effectively with the right types of skin cleansers, creams and oral medication. Often times, laser and Broadband Light IPL treatments may also be warranted.
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