Pigment Reduction (Pigmentation Treatment):
Men and women exposed to high sunlight intensity and neglect struggle to deal with a build-up of pigmentation on their face, upper chest and the back of their hands, which gets worse over time. Unwanted pigmentation and uneven skin tone makes one appear older and more tired. We all want to have that youthful, healthy glow on our skin.
We have been treating pigmentation problems successfully using a combination of effective and safe options. We have a full range of established lasers namely the Medlite laser, Dual Yellow laser, Sciton Profile BBL and Spectra laser. A full set of skin care to complement the laser treatment helps to bring out the best in your skin. The result is a clearer, fresher look.
The power of medical Lasers:
Different pigments exist at different depths of skin. These include blemishes like solar lentigenes (liver spots or age spots), freckles, melasma and ephelides, naevus of Ota, naevus of Ito and congenital dermal melanocytosis (Mongolian spot). Our wide range of medical grade lasers target and destroy unwanted pigments at the right level, resulting in fairer, even skin tone and a glow that makes skin appear healthier and younger.
Freckles 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.
Laser treatment 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 developing freckles. The Sciton BBL is very effective in removing superficial freckles as such it is a suitable pigmentation treatment. 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. One of the treatments we recommended is to undergo a few sessions of Sciton BBL depigmentation treatment.
For more resistant and deeper freckles, Medlite C6 and our latest addition, the Dual Yellow lasers are routinely used to treat even the most stubborn pigmentation. There is no down time for these treatments, so you can go right back to work.
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Solar lentigo or solar lentigenes is one of the most commonly encountered unwanted pigmentation in our clinic. Liverspot, as it is sometimes called, is a coin-shaped dark spot that can occur slowly over a few years or quite suddenly as one crosses into the 30-50 age group. The main cause is due to sun exposure earlier in life, although many patients report that the problem accelerates after childbirth. It is a benign condition but considered unsightly, hence the high number of requests to remove it.
The best way to reduce such pigmentation is with laser treatments, carefully and safely over a few sessions. Proper daily skin care and protection, together with maintenance laser sessions would help to prevent a recurrence.
This is another fairly common condition that tends to appear on the skin after 30 years of age. It appears as brownish dots or patches on the skin and may get more numerous or bigger with the passage of time. It is different from solar lentigo in that it appears slightly “waxy” and is often raised. The treatment for “Seb K” is the use of a laser to ablate it. Usually, all it takes is one session and a significantly improved skin tone is achieved. Recurrence is slow, taking many years if good skin care is maintained.
Naevus of Ota
This pigment disorder is very characteristic. Appearing at birth or in early childhood, it is a grey-blue patch of pigments on one side of the face, usually around the eyes and occasionally involving the white of the eye even. In other instances, we have treated such conditions on the shoulders and back as well. Multiple sessions of depigmentation Medlite laser gives very good results.
This appears usually in teenage or adulthood, as grey “dots” usually on both cheeks forehead, eyelids and temples. Again, this is a benign condition. Treatment involves using an appropriate laser to lighten and remove the unwanted pigmentation.
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 affects women 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, infrared and 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.
Pigmentation 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 whitening Heliocare or Crystal Tomato for even better UV/IR 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 and lightening creams.
In combination with maintenance serums, creams and sunscreens, the Dual Yellow laser is the most effective and safe treatment option for patients suffering from melasma. In a published Korean study, the Dual Yellow laser can gently but effectively reduce melasma load after five to ten sessions. It takes just 15 minutes to perform the laser treatment on the entire face, painlessly. Post-laser, you are treated to our lightening serums and oxy-peptide hydrating mask for a hydrated, radiant effect.
There is no down-time associated with this treatment, so you can go back to work right away, feeling radiant and refreshed!
Call us to find out more about our pigmentation treatment programme +65 6735 8180
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