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Pigmentations are brown dark spots or patches on the skin caused by an excess production of melanin in the skin. Melanin is produced by cells called melanocytes at the lower layer of the epidermis and can be triggered by sun exposure. Other common factors that can trigger pigmentation includes, hormonal changes, pregnancy, genetics and skin trauma and inflammation caused by acne.
Fig 1. A graph showing how pigments were formed and how the laser can remove pigmentation on the skin
What Causes Pigmentation & What are The Options To Remove?
Dr Thean has devoted his years of aesthetic experience to the treatment of pigmentation. He has designed his unique treatment plan to eliminate dark spots with a range of combinations of medical lasers, such as Q switched laser, pico laser and yellow laser. With this method, the majority of visible unwanted skin spots, discoloration or redness (blood vessels) , are rooted in a deeper vascular network of veins that extend beyond the treatable depth of traditional lasers that can be addressed. Patients with pigmentation come in different severity levels. There are also other energy-based devices such as pulsed radiofrequency microneedling that help to address pigmentation issues like Melasma. Dr Thean will permutate the combination of treatments and topical medications to best treat sun spots.
How many sessions do you need ?
Every individual is different, even for their treatments such as dark spots on your face. For pigmentation laser treatment, you would be able to see some results after one session. But may need a few sessions to completely clear the pigmentation as it is also dependent on the severity of the pigmentation.
Is there any downtime in this treatment ?
It is a gentle treatment and almost no downtime from this treatment. The possibilities of redness could be seen and the redness should subside in few hours.
Can pigmentation recur?
Pigmentations can sometimes recur even after successful treatments. The recurrence is due to the constant exposure to the sun as well as our hormones. We can prevent pigmentation from recurring by applying sunscreen with at least SPF 50 diligently and adopting sun protection measures to have long-term sustainable results. Treatments can only clear your pigmentations, ultimately, proper skincare routine is equally essential in preventing pigmentation recurrence.