We do get several inquiries at https://harmonyaesthetics.sg/ for pigmentation removal in Singapore and one of the most inquired treatments is laser pigmentation removal. Now, laser skin pigmentation removal is a cosmetic technique in which light from a laser is used to break up pigment in the skin.
The type of laser used depends on where the pigmentation being removed is located and whether there are any requirements for specific wavelengths to be used. There are three common types of lasers used: Q-switched Nd: YAG, Q-switched Ruby, and Alexandrite lasers. Each has unique advantages depending on location and depth of color. For example, a Q-switched Yag Nd: YAG laser is much better for removing blue and green coloration which is common in tattoos.
The laser works by pulsing a high-energy beam of light onto the skin, targeting any pigment it finds as “foreign” to the body. This breaks up the pigmentation particles so they can be removed from the body through normal physiological means.
The Benefits of Laser Pigmentation Removal
Most people who choose laser for pigmentation removal in Singapore find it safe with several benefits to their skin. Typical examples of the benefits you can hope for with laser pigmentation removal include;
- Reduction of the appearance of old scars or discoloration from acne, injuries, rashes, or other skin conditions: Laser works very well for removing these types of marks, leaving the skin feeling smooth and looking aesthetically pleasing.
- Treatment of unwanted tattoos: This is the most common use for laser pigmentation removal treatments. The process can take 2-8 sessions depending on the duration of the tattoo, depth of treatment needed, color choices, size of design being targeted, skin type, and general treatment goals desired by the patient. Unfortunately, not all colors are good candidates for laser removal, so it’s always best to do thorough research on your appearance choices for any tattoos you get in the future.
- Improved appearance of facial blemishes, including age spots, sun damage patches, and freckles: There are many types of lasers that can be used for this purpose, and results vary depending on the patient’s skin type. It is important to remember that pigmentation removal does not occur until several weeks after treatment; this allows time for the body to clear out the pigment by itself (through normal processes like peeling or exfoliation), leaving no trace of foreign coloring in the skin.
- Improved appearance of stretch marks: While they may not disappear completely, most people find laser treatment makes their stretch marks less noticeable, which provides an improved self-image. This works because stretch marks contain bright red and dark purple coloration, so laser treatment targets both colors simultaneously.
The Risks Associated with Laser Pigmentation Removal
When consulting about laser pigmentation removal in Singapore, one of the basics that your plastic surgeons will want you to acknowledge is that even though laser therapies are highly effective against pigmentation, they are not entirely safe. Interestingly, although there are risks associated with laser treatment, they tend to be minimal and occur less often than many believe. The common laser pigmentation risks include:
- Temporary or permanent changes in skin texture: Some patients find that their new skin feels rougher after treatment if the laser targets only the top layers of skin (epidermis). This is largely due to the increase in collagen production stimulated by creating pinpoint wounds on the skin’s surface. If this is a concern, it will usually go away on its own over time as new cells form and replace the dead ones.
- Permanent darkening of treated areas: This occurs when pigmentation has been targeted deep within the dermis or even on any blood vessels that may have been hit during targeting. Fortunately, this occurs very rarely.
How to Prepare for your Laser Pigmentation Removal Treatment
Preparation for your laser pigmentation removal sessions will vary depending on where you have them done and what types of lasers are being used. However, there is some advice every patient should know before any type of laser treatment is done to their skin.
- Review your medications: Certain over-the-counter and prescription drugs can increase the risk of complications from laser treatments. These include antidepressants, antibiotics, antihistamines, diuretics, and antihypertensive medications, as well as others. Any patients taking these types of medication should discuss them with their healthcare providers before scheduling a laser appointment to make sure they are safe for use during treatment.
- Avoid tanning for at least 14 days before treatment: Tanning increases blood flow to the skin’s surface, which will interfere with pigmentation targeting by lasers. Also, any tanning product/salon used in the past year must be disclosed to laser technicians beforehand because many have high levels of UV rays that may also interfere.
- Avoid waxing/tweezing/plucking for at least five days before treatment: This gives the skin time to recover from any minor irritations that could mask or minimize results.
Aftercare Instructions Following Your Treatment
The success of your treatment will depend on your aftercare. It is very important to carefully follow the instructions given to you by your laser technician/practitioner. Generally, these include:
- Using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day for the rest of your life when in direct sunlight
- Washing skin gently with a mild soap and warm water and patting dry before applying a non-comedogenic moisturizer that does not contain any fragrances or extra ingredients. If a product contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA), or Retinoids – do not use it until you’re given the green light by your dermatologist to begin using them.
- Avoiding chemical peels and anti-aging treatments of any kind following your last laser pigmentation removal session until you’re given the all-clear by your dermatologist to use any of these treatments.
The Bottom Line
Laser pigmentation removal is safe, but there are always risks associated with any medical treatment. It is essential to go in for a consultation beforehand to discuss laser pigmentation removal in Singapore, the doctor’s qualifications, and what type of lasers will be used during your appointment. Ask about safety precautions and, if possible, read reviews from past patients/clients who have had the same types of laser treatments done at this facility.
At Harmony Aesthetics Clinic, we offer a wide range of laser pigmentation removal options, and with each treatment, you will benefit from our holistic approach. Our experts understand how important your skin is to you, and we want you to be happy with the results for many years to come. Contact us now to schedule a skin assessment or consultation about your treatment options. Call: +656970 5418.
Harmony Aesthetics Clinic Singapore
101 Irrawaddy Rd, #09-01 Royal Square @ Novena, Singapore 329565
+65 6970 5418