Picolaser Facial Pigmentation Singapore Guide 皮秒激光 | Korean Aesthetic Clinic |

FRECKLES

What causes pigmentation? |皮秒激光

Do you find yourself bothered by those pesky brown spots that appear to be growing more and more?

Pigmentation occurs when your body produces excess pigments. Scientifically, this results from hyperstimulation of your melanin producing cells, known as melanocytes. This causes aggregates of melanin sacks, known as melanosomes. These collections at different layers of your skin contribute to the umbrella term of skin pigmentation.

The latest technology is Picosecond laser. 皮秒激光 This is cutting edge technology that helps to breakdown pigments whilst having a lower risk of Post inflammatory inflammation.

What can worsen pigmentation?

Pigmentation can be worsened by

  1. Sun exposure
  2. Inflammation – Hence picking a pimple tends to leave those unsightly marks *slaps forehead*
  3. Hormonal changes – This is commonly seen post childbirth in women with melasma

Pigmentation can be divided into hereditary, acquired and both. In Singapore, these are the common conditions I see.

Hereditary: 1. Hori’s Nevus 2. Nevus of Ota 3. Becker’s Nevus

Acquired: 1. Freckles 2. Solar Lentigo 3. Post- inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Mixed: Melasma

HORI’S NEVUS
MELASMA
SOLAR LENTIGO
SOLAR LENTIGO


Is there any cure for pigmentation?

Can all pigmentation be cured?

In general, ALL pigmentation can be treated. The word cure and removal tends to indicate all or nothing, and in my opinion, are common marketing gimmicks employed by non-medical beauty spas.

– Dr Daniel Chang


What is the best cream for pigmentation?

Every skin is different, every skin is unique. Hence there is no one size fits all approach. It is best to seek a formal face to face consultation with your specialist to understand your skin condition better.

I have dry and sensitive skin. Am i a good candidate for pigmentation treatment ?

Sending photographs of your pigmentation to your physician is not the best measure. Because we need to see your pigmentation in 3D, under lighting from various angles and palpate your pigmentation to give you the best medical advice.


What causes dark discoloration on cheeks?

If it is on both sides of your cheeks, in Singapore, clinically the top 3 most common are

  1. Freckles
  2. Melasma
  3. Hori’s Nevus

What are the effective Solutions To Get Rid Of Dark Spots, Pigmentation and Scars?

  1. Laser Light treatment – The clinical treatment protocol is dependent on the expertise of your physician |皮秒激光
  2. Lightening creams – hydroquinone based remains the gold standard with the best evidence. Of note, cysteamine is a product which I find has good results for melasma.
  3. Sunblock

How does laser 皮秒激光 treatment for pigmentation work?

  • Step 1: A consultation with your physician who diagnoses your clinical pigmentation condition and individualises a treatment plan
  • Step 2: Medical grade FDA approved lasers target your pigmentation deeply, precisely and accurately in a way creams and peels cannot do. They warm up your pigmentation and shatter them into smaller bits.
  • Step 3: These shattered pigments are then removed, leaving clean and clear, glowy and beautiful skin.

Is laser pigmentation |皮秒激光treatment painful?

Most of my patients do not require numbing cream. They experience a warm tooth pick sensation. Those who apply numbing cream are fairly comfortable.

What are the side effects of laser pigmentation | 皮秒激光 treatment? Is there any downtime?

I tell my patients to expect R.B.C. Most of my patients experience these side effectsover 3 days, and in some cases, 5 days. They are off to work the next day, so lasers in general do not contribute to any downtime.

– Dr Daniel Chang
  1. Mild Redness – temporary
  2. Mild Bronzing -temporary
  3. Crusting of targeted spots

Is laser pigmentation 皮秒激光 removal permanent?

Majority of my patients are on laser maintainence. Our skin is dynamic, and sun exposure ever increasing. Patients see the benefit of lasers, and notice the difference especially after stopping treatment.

What is the cost of Picolaser? 皮秒激光价钱多少?

A session of PicoLaser in experienced hands starts from $300.

What are my post LASER Care Instructions?

The majority of patients have little or no downtime after the laser session. However, some may experience transient facial redness, swelling or mild discomfort, which settles quickly.

You can wash your face with plain water, and gentle cleansers the same day, and apply light make-up as well.

Dos and Donts

  1. Please avoid the use of harsh topical products/medications such as topical retinoids (e.g. Differin, Epiduo), AHA products (Alpha Hydroxy Acids e.g. glycolic acid), and facial scrubbing for at least one week after the laser session. When in doubt omit items which cause irritation.
  • Please apply a moisturising cream to facilitate skin healing and renewal.
  • It is advisable to avoid prolonged sun exposure between treatments. A sunscreen of SPF 30 and or higher should be applied every day.

Products to avoid One Week after Laser:

  1. AHA / BHA Products | alcohol based products
    (e.g. Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid)
  • Retinol | Whitening products
    (e.g. Vit-A)
  • Exfoliation / Scrubs

激光后保养说明

大多数患者在激光治疗后几乎没有停机时间。但是,有些人可能会出现短暂的面部发红,肿胀或轻度不适,这些症状很快就会解决。

您可以在同一天用清水和温和的清洁剂洗脸,并涂抹淡妆。

该做什么和不该做什么

1.请避免在激光治疗后至少一周使用刺激性的局部产品/药物,例如局部类维生素A(例如,Differin,Epiduo),AHA产品(α羟基酸,例如乙醇酸)和面部擦洗。如有疑问,请忽略会引起刺激的物品。

2.请使用保湿霜,以促进皮肤恢复健康。

3.建议避免两次治疗之间长时间暴露在阳光下。每天应使用SPF 30或更高的防晒霜。

避免在激光照射后一周内使用的产品:

1. AHA / BHA产品|酒精类产品

(例如,乙醇酸和水杨酸)

2.视黄醇|美白产品

(例如Vit-A)

3.过氧化苯甲酰

4.去角质/磨砂

References:

  1. 1.Diaz-Pérez J.L., Mitxelena J., Diaz-Ramón L., et al. Discromías. Medicine 1999; 136: 6425–6430Google Scholar
  2. 2.Serrano S., Fernández-Vozmediano J.M. Hiperpigmentaciones por medicamentos. Monogr Dermatol 1996; 9: 45–55Google Scholar
  3. 3.Armijo M., Ortega R.M. Discromías. In: Armijo M., Camacho F., editors. Dermatología. 3rd ed. Madrid: Aula Médica Ed., 1998: 353–380Google Scholar
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