Flawless and even skin tone is the hallmark of healthy and beautiful skin. However, brown spots and uneven skin tone eventually develops because of excessive melanin production to protect your skin from UV light.
Fortunately, these pigmentation problems can be safely lightened and reduced in Singapore with our Pigment Removal treatments. Aside from topical treatments, laser devices are also available to address this concern. If you prefer a more aggressive treatment above topical creams, a non-ablative laser treatment would be a skin resurfacing procedure to consider.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What Is Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing?
Non-ablative Pigment Removal means no skin is removed, hence it is safer than ablative laser in which skin is removed and a healing period follows. It can result in better skin tone and tightening without having to resort to any invasive means.
It can be used to treat:
- Acne scars
- Age spots
- Sun-damaged skin
2. What Should Be Done Before Considering Laser Resurfacing?
At The Aesthetics Centre, it is protocol that we review your medical history, conduct a physical examination and discuss your expectations. Potential patients with a history of herpes infections would have to be prescribed with an antiviral medication before and after the treatment to prevent any recurrence. Excessive sun exposure must also be avoided prior to Pigment Removal treatment.
3. Who Is A Candidate For Laser Resurfacing?
Suitable candidates are those who do not have active acne or very dark skin. The laser targets skin pigment, and it could result in skin hypopigmentation in dark-skinned individuals. If conducted, careful technique must be used by experienced professionals to ensure safe and successful Pigment Removal results.
It is also advisable for patients with fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, and superficial scars from acne scarring. However, those with certain skin problems may suffer an increased risk developing unpleasant side effects. Laser skin resurfacing may even worsen the patient’s facial appearance. Therefore, a thorough evaluation is necessary.
4. How Does A Laser Work?
A laser is a focused beam of light that has one color. The intense rays target the problem areas of the skin (e.g. brown spots, scars, uneven skin pigmentation) and destroy the pigment while sparing the surrounding skin.
5. Is The Treatment Painful?
A medication may be given to help the patient relax during the procedure and reduce any painful sensation. A topical anaesthetic would have to be used to numb small areas of treatment. For large areas, a conscious sedation or a nerve block may be used.
6. What Are The Risks Involved?
Laser skin resurfacing to address pigmentation problems are generally safe when it is performed by a board-certified professional. One should keep in mind that laser skin resurfacing can have complications such as infection and abnormal healing. Cold sores, acne and other skin disorders may also increase the risk of laser skin resurfacing complications and this should be thoroughly discussed and evaluated during your initial consultation.
7. How Many Treatments Would I Need?
For us to determine the number of sessions, we need to conduct an initial assessment. An extensive assessment is necessary so that we can map out a treatment plan that can address your specific case. We also space each treatment 4-6 weeks apart to give your skin ample time to recover.