Pigmentation refers to the colouring of the skin. Skin pigmentation disorders cause changes to the colour of your skin. Melanin is made by cells in the skin and is the pigment responsible for your skin’s colour. Our genes affect the amount of melanin our skin produces, and therefore the colour of our skin. However, other factors such as hormonal fluctuations and sun exposure can contribute to darker skin. Freckles, for example, are a type of pigmentation caused by sun exposure that has a tendency to occur in teenagers and adults, while melasma can be caused by both sun exposure and hormonal changes and is more prevalent among middle-aged women.
Although freckles and melasma generally do not pose problems to your health and should not cause any alarm, they are nonetheless cosmetic concerns that some would like to resolve. There are now quick, safe, and effective treatments available to remove unwanted pigmentation permanently.
At Cambridge, we use either the Revlite laser, or Picocare 450 Laser to treat pigmentation.
Dr Lee Mun Heng at the Cambridge Medical Group is the key opinion leader and regional trainer for the Picocare 450 Pico Laser in Singapore as recognised by Wontech Korea, the PicoCare 450’s manufacturer. The PicoCare 450 Laser for pigmentation removal treatments not only because it brings quick and visible results, but also because it poses a very low risk. This makes the PicoCare 450 Laser a very safe treatment for those considering pigmentation removal. Furthermore, this is a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment that does not involve any needles, meaning that the overall experience for patients is comfortable. It also has the added benefit of keeping post-treatment downtime to a minimum, so that you can resume your daily activities without much disruption. As such, the PicoCare 450 Laser remains an excellent option for busy individuals who lead a hectic lifestyle yet want to achieve their beauty goals without having to go through invasive and risky procedures.
The PicoCare 450 Laser is a new, modern laser that is widely used in cosmetic skincare treatments. Unlike older lasers which use outdated technology, the PicoCare 450 delivers laser pulses in picoseconds, making it much faster and safer than traditional lasers. This makes the PicoCare 450 safe and effective for removing unwanted pigmentation and other cosmetic concerns.
The PicoCare 450 Laser is amongst the fastest available on the market today. It pulses laser energy at one trillionth of a second, making them 10 times faster than the older nanosecond lasers. This high speed means that treatments are not only faster but also that a larger treatment area can be covered in every treatment session. Its ultrafast pulse rate is able to eliminate the uneven skin pigments while simultaneously minimizing the risk of burning, scarring and other adverse side effects that are more common in traditional laser treatment methods. Furthermore, the high speed of the PicoCare 450 Laser means that the heat emitted from the laser is depleted very quickly, making the treatment a more comfortable and painless experience for the patient. In addition to the reduced pain, the faster rate in which the lasers are pulsed means that there are fewer side effects, making this one of the safest laser skin treatment options available today.
The PicoCare 450 Laser also has a very high level of precision, which is beneficial because this accuracy ensures that minimal damage is caused by the laser to the neighbouring skin cells. The safety of this laser cannot be emphasized enough, because poorly executed laser treatments by poorly skilled doctors might cause symptoms to worsen or even side effects to develop. Despite its reputation for being very safe, as with all laser treatments, there is still a tiny amount of risk associated with it. The skin over the treatment area tends to be slightly drier following the PicoCare 450 laser treatment, but this should last for only a few days and should resolve by itself. Some might also experience redness and discomfort on their skin lasting for up to 48 hours after the treatment. While these side effects are minor, a consultation with Dr Lee can also be arranged if patients have any post-treatment concerns that they would like professional medical advice on.
The Revlite laser is a multi-wavelength Q-Switched laser technology. It is a non-ablative skin resurfacing procedure that reduces pigmented lesions including hyperpigmentation, melasma, etc. It is a very quick and safe procedure that rejuvenate and revitalise the skin.
As you age, melanin accumulates. This excess melanin can lead to pigmentation such as age spots and sunspots. The Revlite laser emits a low-level heat that penetrates the skin. The excess melanin will then absorb the heat which breaks down particles of melanin into smaller particles. The body will then recognise these smaller particles of melanin as waste and eliminate them over time.
This procedure is non-invasive and has no downtime.