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Woman with white underarms

Underarm Lightening

The skin tone all over our body is generally quite consistent. However, there are some whose skin tone under their arms is darker than normal due to a skin condition known as acanthosis nigricans (AN), which causes the skin to thicken and darken in parts of the body with more folds, such as under the arms and at other joint areas. Although the darker skin tone should not pose any health concern, they are a cosmetic issue whom some might prefer not to have. Those areas sometimes also cause your skin to itch or emit a foul odour. This might cause frustration for some and might cause a loss in self-esteem.

While anyone can get AN, there are some factors, such as genetics, which might make you more susceptible to having darker pigmentation underneath your arms. Those with darker skin tones, or those whose close family members suffer from AN, are more likely to develop AN themselves. Those who are obese are also more likely to have more pigmentation and darker skin under their arms. Other factors, including insulin resistance and hormonal disorders, also contribute to a higher likelihood of developing AN and darker skin under the arms.

In the past, traditional nano or Q-switched lasers were the preferred option for those who wanted to remove pigmentation from their skin despite their drawbacks. Those treatments using those types of lasers caused some side effects, especially since the skin was exposed to those lasers for a longer period. The longer duration caused a significantly larger amount of heat on the skin to be generated, which in turn could give rise to painful consequences such as blistering, scarring, and discolouration. There have also been occasions where these treatments had not only failed to improve the skin condition, they had instead made them worse.

Underarm Lightening Treatment at Cambridge Medical

Underarm lightening and whitening treatment using the PicoCare 450 Pico Laser Pigmentation Removal treatment at Cambridge Medical Group

While darker pigmentation under the arms is a frustrating problem which can cause a loss of self-esteem, there are now medically proven and clinically tested treatments, such as the PicoCare 450 Pico Laser Pigmentation Removal treatment offered by Cambridge Medical Group, that can help with the matter. Dr Lee Mun Heng, a certified and professional doctor at Cambridge with many years of experience in the field, also recommends this non-invasive and non-surgical treatment as a solution for those suffering from darker skin under their arms. Those considering this treatment should note that Dr Lee is the key opinion leader and regional trainer for the PicoCare 450 Pico Laser in Singapore as recognised by Wontech Korea, the manufacturer of the PicoCare 450.

PicoCare 450 Pico Laser for Pigmentation Removal

The PicoCare 450 Pico Laser Pigmentation Removal treatment offered by Cambridge Medical Group is a good option for those looking to whiten the dark pigmentation on their underarms. The PicoCare 450 Pico Laser, which has been approved by the FDA for pigmentation removal treatment and skin rejuvenation, is safe and works by directing laser energy into the skin, energy which is then absorbed by the pigments. This effectively shatters the pigments into smaller and more manageable fragments. Damage to the pigmentation triggers a natural immune response from the body, which then begins the removal of these broken pigments. The shock wave, which is delivered at a trillionth of a second, means that only minimal heat is generated, which is gentler and more beneficial for the skin. The PicoCare 450 Pico Laser is hence also able to reach the target area and dissipate very quickly, making the short treatment session a more comfortable experience for the patient.

The ultra-high rate in which each light pulses also allows the PicoCare 450 laser allows more each treatment session to be completed quickly and effectively. This benefits patients because less thermal heat generated bring added benefits like reduced pain, fewer risks of side effects and minimal skin irritation, making it a painless and comfortable treatment for those wanting to remove pigmentation from certain parts of their body such as their underarm. Cambridge recommends those who are interested in the treatment to speak with Dr Lee at Cambridge Medical Centre, who can provide a professional and personalized consultation session to ascertain the treatment’s suitability for the individual.


Dr Shirley Kwee of Cambridge Medical

Dr Shirley Yuliana Kwee

Aesthetic Doctor and
Medical Director of Cambridge Medical Group
GDFM (Singapore)
Dr Shirley Kwee has amassed over 10 years of experience in Aesthetic Medicine and is a trusted practitioner by her patients. Her clinical interests and expertise include injectables (dermal fillers), threadlifts, treatments for skin pigmentation, anti-ageing, weight loss and body sculpting. She strongly believes in helping patients understand their individual beauty and to enhance them with personalised treatment plans and finding the right combination of treatments for her patients.

Dr Lee Mun Heng

Aesthetic Doctor and Founder
of Cambridge Medical Group
With more than 15 years of medical aesthetics experience and a graduate of the world-renowned University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, Dr Lee aims to draw out one’s natural beauty through the application of safe, minimally invasive and holistic procedures. He is also a key opinion leader in the realm of aesthetic technology, often travelling the world to seek out the latest and most effective treatments.

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