Why Your Laser Treatment For Pigmentation May Not Be Working
Clients with pigmentation often turn to laser treatments to banish their blemishes. For most of them, laser treatments have worked to visibly lighten their pigmentation and continue to be their preferred aesthetic procedure.
However, there’s also that group who do not see results despite pumping in time AND money into their laser pigmentation removal in Singapore. If you are one of them, you may be frustrated and looking for answers.
Pigmentation is a tricky condition; treatment goes beyond the sexiest laser in the market or doctor’s name.
From lack of proper diagnosis to entirely wrong laser technology used, here are some important factors that influence the outcome of pigmentation treatment.
Not Getting The Correct Diagnosis
An accurate diagnosis is essential in the removal of pigmentation. Skin pigmentation can take many forms, including melasma, sun spots, freckles, Hori’s Nevus. Most of these conditions share similar symptoms, making it difficult to distinguish one from the rest.
Each type of skin pigmentation requires the use of a specific treatment regimen. Even minor errors in diagnosis can result in the wrong treatment being prescribed.
A skilled and experienced doctor will be able to accurately diagnose your pigmentation and provide the best treatment options for your specific condition. Incorrect laser types or settings can cause the treatment to be ineffective or worsen your pigmentation.
Not Checking Doctor’s Skills And Abilities
Your doctor should be experienced enough to know which laser treatment and settings give the best results. It’s fine to choose a doctor based on popularity; just make sure you are choosing them for the correct reason – not all doctors are good at treating pigmentation, even if they have a good track record at treating another condition, say, acne.
You can learn more about your doctor’s experience and skills by:
- Visiting their website and social media pages. How do they market themselves? Is their online presence enough to hint at their expertise at treating pigmentation?
- Booking a consultation before committing to a treatment plan. Make sure you clarify all your concerns with them during your first consultation, such as the causes of your pigmentation and any side effects to look out for. Important: Ask for before/after photos.
- Check reviews of their service. What do patients say about the doctor? Any mishaps? What’s their general approach to aesthetics?
Not Using The Right Laser Technology
To make sure your pigmentation is effectively treated, the correct laser has to be applied. Many patients come in requesting for a certain laser because someone they knew saw improvements in their pigmentation from that laser – but it is NEVER about the type of laser, as everyone’s skin type and condition is different.
Laser treatments for pigmentation are of two types: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers work by shedding the top layer of skin while non-ablative lasers heat up the underlying skin tissue. The type of laser you need depends on factors like your skin type, condition, and even the kind of downtime you can accept.
For some cases, you may also need a combination of different lasers. Your doctor should be able to explain how each laser addresses your pigmentation concern. Our clinic stays current with new updates in technology, but we assess a client’s condition and individual needs before deciding on the device to be used.
Not Following Pre- And Post-treatment Care Protocols
To get the best out of a treatment, you should follow the pre- and post-procedure protocols set out by your doctor. These will not only ensure the success of your treatment but also lower the risk of any complications happening.
- Avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks before the treatment.
- Avoid the use of tanning beds and self-tanning products for at least two weeks before the treatment.
- Inform your doctor about any medications or supplements you are taking.
- Stop using retinoid creams or exfoliants at least one week before the treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks after the treatment.
- Apply a cold compress to the treated area to reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Avoid picking, scratching or rubbing the treated area.
- Apply a moisturiser as directed by your doctor.
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on the treated area, even if it’s cloudy or indoors.
- Avoid swimming, hot tubs, and saunas for at least one week after the treatment.
Your doctor may also provide specific care instructions based on your skin profile. You should follow these, too. If any complications happen, call your doctor right away.
Looking For Skin Pigmentation Treatment In Singapore?
You should take the time to research and choose a reputable doctor, be willing to ask questions and raise any concerns you may have. Before and after the treatment, ensure you are following the necessary care instructions. By doing all of the above, you can increase your chances of achieving the desired results and enjoying the benefits of laser treatment for skin pigmentation.
At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we offer an array of minimal to non-invasive medical aesthetic treatments. We have years of experience in treating a variety of pigmentation issues. Book a consultation with us today.