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Laser Skin Pigmentation Treatment Removal in Singapore

Pigmentation dulls your complexion and impacts your self-confidence. This condition can even be distressing when you have tried different skin products with little success in removing pigmentation in Singapore.

If you want to get rid of pigmentation and get your glowing skin back, read on as we shed light on the causes of pigmentation and how to treat it.

What is Skin Pigmentation?

Skin pigmentation, or hyperpigmentation, is the overproduction of melanin in the skin, causing an uneven darker colour compared to the surrounding skin. They can occur superficially in the epidermis or deep in the dermis. However, most pigmentation is a mixture of both. There are many different causes of hyperpigmentation, and certain causes are easier to treat than others. 

What Causes Skin Pigmentation?

The production and distribution of melanin primarily influence skin pigmentation. Here are some factors that contribute to skin pigmentation.

  1. Sun Exposure: UV rays from the sun stimulate melanocytes, which produce melanin. Prolonged sun exposure can increase melanin production, causing the skin to tan. However, excessive sun exposure can also result in pigmentation irregularities, such as sunspots or age spots.
  2. Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations, especially during pregnancy (melasma or “pregnancy mask”), the use of birth control pills, or hormonal therapies, can affect melanin production. Conditions like melasma are linked to hormonal changes and can result in dark patches on the skin.
  3. Genetics: Genetic factors significantly determine an individual’s skin colour and susceptibility to specific pigmentation issues. People with a family history of pigmentation problems may be more prone to developing similar matters.
  4. Inflammation and Skin Trauma: Inflammation caused by skin conditions, injuries, or surgeries can stimulate melanocytes, leading to changes in pigmentation. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a typical example where dark spots appear after the healing of skin injuries or inflammation, such as acne.
  5. Age: As individuals age, changes in melanin distribution can occur, leading to age spots or liver spots. These are often a result of accumulated sun exposure over the years.
  6. Medications and Chemical Exposure: Certain medications and chemicals can cause pigmentation changes in the skin. For example, some antibiotics and antimalarial drugs may contribute to pigmentation issues as a side effect.

What are the Types of Pigmentation?


Melasma is a common pigmentation condition characterised by brown or grey-brown facial patches, particularly the cheeks, forehead, and upper lip. It’s often associated with hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or birth control use.


Freckles are tiny, darkened areas of skin from increased melanin production. They usually appear as light brown spots on the skin. Freckles are often genetic and can darken with sun exposure.


Birthmarks are pigmented areas present at birth or shortly afterwards. They can vary in size, colour, and type. The exact cause of birthmarks is not always clear, but they are believed to result from a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Sun Spots

Sunspots are flat, brown, or black spots that develop on sun-exposed areas of the skin due to UV exposure over time. They are also known as lentigo.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

This type of pigmentation occurs as a result of inflammation or injury to the skin. Dark spots appear after the healing of conditions like acne, cuts, or burns. Inflammatory responses trigger increased melanin production during the skin healing process.

Underarm pigmentation

Underarm pigmentation, also known as armpit or axillary pigmentation, is often caused by multiple factors. This may include repeated shaving or epilation, hormonal changes, excessive sweating, and use of skin products such as deodorants or antiperspirants


Certain skin cancers such as melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma or basal cell carcinoma may appear as pigmentation. They may have an unusual appearance or may grow very quickly. Some other symptoms include pain, itch or bleeding. If you suspect skin cancer, you should get it checked by a professional as soon as possible.

Treatment Options for Skin Pigmentation

There are various treatments available to address skin pigmentation. Here are some common methods of pigmentation removal in Singapore.

Cosmelan Peel

Cosmelan Peel is a skin pigmentation treatment that involves the application of a topical mask. This mask contains active ingredients to inhibit melanin production, helping to lighten existing pigmentation and prevent further darkening.

The peel combines chemical exfoliation and melanin inhibition to target pigmentation at multiple levels. This treatment may require some downtime, and several sessions might be needed for optimal results.

RF Gold Microneedling

Radiofrequency (RF) Gold Microneedling combines microneedling with RF technology. Microneedles create micro-injuries in the skin, and RF energy is delivered into the deeper layers to stimulate collagen production and improve pigmentation. This treatment addresses skin pigmentation and offers skin tightening benefits.

Topical medication

Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone is a topical skin-lightening agent available in various formulations, including creams and gels. It works by inhibiting melanocyte activity, reducing the production of melanin and helping to lighten skin pigmentation.Hydroquinone is available by prescription, and a doctor should monitor its use.

Tranexamic acid: Tranexamic acid has skin-brightening properties that can reduce the dark spots and improve skin discolouration. Its oral consumption is suitable for all skin types.

Tri-Luma: Tri-Luma is a prescription topical cream that combines three active ingredients—fluocinolone acetonide, hydroquinone, and tretinoin. This combination is designed to address pigmentation by inhibiting melanin production, evening skin tone and promoting cell turnover.

Pico Pigmentation Laser

Pico Pigmentation Laser is a type of laser technology that delivers ultra-short energy pulses to the skin. The rapid pulses break down pigmentation into smaller particles, allowing the body to eliminate them more effectively.

Pico lasers are known for their precision and can be less abrasive than traditional lasers, potentially reducing pigmentation removal downtime.

Q-Switched Laser

Q-switched lasers emit high-energy, short pulses of light that target pigmented areas in the skin. The laser breaks down the pigment into smaller particles, promoting natural removal by the body.

Q-switched lasers are commonly used for various pigmentation removal issues, including age spots and tattoos. Downtime and the number of sessions required can vary.

Ethosome Gold PTT

Ethosome Gold PTT, also known as Gold Photothermal Therapy (PTT) or Ethosome Facial, is a non-invasive skin treatment combining gold nanoparticles and laser technology to address various skin concerns, including pigmentation.

A laser targets the gold particles on the skin, heating them to destroy nearby cells, including those responsible for pigmentation. Ethosomes help these particles penetrate deeper into the skin, making the treatment more effective.


Plinest is a skin regeneration and rejuvenation injectable treatment that utilises highly purified polynucleotides. Polynucleotide promotes healing and the regeneration of skin cells.

Besides being effective at hydrating and plumping the skin, Plinest is also suitable for fading existing pigmentation and brightening, lending a youthful glow to your skin.


Cyklokapron can be injected onto pigmented areas via multiple small deposits to help lighten them.

Tranexamic acid, the active ingredient in Cyklokapron, works by inhibiting the enzymes that contribute to melanin formation. By reducing melanin production, these injections can help fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation.

The above skin pigmentation treatment options in Singapore should be considered under the guidance of a qualified skincare professional. The treatment choice depends on the type and severity of your pigmentation, skin type, and individual factors. A personalised consultation with your skin specialist can help determine the most suitable approach for achieving the desired results.

Pigmentation Removal in Singapore

We understand pigmentation’s impact on one’s confidence, but regaining an even skin tone is within reach at SL Aesthetic Clinic.

We provide a range of pigmentation removal treatments in Singapore to address your skincare needs. Our team of skin specialists will guide you through a personalised journey to clearer, more radiant skin.

Schedule your consultation today to learn more about our skin pigmentation treatments and prices.

Price List

ProcedurePrice EstimateAvailability
Ethosome Gold PTT Brightening Serum
Gold nanoparticles combined with laser therapy to target excess melanin to improve skin tone
From $250All Clinics
Cosmelan Peel
Suitable for lightening melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and other blemishes.
$1400Wheelock Place
Suitable for overall skin lightening, melasma, postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) and lentigines
$250All clinics
Suitable for unwanted pigmentation such as melasma, liver spots, freckles, café-au-lait
$80All clinics
Pico Pigmentation Laser
Suitable for freckles, sun spots, age spots, brown spots, melasma, birthmarks, tattoos, postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
$300-$550, depending on type, size and severityAll clinics
Q-Switched Anti-Pigmentation Laser
Suitable for freckles, sun spots, age spots, brown spots, melasma, birthmarks, postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
from $450Jurong Point
RF Gold Microneedling
Controlled thermal injury which leads to a reduction in melanin production and an improvement in skin tone and discoloration.
$600-$1200All clinics
Hydroquinone Custom Made$91.80All clinics
Cyklokapron Injection
Blocks the production of melanin and reduces the appearance of dark spots and skin pigmentation.
From $500All clinics
Increases volume and moistures and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
$700-$1000All clinics
Glass Skin Customised Skinbooster
A combination of HA, TXA, botox and amino acids for acne and redness.
From $400All clinics


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The cost of skin pigmentation removal treatment in Singapore varies depending on the type of treatment and the severity of the pigmentation, but you can expect to pay from $200 per session. Consultation with a skin specialist can provide more accurate cost estimates.

Pigmentation may sometimes recur, especially if the underlying cause, such as sun exposure or hormonal changes, persists. Following a proper skincare routine and preventive measures can help minimise recurrence.

Preventing pigmentation involves adopting a holistic approach to skincare and lifestyle choices. Here are some precautionary measures to protect your skin from developing pigmentation. 

  • Using sunscreen.
  • Avoiding excessive sun exposure.
  • Managing hormonal changes.
  • Including antioxidants in your healthy diet.
  • Following a consistent skincare routine, including regular exfoliation.

Consistency is key when it comes to preventing pigmentation. Adopting these habits into your daily routine can contribute to maintaining clear, even-toned skin and minimising the risk of pigmentation issues.

The type and severity of your pigmentation will determine the number of treatment sessions required. Your skin specialist will assess your condition and provide a personalised treatment plan.

Laser pigmentation removal may cause mild discomfort, often described as a snapping sensation. Topical anaesthesia or cooling devices are often used to minimise discomfort during the procedure.

When performed by a qualified professional, skin pigmentation removal treatments are generally safe. However, as with any cosmetic procedure, there are risks and side effects to consider, which your dermatologist will go over with you during your consultation.

Lasers are one of the many methods of pigmentation removal in Singapore. The success of various methods depends on the type of pigmentation, as well as its severity. For certain types of pigmentation such as cafe au lait macules, lasers are almost always necessary. For other types of pigmentation such as melasma, using lasers as part of a multi-modality treatment makes treatment more successful, hence lasers are recommended as well. In short, there is no absolute “yes” or “no” to this question, but lasers undoubtedly give an added advantage to achieve treatment success.

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