Anti-pigmentation laser is employed for patients with excessive production of melanin and the appearance of brown spots on the skin. Some common causes of pigmentation problems include:
This type of pigmentation is either caused by pregnancy or medication.
This can be caused by the physical injury to the skin, such as acne, insect bites, cuts, burns or aggressive extractions. This condition is known as post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.
Skin pigmentation could also be caused by excessive exposure to UV rays, especially prevalent in Singapore. Frequent outdoor activities can also lead to this problem.
Abnormal pigmentation may occur during childhood or even adulthood. Some examples of abnormal pigmentation include, congenital cafe au lait spots, melanocytic naevus, hori's macules, spilus naevus, and naevus of ota.
Medical conditions such as liver diseases and haemochromatosis and the usage of certain drugs can also lead to pigmentation.
SL Clinic uses a wide variety of different laser wavelengths to penetrate the skin and break-up pigmentation into different levels. In fact, different forms and types of lasers can be used to treat pigmentation. Wavelengths of 1064 nm have the capability to reach deeper layers of skin tissue. Infrared range (1064nm) is used mainly for blue tattoos, deep (professional) tattoos and dermal pigmented lesions while 532nm is useful for superficial brown lesions, solar lentigenes, freckles and red / orange tattoos. Laser peels can also be used to create skin rejuvenation with different wave forms. The latest state of the art lasers are used to increase the depth of penetration and reduce damage to the skin.
If your hyperpigmentation disorder is caused by extensive scarring, you may need an invasive laser therapy, known as carbon dioxide resurfacing. This treatment penetrates deep into the skin, removing multiple layers of epidermis. The recovery period could last for more than three weeks or even longer in invasive laser therapy. As with any procedure or treatment, results can very by individual.