Laser Pigmentation Removal

Skin pigmentation is the result of abnormal production and deposition of melanin by melanocytes (pigment cells). The number of melanocytes present in our skin determines our skin colour. Hyperpigmentation, or areas that are darker than the rest of the skin, result from excessive and disordered melanin production and deposition, due to e.g. UV or sun exposure, hormonal changes, skin trauma, birthmarks, and certain drugs and medical conditions.

How Effective is Laser Pigmentation Removal?
Depending on the extent of your pigmentation and the treatment level of your sessions, you may need anywhere from 2 to 6 sessions. The treatment may be repeated every 1 to 4 weeks, depending on the type, extent and severity of your pigmentation.

What is the Procedure like?
Most of our patients’ feedback is that the procedure is very comfortable. To enhance your comfort, a numbing cream is applied on the skin prior to the laser treatment. The laser feels like a gentle “warm prickling” sensation. After the procedure, there is mild flushing of the treated area which usually resolves after a few hours. More obvious localised redness lasting a few days may occur with intensive spot treatments for more resistant pigmentation. You should speak with our doctor to discuss your tolerance for downtime, and your treatment level will be adjusted accordingly.

What can I do to Prepare for the Treatment?
There is no special preparation; however, your skin should not be tanned prior to treatment. After the treatment, you should be gentle with your skin, wear a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher daily and minimise your UV exposure, to avoid re-pigmentation. Sun-protective clothing and other physical shields are also recommended to ensure your skin heals in the shortest possible time.