Understanding Skin Pigmentation

Are you suffering from sun damaged skin, redness, age spots, rosacea or elasma? These conditions are commonly referred to as skin pigmentation, which occur as a result of the body producing either too much or too little melanin.

One of the main causes of skin pigmentation is sun exposure. Staying out of the sun in Singapore is highly improbable, we all know the importance of sun protection, but even with all these precautions skin damage is still likely. Skin pigmentation can also be caused by other factors such as hormonal issues, skin trauma and congenital birth marks. When suffering from skin pigmentation disorders your skin colour will be affected and your skin may look patchy.

Pigmentation can also be caused by inflammation or injury. Any condition that causes inflammation of the skin (such as acne, infections, or burns) can stimulate and cause over activity in the pigment cells or melanocytes. This causes a temporary increase in pigmentation which may even mimic scarring.

There are several types of pigmentation and being correctly diagnosed is essential to ensure that your treatment plan is right for you.

How Does Q-Switch Laser Work?

Q-Switch laser creates a pulsed laser beam of higher peak power. By using a pulsed laser, the higher energy of the laser creates a “photo-mechanical” effect on skin pigmentation like freckles, age spots and tattoo inks. The pulsed laser safely breaks up the melanin pigment in the epidermis causing the lesion to lighten with each treatment. This results in fading of pigmentation, clarification of the skin and also is associated with new collagen production. This collagen then matures and contracts, tightening the skin and reducing wrinkles.

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What Is Good About Q-Switch Laser?

The Q-switch Laser also improves the quality and texture of the skin through the subtle heating of dermal layers through laser, which stimulates collagen regeneration whilst refining skin texture. Over a course of treatments, unwanted pigment is suppressed and lightened – creating an even and brighter skin tone. It cleanses pores, reduces pore size, improves fine lines, marks left by acne, and reduces redness, leaving the skin vibrantly rejuvenated. The best thing is It can be used anywhere on the face – including to decrease eye puffiness and dark circles – as well as to firm and treat the neck.

What Does Q-Switch Laser Treat?

  • Fine lines and wrinkles on face and neck
  • Prevention of signs of ageing
  • Skin laxity
  • Pigmentation and dark scars
  • Dark eye circles and puffy under-eyes
  • Enlarged  pore size
  • Rosacea control
  • Shrinking moles and other lesions
  • Tattoo Removal

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Removing Tattoos With Q-Switch Laser

Sometimes life changes and what was once important now seems less relevant. Tattoo regret, relationship break-ups and job-hunting are among the reasons people opt to erase their body art. If you’re rethinking your ink, then Q-Switch Laser Tattoo Removal may be a good option for you.

Tattoo removal with Q-Switch laser is currently the most effective means of removing or fading tattoos with the lowest chance of scarring in comparison to other methods. Q-Switch laser works by pulsing beams of light into the skin at billionths of a second. The differing wavelengths and pulse durations are absorbed by specific colours, allowing for single or multi-coloured tattoo treatment. The shockwave breaks-up the pigment colours into smaller particles, which is then absorbed and removed by the body’s natural filtering systems without damaging the surrounding tissue. With each treatment the tattoo becomes progressively lighter. The amount of sessions or treatments will depend on how large your tattoo is, what sort of ink has been used and the length of time between your sessions.

Best Laser Treatment for Melasma and Pigmentation

Melasma is an extremely difficult condition to treat using traditional methods. Most commonly seen on the facial skin of women, it is a hormonally induced pigmentation condition which is generally characterised by a roughly symmetrical pattern of darker blotchy grey-brown pigmentation around the eyes and cheeks, and above the lip, chin or brow. Melasma is stimulated by UV light, and if treated incorrectly, can worsen.

Q-switch laser is a very effective and safe treatment for melasma on the face and works great on all skin types, including Asian, Indian and African skin. Whilst epidermal pigmentation may possibly be temporarily faded with topical lightening agents, the deeper, dermal form of melasma needs to be safely treated by the Q-switch laser. Similar to laser tattoo removal, the treatment procedure works by the laser light breaking up the pigmentation in the dermis and epidermis. The extremely short pulse duration of the Q-Switch laser shatters the pigment into micro particles so that the pigment can be removed.

Q-Switch laser is currently the gold standard for pigmentation treatment.

What To Expect From Q-Switch Laser?

Treatment is surprisingly quick, with even large numbers of brown spots able to be treated in less than 20 minutes. No preparation is required, makeup and sunblock should be removed prior to treatment. The Q-Switch laser can effectively remove lentigines and freckles in a single treatment in the majority of cases. The firing of the laser feels like the flicking of an elastic band, and does not usually require local anaesthetic beforehand. Post-laser, skin may feel slightly sensitive for a few days and redness may occur over the treated site which should only last for a few hours. For reticular vessels, results can be seen within 24 hours. For pigmentation, lightening is best seen within 1-2 weeks. Skin will appear significantly rejuvenated.

How Many Q-Switch Laser Treatments Would I Need?

A course of 4-6 treatments of Q-Switch Laser is recommended. Intervals of 2-5 weeks between treatments will return the best results. After the initial course of treatments, touch up sessions can be utilised to maintain results in the future.

Any Sides Effects from Q-Switch Laser?

Q-Switch laser treatment is very safe, whilst being effective. Scarring and infections are unlikely side effects of all laser treatments. Compliance with after care will minimise the risk of these side effects.

What Is The Downtime of Q-Switch Laser?

There may be some initial mild redness after the treatment, similar to mild sunburn, which typically fades within hours. You may resume your normal activities after treatment, but do take care to avoid sunlight as your skin will be hypersensitive to sunlight post-treatment.