Melasma is a common skin condition that typically affects those with darker skin tones, especially Asians. Often found among women between the ages 20 and 40, this is characterised as grey or dark brown patches on the skin and can appear as flat spots or even freckles. While melasma may occur due to multiple factors, including genetic predisposition, sun exposure, hormonal imbalances, and certain medications, it is most commonly known to affect those who are pregnant. It can also lighten and darken with time, making it somewhat difficult to treat. But do not despair; at Lux Medical Aesthetic Clinic, our skin care expert, Dr Kellyn Shiau, has the answer for all your pigmentation woes. Read on to find out more about our effective and evidence-based pigmentation removal techniques in Singapore.
What Causes Melasma? Understanding the Different Types and How It Develops
Often referred to as chloasma, melasma typically occurs due to an overproduction of melanin in the skin resulting in hyperpigmented areas around the body. While it can appear anywhere, it is most commonly seen on the face, around the cheeks, nose, above the lips, chin and forehead. The exact cause of melasma isn’t fully understood, but there are several triggers that can produce more melanin, such as stress and certain skin care products. Although harmless, it can drastically affect an individual’s self-esteem, making treatment an important factor in enhancing confidence.
This skin condition comprises three main types: epidermal, dermal, and mixed melasma. Epidermal melasma, as the term implies, arises from the epidermis (the top layer of the skin) and has dark brown patches with well-defined borders. The second type develops in the dermis, which is just beneath the epidermis and has spots that are light brown or bluish in hue. Unlike epidermal melasma, dermal melasma does not have defined borders and requires a multi-modal approach in managing it. Mixed melasma, on the other hand, is generally quite responsive to pigmentation removal treatments in Singapore and is characterised by a combination of brown and blue patches.
How Effective is Laser Treatment for Reducing Melasma? Exploring Laser Therapy and Its Benefits
While there are many pigmentation removal options in Singapore, including chemical peels and IPL therapy (intense pulsed light therapy), not all treatments are effective or suitable for different skin types and tones. However, laser therapy has gained immense popularity over the years for its efficacy in addressing diverse pigmentation conditions, including melasma. Several studies have shown that the Q-Switch ND Pigment Laser device can effectively target areas that have more melanin. This laser device is well-suited for most skin types and works by heating and breaking down melanin pigments, which will subsequently be absorbed and removed within a few days.
The Q-Switch ND Pigment Laser device is a popular pigmentation removal option in Singapore due to a multitude of benefits, and they are as follows:
- Stimulates collagen production – promotes new skin formation
- Keeps the skin intact – prevents thinning of the skin (non-ablative laser)
- Rejuvenates the skin – reduces the pore size and improves the skin condition
- Provides an anti-ageing effect – makes the skin clearer, smoother, and brighter
- Non-invasive – relatively free from adverse risks and complications
- Customisable – can be tailored to meet patient’s specific needs
- Effective – has the ability to target the desired areas of the skin
- Multifaceted – Apart from reducing pigmentation, it can address the signs of ageing
Is Laser Treatment the Only Available Option? Shining Light on Other Pigmentation Removal Treatments in Singapore
While laser treatment is indeed a popular and preferred option, there are other treatments that can be used in conjunction with lasers to help you attain the desired skin tone and texture. At Lux Medical Aesthetic Clinic, we recognise that every person is unique and has different requirements and preferences. With this in mind, we offer a comprehensive range of alternative pigmentation removal treatment options in Singapore, from chemical peels, topical depigmentation creams, microneedling radiofrequency, and microdermabrasion.
While having an array of options is beneficial, it is wise to consult a medical professional to make sure the right treatment is offered to you. This will play a significant role in ensuring your safety is prioritised, and your expectations and concerns are taken into account. Furthermore, it is important to note that melasma cannot be treated overnight, and multiple sessions might be needed to achieve the desired outcome. Are you ready to embark on your journey to clear and vibrant skin? Visit Lux Medical Aesthetic Clinic today or reach out to us to book an appointment and meet with one of Singapore’s trusted and well-loved skin care professionals, Dr Kellyn Shiau!