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Pigmentation

Did you know that facial spots are one of the biggest skin concerns of Singapore women? Living in a tropical country makes you vulnerable to hyperpigmentation. While you can’t hide from the sun, you can lighten or remove pigmentation with the latest treatments.

Speak to a Dermatologist

Dr. Wong of Assurance Skin has been a Ministry of Health Accredited Dermatologist since 1998. In his 20 years of practice he has treated thousands of patients with pigmentation problems. In fact, he was one of the first Singapore doctors who combined OBAGI Skincare and IPL to clear pigmentation. Today, he continues to bring in tried and tested technology and medical-grade skincare products to safely and effectively banish the pigmentation blemish.

“Spot” the Real Problem

Melanin is the natural pigment in the body that gives color to hair, skin and eyes. Hyperpigmentation or brown spots occur when the skin cells that produce melanin are activated either from being damaged or because they are unhealthy. However, there are different kinds of hyperpigmentation. Which one do you have?

Freckles respond very well to OPT treatment

Freckles with superficial pigmentation

1. Freckles

  • Small, ranging from 1 to 2 millimeters
  • Appears usually on the face, back and shoulders
  • Caused by a combination of genetics and sun exposure
  • Grows more prominent as you age

 

 

 

Lentigine with superficial pigmentation

Lentigine with superficial pigmentation

2.  Lengitine / Sun spots

  • Round or oval patches that make skin tone look uneven
  • Often appears on the face, hands and shoulders
  • Caused by sun exposure

 

 

 

 

Melasma with superficial & deep pigmentation

Melasma with superficial & deep pigmentation

3.  Melasma

  • Appears on cheeks or forehead, usually in one’s mid 30s
  • Three types: epidermal (superficial), dermal (deeper) and mixed (both superficial and deep).
  • Caused usually by a mix of different factors
    • Family history
    • Pregnancy
    • Birth control pill
    • Sun exposure

 

 

Hori's macule

Hori’s macule

4.  Hori’s Macule

  • One of the most common but under-diagnosed pigmentation problems
  • Bean-sized discolorations that can appear brown or dark blue
  • Mostly occurs in women starting in their 30s
  • Responds only to laser.

 

 

 

5.  Post-inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation (PIH)

  • Light to dark brown pigmentation patch
  • Usually appears after acne or heat injury
  • Common among Asians with pigmented or dark skin
  • Becomes harder to treat with creams as you age

6.  Dark circles

  • Dark, brown or bluish circles under the eyes
  • Caused by the light reflecting on capillaries and veins under the skin or tear trough depression
  • Looks more prominent as skin becomes thinner
  • Caused by many factors. Get a personal consultation to know the real cause and best treatment.

7.  Age spots / Seborrheic keratosis

  • Dark spots that appear on the face and body
  • Appear in one’s 60s
  • Easy to treat and remove
  • Common with age, but genetic predisposition will cause some people to get it earlier

Beat that Blemish!

Don’t experiment with your skin! An accurate diagnosis is the key to effective pigmentation treatment. Go to a dermatologist who can diagnose your pigmentation problem and use the right treatment approach. When the problem is not diagnosed accurately and wrong treatment approach is applied, it can worsen your skin problem.

Holistic Approach to Pigmentation Problems

Assurance Skin Clinic chooses and combines different treatment methods to correctly treat your particular skin concern. Depending on your case, Dr Wong can recommend one or more of the following

  • Sunscreens and medical grade lightening creams. These contain powerful ingredients that lighten the skin and help slow down melanin production. Dr. Wong prescribes the correct regimen for your hyperpigmentation to lighten or remove them with satisfactory outcome.
  • Dr. Wong uses the Helios III Q-Switched ND-YAG laser to break down your pigment without damaging the skin surface. In the hands of an experienced doctor, lasers can treat lentigines, Hori’s macule, freckles, stubborn acne marks, age spots and even tattoos. With the latest Korean fractional pigment laser Helios III, the down time from laser treatment is minimal, recovery is a lot faster and the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is greatly reduced.
  • Optimal Pulse Technology (OPTTM) is an advanced and improved version of Intense Pulse Light (IPL).  It penetrates tissue to destroy pigments. Studies show that this technology can reduce superficial pigmentation by 84.6% after just three sessions.
  • Skin peels. Various Medical grade Peels are designed to treat pigmentation for various skin type and tone. This removes the surface cells to reveal newer, healthy cells and help fade pigmentation blemishes. 

Get a Personal Consultation

If you are frustrated by the pigmentation on your face, a consultation is an excellent way to get you started on the path to evenly tone and more attractive skin. Call +65 6694 1121 or Whatsapp 97244911 now to make an appointment to see our Skin Specialist, Dr. ST Wong.

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