Concern March 28, 2023
What do you know about pigmentation?

Too much melanin production in the skin causes pigmentation issues such as freckles, sunspots, and melasma. Lifestyle choices, sun exposure, smoking, hormonal changes, aging, and medications can cause abnormal pigmentation, especially in those with darker skin tones

What caused pigmentation?

The overproduction of melanin in the skin is the primary cause of skin pigmentation, which can result in freckles, sunspots, melasma, and other conditions. Abnormal pigmentation is often linked to poor lifestyle choices, such as prolonged sun exposure without protection, smoking, hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause, and aging. Certain medications can also affect melanin production. Those with darker skin tones are particularly susceptible to hyperpigmentation.

Effective treatments for pigmentation and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation typically involve various types of lasers, laser sessions, and occasionally chemical peels. An experienced doctor can effectively treat specific cases of dark spots, age spots, brown spots, and acne scarring.

Am I a suitable candidate for pigmentation removal treatments in Singapore?

In general, most forms of pigmentation can be treated or can be lightened by using topical creams, sunblock, IPL, lasers, etc. However, it is crucial to know your past medical history and thoroughly examine your skin condition to get the correct diagnosis. In addition, using the right tools and appropriate settings is essential to eliminate abnormal pigmentation.

What are the common skin pigmentations in Asian skin type?

Sunspots – These are also known as solar lentigines. It has a clearly defined edge with an increased number of melanocytes. These are called sunspots because the cause is generally exposure to the harsh UV rays of the sun. Hence, these usually appear around areas that are exposed to sunlight, like the hands and face.


Freckles – These are clusters of slight pigmentation caused by the overproduction of melanin in sun-exposed skin (face, arms, shoulder, etc.). It is commonly seen in people with a fair skin tone, and some people might be genetically predisposed to developing freckles.


Melasma – Melasma is generally more common in older women and some pregnant women. It may be linked to hormonal changes, stress, prolonged sun exposure, family history, etc. Melasma usually appears on the face and can be quite unsightly.


Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation – PIH sometimes occurs after the skin suffers an injury or inflammation (like acne, eczema, abrasion, chemical burn, etc.).


All these types of skin pigmentation require slightly different treatments and management. Depending on the severity of your condition, our medical doctor will recommend topical creams, laser treatments, or a combination of both. In addition, a good post-treatment skincare regime is essential to maintain healthy skin and prevent pigmentation from recurring.

Our aesthetics clinic has different treatment protocols and lasers to tackle stubborn skin pigmentation. We will customize the treatment plan according to your pigmentation severity and recovery progress. .

Options for pigmentation removal at MY MEDICAL AESTHETICS

Restore your skin to its optimum condition with our range of treatments that include:

1) 755nm Pico Laser
2) Picosecond Laser
3) Pro Yellow Laser
4) Intense Pulse Light (IPL)
5) LED Phototherapy

During the consultation, Dr Lim will assess your skin and recommend the treatment that best fits your needs.

For more information, please contact us at +65 9770 8328.