Regardless of Type & Severity, Pigmentation can be Reduced

Pigmentation can be due to many causes, such as post-inflammatory pigmentation after a rash or allergy flare-up, certain oral medications, and excessive sun exposure over the years leading to sun-damaged skin.

A variety of pigmented lesions can develop on sun-damaged skin (e.g. freckles, solar lentigenes, melasma, Hori’s nevus). These vary in their depth, behaviour and response to treatment.

With over 20 years’ experience in cosmetic dermatology, Dr Wong Su-Ni will carefully assess your pigmentation and advise you on a suitable treatment plan.

Lighten Dark Spots and Regain Radiant, Even-Toned Skin

  • See a dermatologist with a special interest in cosmetic dermatology who can best identify the type of pigmentation you have and tailor a suitable treatment.
  • Undergo a customized treatment plan that will reduce pigmented areas using techniques that suits your specific skin type and condition.
  • Enjoy and maintain your improved skin by protecting your skin from the sun and adhering to your newly recommended skincare routine.
Treating pigmentation requires careful personalization.

Schedule a consultation at 6733 3629 or drop us a message below for an assessment today

How Does Pigmentation Occur?

Pigmentation is usually the result of aging and repeated sun exposure, which causes the melanin-producing cells to lose their ability to spread pigment evenly over the skin. This results in the formation of dark spots, grey patches and freckles—particularly on areas most commonly exposed to the sun.

Another common form of pigmentation is birthmarks. In particular, brown birthmarks are caused by localized areas of excessive pigmentation.

Pregnancy and the use of contraceptive pills can also cause pigmentation, because the increased estrogen level in both situations can trigger melanin-producing hormones (melanin is the pigment that gives our skin colour).

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) in the form of dark spots can also affect those with acne, and occur as a result of tissue damage and wounds such as cuts and burns.

Treating Pigmentation

Pigmented lesions are a headache to many because they seem like an unsightly blight on the face and body. Thankfully, there are various ways of safely removing those dark spots. These include various types of creams, oral medications, chemical peels, IPL and laser peels.

Featured Treatment: Laser Pigmentation Removal

In general, laser treatment is considered one of the most effective, gentle and advanced option for removing pigmentation.

Skin Conditions Treated

  • Freckles
  • Sun Spots
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Age Spots
  • Flat Pigmented Birthmarks

Different types of lasers will be used, depending on the type and severity of the pigmentation and the individual’s skin type.

Please refer to Our Services page for details of the laser treatments that we offer.

What Can I Do On My Part to Prevent Pigmentation?
  • Protect your skin from the sun: Apply a good sunscreen liberally every time you head outdoors, and wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • Reduce estrogen consumption: Use of exogenous estrogen can worsen pigmentation issues. Discontinuing contraceptive pills and avoiding alcohol, beans and soy is recommended, as these foods may increase estrogen production in the liver.
  • Adopting a good skincare routine: Your dermatologist will identify your skin’s unique needs and personalize a daily skincare routine for you, including the use of clinically-tested products.
Dr Wong Su-Ni will carefully assess your skin to determine the type of pigmentation you may have, and craft a treatment plan specifically to your needs.

To schedule a consultation, please call us at 6733 3629 or drop us a message here

FAQs
1. Is Pigmentation Genetic?

Only partly. Other main factors include sun exposure and natural ageing. Environmental factors play a major role as well—regular exposure to pollutants can speed up ageing, and the use of unsuitable skin products can also exacerbate pigmentation.

By sending precise pulses of light energy into the darkened areas, the pigmented lesions break up and are absorbed by the body before being gradually eliminated through the body’s natural processes.

At our clinic, our dermatologist uses medical-grade lasers, which are the only safe and effective types.

A pigmented spot will not return after treatment. However, there is nothing stopping new pigmentation from forming due to ageing, hormones and sun exposure.

It is therefore important to maintain good skincare habits to minimize the chances of new pigmentation forming.

Dr Wong Su-Ni Dermatologist
Dr Wong Su-Ni
Consultant Dermatologist
MBBS (Melbourne), MMed (Internal Med)
MRCP (UK) FAMS (Dermatology), FRCP (London)
Visiting Consultant, National Skin Centre

With over 20 years of experience in the dermatological field, Dr Wong Su-Ni’s subspecialty interests include Lasers, Dermatological Surgery, Cosmetic Dermatology, Psoriasis, Acne and Eczema.

The past President of the Dermatological Society of Singapore, Dr Wong was also a Consultant Dermatologist at the National Skin Centre, the Chief of the Psoriasis Unit, a Consultant Dermatologic Surgeon; and a Visiting Consultant to various hospitals in Singapore today.

Her mission is to provide effective, holistic and personalized treatment for all skin conditions.

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