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Skin Whitening with Pico Laser: How isit Possible?

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All About Aesthetic Treatment

Aesthetic treatments are a type of cosmetic treatment that improve both the appearance or complexion naturally without any surgery involved. They are designed to rejuvenate and heal the skin, allowing the skin to feel refreshed, as well as combatting any signs of ageing on areas on the face and neck. 

There are a wide variety of aesthetic treatments available in Singapore that treat different kinds of skin concerns, However, collagen stimulation is common in aesthetic treatments to allow the treatments to work wonders.

Aesthetic Treatment VS Cosmetic Surgical Treatment

Both aesthetic treatments and cosmetic surgery treatment serve the same purpose that allows improving a person’s appearance. However, the procedures of each treatment are performed differently. 

  • Aesthetic Treatment

Aesthetic treatments are treatments that involve no surgery to achieve the finishing result using laser or energy-based treatment involving ultrasound energy, combination of radiofrequency and microneedling or just radiofrequency itself.

Aesthetic treatments carry a lesser risk compared to cosmetic surgery treatments as it does not require to go under the knife and no permanent changes will be made, allowing the downtime to be minimal or none and this also allow patients to reverse back to their original look if they do not like the current appearance, because aesthetic treatments usually last for a number of months before it goes back to its usual look.  

  • Cosmetic Surgical Treatment 

Cosmetic surgical treatments are treatments that require surgery to achieve the desired look that make permanent changes to the look and require a longer downtime for healing. As cosmetic surgical treatments require to go under the knife, anesthesia is commonly used because it is considered as a highly invasive treatment. For example, some would like to achieve a v-shape and slimmer face by needing to shave off the jawbones. 

Comparing both types of treatments together, aesthetic treatments are usually highly recommended due to its low downtime and not having the need to risk an unwanted or undesired finishing look.

Can Aesthetic Treatment Treat Uneven Skin Tone?

Other than fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone or dull looking skin can also be a culprit to making a person look older than they actually are because it exposes the imperfections on the skin, leading to noticeable signs of skin ageing. 

Uneven skin tone are dark patches on the skin that differs from other areas on the body. These areas usually have a darker complexion than other areas of the body caused by an overproduction of melanin known as hyperpigmentations that result in the formation of flat and dark patches, while a normal amount of melanin produced is known as pigmentations.

Uneven skin tone is a common skin condition that occurs on areas such as the face, neck and arms and the texture can be characterized as rough, bumpy or dry patches on the skin. When uneven skin tone has developed for a certain time, it gradually turns into dark spots like melasma, sun spots, or other pigmented conditions.

Hyperpigmentation VS Hypopigmentation

We have heard of hyperpigmentation, how about hypopigmentation? 

While hyperpigmentation is when certain areas of the body are darker than the other parts due to an overproduction of melanin, hypopigmentation occurs when there is a decreased amount of pigmentation or melanin produced on some parts of the body that appears as white patches.

What are the Types of Hyperpigmentations?

  • Freckles appear as small, flat and brown spots that are clustered together and usually found on skin areas that are exposed to the sun like the face, shoulders, arms or hands. An overproduction of melanin where the pigment gives off its colour is the culprit to the growth of freckles. 
  • Sun Spots, Age Spots or Liver Spots also known as hyperpigmentations, are more commonly found on people in their 50s, caused by sun exposure. Because the ultraviolet (UV) rays can speed up the melanin production and lead to the melanin from clumping up and resulting in the appearance of sunspots, age spots or liver spots.
  • Melasma is a cause of an overproduction of melanin on the body areas that are exposed to the skin that appear as brown or grey patches. 
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) developed when the skin has healed from an injury such as burn, acne marks and other kinds of inflammation. Leading to an overproduction of melanin responsible for providing skin colour. 
  • Nevus of Ota appear as a blue-grey colouration commonly found on the face area. A type of melanocytic nevus that is caused by an increased number of melanocytes also known as a type of cells responsible for skin pigmentation. 
  • Hori’s Nervus appear as dark patches on the skin caused by an overproduction of melanocytes.

What is the reason leading to Skin Pigmentation?

  • Sun Exposure is a common cause for skin pigmentations because the ultraviolet (UV) rays can stimulate the melanin production in the skin that results in a darker skin tone.
  • Medications like birth control pills, treating thyroid or ovarian problems can actually cause triggers to melasma, leading to skin darkening.
  • Inflammations can cause temporary increase or decrease of pigments when there is an injury on the skin that is in the process of healing that leads to trauma experienced by the skin.
  • Hormonal Changes are commonly seen  during pregnancy that can lead to the trigger of melasma that appear as small and dark patches. Skin pigmentations can vary from normal to abnormal range. Abnormal skin pigmentations include vitiligo, albinism, and melanoma.

Vitiligo: No melanin produced by the body or a minimum amount of melanin that the body produced which is not enough.

Albinism: No melanin is produced by the body, resulting in pigment-less issues in the skin, hair and eyes.

Melanoma: A type of skin cancer causing skin pigmentation changes.

Are Pigmentations Permanent?

Skin pigmentation varies from person to person and it also changes from time to time. For example, the more exposure to the sun, the amount of melanin produced in the skin can increase and lead to a darker skin tone. Pigmentations may or may not fade away on its own, a pigmented spot on the skin that is a few shades darker than the natural skin colour usually takes around 6 to 12 months to disappear, however, it can also takes up to years for it to go away on its own if the shade is much darker.

Skin Whitening with Pico Laser

Pico Laser is a laser treatment dedicated to treating skin with pigmentation concerns such as acne marks, whitening of skin tone, removal of unwanted tattoo, as well as minimizing pores and boosting skin texture and radiance.

Pico Laser is beneficial for the skin including:

  • Pigmentation and Acne Marks Reduction using short pulses of laser light to the targeted skin areas without causing any damages to the surrounding skin tissues.
  • Reducing Pore Size can prevent clogged and congested pores that lead to acne breakouts by reducing the production of sebum. 
  • Skin Brightening and Skin Texture Improvement releasing short pulses of laser light to break up the pigments into smaller fragments, allowing melanin to fade to achieve a brighten and even skin tone and texture.


Acne breakouts are usually due to an overproduction of sebum due to enlarged pores. With Pico Laser, reduction of pore sizes are beneficial for people that experience frequent acne or pimple breakouts, brightens up the skin tone and smoothen out the skin texture.

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