Getting rid of dark spots requires a rigorous skincare routine, with specifically targeted products. But even then, completely eliminating the dark spots can be tough to achieve, especially since topical skincare products only work on the epidermal layers (the topmost layers of skin), and melanin can be clustered throughout the different skin layers, from the epidermal to dermal layers.
There are several types of aesthetic treatments that can lighten or fade pigmentation, including chemical peels, microdermabrasion, intense pulsed light (IPL) and lasers. The first two work on the skin surface to remove the topmost layer of skin and accelerate cell renewal, so if your pigmentation is at the surface of the skin, you are likely to see your dark spots lightening after going for these treatments.
And doctors are, increasingly, using a combination of lasers customised to an individual’s skin concern to get the best results possible. Some of the lasers used include the Q-switch lasers (a laser that delivers light energy at nanosecond intervals) which are good for removing surface freckles and deeper-seated pigmentation such as age spots, and pico lasers which deliver higher light energy pulses at picosecond intervals (1,000 times faster than Q-switch lasers) that are said to lower the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation as it heats up skin less (the longer the light energy stays on the skin, the hotter skin heats up to, which is why pico lasers are said to more effectively treat more “complicated” forms of pigmentation such as melasma, among others. Most aesthetic clinics offer some form of laser treatment and here are three clinics you can consider consulting with if you’re keen on laser treatments.
Mizu Aesthetic Clinic
Mizu Aesthetic Clinic uses a computerised software to identify spots and the depth of pigmentation to better target the dark spots using lasers. This also allows them to monitor progress over subsequent visits. Plus, Dr YZ Tan, founder and medical director of Mizu Aesthetic Clinic is the regional trainer (which means he trains other doctors) for Discovery Pico, a type of pico laser machine so you can be sure you’re in safe hands. Psst, popular local influencers such as Christabel Chua (@bellywellyjelly) and Xinlin Khaw (@xinlinnn) are some of those who go to Dr Tan for frequent laser treatments to keep their skin in great condition.
At #B2-12 Marina Bay Link Mall, tel: 6634 4033.
Medical director of Prive Clinic, Dr Karen Soh, is one of the first in Singapore to bring in the Discovery Pico laser machine. She’s also the appointed president of the Association of Women Doctors (Singapore) and has a host of credentials under her belt. She’s professional and experienced, and a good doctor to check out if you’re looking for a centralised yet quieter clinic (at Palais Renaissance) to do your aesthetic treatments. They also have an outlet at Nex.
At #03-03 Palais Renaissance, tel: 9848 2888 & #02-28 Nex, tel: 9171 3328.
Novu Aesthetics has 10 clinics located across our little island, offering different types of laser treatments for different concerns. But we hear that Dr BQ Tan, a medical doctor at the Yishun outlet, is popular with customers as he is experienced and able to patiently explain and recommend the specific procedure(s) for different skin concerns. He has also been known to follow through with the progress over subsequent sessions.
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