If you’ve ever had skin pigmentation problems, such as moles, freckles or melasma you might consider getting it removed through laser pigmentation removal procedures. It’s a non-invasive procedure and thus will not carry the risks of surgery such as infection and bleeding. Hundreds of people in Singapore undergo laser pigmentation removal, which as a result has helped changed their lives. Many aesthetic clinics in Singapore offer this procedure and your safety and comfort are of their highest priority when administering the procedure. It’s also a relatively painless procedure, especially when compared to other cosmetic procedures like a tummy tuck or a nose job.
If you’ve decided to get a laser pigmentation removal treatment, then schedule a consultation with your preferred aesthetic clinic that offers the procedure. Cambridge Medical, one of the sought-after cosmetic clinics in Singapore, recommends the following lifestyle tips before and after the procedure.
Preparing for the Laser Pigmentation Removal Procedure
- Stay away from the sun!
Most skin pigmentation issues are caused by sun exposure, which is why it is very important that you prevent the worsening of your pigmentation problems by avoiding the sun’s harmful rays. If you’re a fan of tanning beds, stop using them for at least four weeks before the procedure as it can cause further damage to your skin tissues. As much as possible, avoid going outside, but if you can’t, at least bring an umbrella or a wide-brimmed hat for protection.
- Use a gentle cleanser and skincare product on target areas.
Stronger cleaners and products often cause photosensitivity on the skin, which can affect the effectiveness of the treatment. These include topical skincare products that have salicylic acid, retinol or hydroxy acids in their ingredients. Stop using them at least 3 days before the procedure.
- Take a bath or shower right before the treatment.
It is very important that the skin being targeted for the laser pigmentation removal is clean and devoid of lotions, creams or oils. One great way to achieve this is by taking a bath or shower the morning of the day of the treatment. Also, you might want to remove any excess hair in the treatment area.
- Use sun block daily.
Ensure that you use a sun block or sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, which blocks at least 97% of the sun’s harmful radiation. Make it a daily habit even if it’s raining outside.
- Remember to take the medication prescribed during the consultation.
You can’t just walk into an aesthetic clinic and expect to undergo the procedure immediately. A full consultation is done first to ensure that your skin pigmentation problems can, in fact, be addressed by the procedure. During this time, the doctor or specialist may also prescribe some medication to prepare you for the laser treatment. Ensure that you follow their instructions to the dot to avoid any complications.
Aftercare Tips for the Laser Pigmentation Removal Procedure
- Don’t be alarmed by some scabbing or flaking!
It is normal for your skin to flake, blister or scab after laser treatment, so don’t be surprised if this happens with you. In fact, this phenomenon will likely persist for several days. Resist the urge to rub, shave or pick your skin! It might be very tempting, but if you do this, it can cause damage to the treated area and might worsen the effects. Your skin may also lighten, darken, or fade after the treatment. Your body takes time to process this event, and it will take about 4 to 6 weeks for the full results to appear.
- The sun is not your friend.
Continue your routine of avoiding the sun as much as possible. This is especially more important after the treatment, as your skin will have a heightened sensitivity due to the laser procedure. Remember to apply sunblock (SPF 30+) and to bring some sun protection items like an umbrella if you need to go outside.
- Use a gentle soap or cleanser on the treated area once each day.
To clean the treated area, don’t use any strong cleansers or soaps as they can cause irritation. Instead, use a gentle soap without any strong ingredients like salicylic acid to avoid complications in the treated skin area. Keep the treated skin hydrated by applying hydrocortisone or a post-treatment gel twice daily until the skin has fully recovered.
- Avoid any strenuous physical activity and exercise.
Exercise is important for keeping fit and healthy, but when recovering from a laser pigmentation removal procedure, it should be avoided for at least 2 days after the procedure. You want your body to exert a lot of its energy into recovery, so take frequent rests to accelerate the process.
- Return to the clinic for a follow-up assessment after a month or upon the clinic’s instructions.
To ensure that the treatment is working well, have yourself assessed by the clinic’s doctors and staff after 4 to 6 weeks. Also, if you feel that the treatment isn’t working as expected, don’t hesitate to visit the clinic.
Cambridge Medical Group
91B Orchard Road, #08-05A1,
Tower B, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238874
+65 6733 0777