What are blemishes?
Melasma or hormonal pigmentation (pigmentation, melasma, post inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH), freckles) appears as symmetrical and irregular tan brown patches on the face. It is often a result of prolonged sun exposure coupled with fluctuations in hormone levels especially pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. Some individuals are more susceptible than others due to genetic disposition in both men and women.
To date there have been no single treatment that is successful in clearing melasma as it tends to recur quickly especially in those living in tropical climates where UV exposure is higher. Various treatments include sun avoidance, topical creams to lighten e.g. hydroquinone, oral tranexamic acid, chemical peels and laser based treatments. Unfortunately, some of these treatments are sub optimal and rebound pigmentation is observed. Freckles, hori naevus, and age spots are all result of sun exposure especially UV A and B. Removal can be difficult and time consuming as many treatments are required.
Hyperpigmentation can occur as a result of tissue injury either from a scratch or insect bite, sunburn or after an allergic reaction. It may start off as a red or pink mark then progress to darken over a few days.
Ways to Treat Blemishes
Q Switch Laser
Q Switch laser works to create microscopic holes in the epidermal layer of the skin to allow the laser light to target excess melanin and break it down for removal by body. It enhances the body’s natural process of renewal and ensures that new skin form is uniformly clear and free from pigmentation. It also stimulates collagen renewal and rejuvenates the skin.
Dual Yellow Laser
Dual Yellow Laser uses copper bromide technology to target inflammation and blood vessels, reducing the redness that accompanies acne and makes the skin appear more fairer. It also fades the appearance of post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH) which are red/purple/brownish marks left on the skin after injury.
The emitted green and yellow laser beams are proven effective for treating and clearing melasma by preventing the production of melanin at its source. This means it also helps keep melasma from recurring.
Overall skin becomes less sensitive to the environmental factors such as heat from the sun or cold weather, with less flushing and reactive redness.
There is no downtime and treatment is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones.
Sylfirm uses SR3 technology which is repeated ultra-short pulses that reacts only to abnormal blood vessels and excess pigment production. It addresses skin concerns such as flushing (redness), rosacea, PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) freckles, pores, wrinkles, acne scars and uneven skin tone.
This selective treatment allows us to control abnormal blood vessel formation, regulation of VEGF production and dermal rejuvenation. Its gold-plated micro needles ensures the fractional radio frequency energy is delivered to the deeper skin layers where it works to treat the skin basement membrane, without harming surrounding skin.
No, blemishes refer to blackheads, whiteheads, clogged pores and PIH. Acne scars refer to deep tissue imperfections, like pitted (boxcar) scars. Treatments for blemishes can be Hydrafacial, Q Switch, Yellow Laser and IPL whereas treatments for Acne Scars would be Rejuran, Sylfirm and Steroid Injections.