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Skin whitening is an effective treatment where you can lighten the skin and help balance out the skin coloring to achieve an even skin tone.
Skin whitening can also help improve the appearance of skin blemishes, like melasma or birthmarks.
All About Skin Whitening in Malaysia
The whitening treatment works by reducing the production or concentration of melanin, a pigment found in the skin that gives it it's color and helps protect skin from the sun.
When a person has increased melanin production, which is also known as hyperpigmentation, it can cause the skin to darken.
There are 3 types of hyperpigmentation: melasma, solar lentigines, and chloasma.
Melasma is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that is caused by damage to the skin from remnants of acne blemishes, wounds or rashes.
Solar lentigines is the term used for darkened spots that are caused by the sun. Spots such as these tend to occur on people who have a long history of sun exposure while unprotected.
Chloasma is generally used to describe skin discolorations that are caused by hormones. These hormonal changes tend to happen as a result of estrogen replacement therapy, use of birth control pills, or pregnancy.
Causes of Hyperpigmentation And The Recommended Skin Treatment
There are a number of reasons for hyperpigmentation to occur, such as inflammation, sun damage, skin injuries like those related to severe acne.
People who have darker skin tones tend to be more prone to hyperpigmentation, more so when they have excessive exposure to the sun.
Hyperpigmentation can affect areas like the face and the back of the hands.
Melanin is produced at the skins lower layer and is what is responsible for the coloring of our skin, hair, and eyes.
As our body ages, it is more difficult for it to control and regulate melanin production. Melanocyte activity is stimulated by UV light, so wherever the concentration of these cells is greatest is where hyperpigmentation will develop.
Skin whitening treatments will differ for each individual's needs and it is recommended that you have a personal consultation with our doctor at Dermlaze in order to choose the appropriate treatment plan for you.
Main Skin Whitening / Lightening Techniques
There are 3 main skin lightening techniques that people have used to get rid of blemishes; chemical peels, skin lightening creams, and laser treatment.
Chemical peels use a liquid that is brushed on the area to be treated. This removes any dead skin cells and will stimulate new cell growth. These treatments tend to be expensive and some peels can take up to 4 months to heal. Also, certain peels cannot be used on people with darker skin tones.
Skin lightening creams are another option but they are not permanent. This is because your skin is constantly regenerating, which includes the formation of new melanin via melanin-producing cells.
Skin laser treatment is a permanent solution to this issue because they kill off the melanin-producing cells, which means those cells won't regenerate.
How Laser Skin Lightening Treatment Is Done?
Laser light can be used to lighten dark patches on the skin by damaging the cells that produce melanin. The MedLite C6 laser that we use is one of the world's most technologically advanced lasers for removing pigmented lesions.
The laser removes these pigments with the energy of light. The specialized light produced by the MedLite laser is absorbed by the pigmented lesion on the skin. The unwanted pigment is then destroyed, thus removing or lightening the lesion.
You will first have a consultation to determine your skin type and a regime that will benefit you the most.
While there is very little discomfort involved, a topical anesthetic is used to make the procedure more comfortable.
Unwanted pigmentation and brown spots can be removed in 1 to 2 sessions. The procedure is comfortable with no downtime and done between 30 to 40 minutes, with each treatment being done 3 to 4 weeks apart, so you can get back to your daily activities.
The area treated will be a bit reddish and sensitive but this goes away in a few days. The end result is skin that has returned to its natural appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions About Skin Whitening Treatment
Q. Is the treatment painful?
A. The impact of the laser on the skin can be described as tiny pinpricks or a tingling sensation which is a minor discomfort to some patients.
Our doctor can help reduce this discomfort with topical anesthetic. Our laser has the unique ability to emit the laser in a random spray manner to further reduce the discomfort.
After treatment, the area will be slightly reddish and any discomfort will disappear within a few days.
Q. What must I do after the laser scar treatment?
A. You will be required to use a moisturizer and sunblock for 2-3 weeks. Post laser care is individualized and it is important to follow the physician's advice and instructions exactly for optimum results.
Q. What is the difference between non-ablative and ablative laser procedures?
A. Ablative laser treatments work by strip the outer layer of skin away. Non-ablative laser treatments preserve the skins outer layer while heating the subsurface skin layers.
Non-ablative laser treatments are what we use. The treatment has a much faster recovery time and a lower risk of scarring. However, it may take more treatments to achieve the results you are wanting than it would with an ablative treatment.
Q. Are the results permanent?
A. The laser treatment for hyperpigmentation is permanent. It works to kill off the cells that produce melanin and once the lesions have been removed from the skin, they will not come back. However, hormonal changes, aging, and UV exposure can stimulate the skin to create new areas of hyperpigmentation.
Our laser treatments treat the areas that have already been affected, but it cannot be used as a preventative procedure to stop new hyperpigmentation from occurring.