What to expect after a Pigmentation Removal Treatment

by Dr Wan Chee Kwang
December 15, 2023

Are you bothered by the blemishes and skin discolouration on your face? If so, you're not alone. Uneven skin tone and pigmentation issues can affect many adults. Fortunately, professional pigmentation removal treatments can help you achieve a more radiant complexion. 

In this blog post, we'll explore what you can expect after a pigmentation removal treatment and the types of treatment available. We will also share how you can care for your skin after the treatment.

Understanding pigmentation removal treatment

Pigmentation issues can manifest in various forms, including freckles, sunspots, melasma, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The type and severity of your pigmentation will determine which treatment is best for you. The following are some common pigmentation removal methods.

  1. Pico laser: This non-invasive procedure uses Pico laser technology to break down pigment deposits in the skin with ultra-short pulse durations. The broken-down pigments are easier for the body's natural processes to eliminate, leading to effective pigmentation reduction. Pico laser tends to have a shorter downtime and be less painful compared to a Q-switched laser.
  1. Thulium laser: Thulium laser operates in the mid-infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum and is known for its precision in targeting specific skin conditions, including pigmentation irregularities. Pigmentations are broken up into small fragments and absorbed by immune cells, renewing damaged skin and stimulating collagen production.
  1. Fractional ruby laser: By delivering controlled micro-pulses of energy, the fractional ruby laser works in a fractionated pattern, creating tiny columns of thermal damage within the skin, prompting the body's natural healing process. Over time, these damaged cells are shed, revealing a smoother, more even complexion.
  1. Chemical peels: Chemical peels treat pigmentation by using special ingredients and acids. These substances exfoliate the top layer of skin, stimulating the skin's natural healing process and boosting collagen production. Over time, this helps reduce pigmentation issues such as freckles and melasma.
  1. Topical medication: Prescription creams like hydroquinone can help fade pigmentation over time. At 1Aesthetics, we recommend topical medications to be used in conjunction with other treatments for better results.

Immediate effects

The immediate effects of a pigmentation removal treatment may vary for each individual and will depend on the type of treatment you choose. Laser treatment and chemical peels may cause some redness and slight discomfort immediately after the procedure, but these effects typically subside within a few hours to a day. 

Sometimes, you may notice a slight darkening of the treated pigmented areas immediately after the procedure. This effect is a common and temporary response as the pigment breaks down.

Short-term effects

In the days following your pigmentation removal treatment, you may experience these effects.

  1. Redness: Redness and mild swelling may persist for a few days after laser therapy or chemical peels. It's essential to keep your skin moisturised and protected during this time.
  1. Flaking and peeling: With chemical peels, you might experience peeling or flaking as the outer layer of skin sheds. Shedding is a natural part of the healing process, revealing fresher, more even-toned skin. Scabbing and peeling can also occur with laser treatments, ranging from roughness to pixelated patterns and dot scabs.
  1. Sensitivity: Your skin may be extra sensitive, so it is best to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen for protection.

Long-term effects

The long-term effects of pigmentation removal treatments are the most exciting part of your pigmentation removal journey. Over the weeks and months following your treatment, you should see a noticeable improvement in your skin's pigmentation

  1. Reduction in pigmentation: The pigmented areas gradually fade, revealing a more even skin tone.
  1. Improved skin texture: Many patients also notice improvements in skin texture and softened fine lines and wrinkles.
  1. Boosted confidence: As your skin discolouration becomes less prominent, your confidence in your appearance will likely increase.

Caring for your skin after a pigmentation removal treatment

Proper post-treatment care is necessary to ensure you get the best results while minimising the risk of complications. Here are some tips for caring for your skin after a pigmentation removal treatment.

  1. Sun protection: Excessive sun exposure is a known risk factor for pigmentation issues. After your treatment, it's crucial to use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 daily, wear protective clothing, and avoid direct sunlight.
  1. Hydration: Keep your skin well-moisturised to aid in the healing process and prevent excessive dryness.
  1. Avoid harsh products: Steer clear of abrasive skincare products, such as exfoliants and harsh cleansers, while your skin is healing. Stick to gentle, soothing effects.
  1. Follow instructions: Your doctor will provide specific post-treatment instructions, which may consist of topical and oral medication. You should adhere to them diligently to ensure optimal results.

Pigmentation Removal Treatment in Singapore

Pigmentation removal treatments are suitable for individuals who struggle with skin discolouration. If you are one of them, understanding the treatment process and post-treatment effects is essential to setting realistic expectations.

At 1Aesthetics, we believe in combining treatment methods to give you optimal results. Since pigmentation issues are unique to each individual, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment. Instead, we customise our treatments based on your skin and pigmentation type, ensuring you achieve the desired results. 

If you're considering a pigmentation removal treatment in Singapore, look no further than 1Aesthetics. Book a consultation today.


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