Learn more about laser skin whitening – what it is, types of lasers, how it is done, what to expect before and after the procedure, side effects, and more.

What Is Skin Whitening?

Skin whitening is a cosmetic procedure designed to address hyperpigmentation, melasma, freckles, and other forms of skin discoloration. It works by targeting excess melanin (the pigment responsible for skin color) in the skin, breaking it down, and stimulating the growth of new, lighter skin cells. This leads to a more even complexion and reduced visibility of imperfections. Among the various methods available, laser-based procedures have gained popularity due to their precision and effectiveness.

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Laser For Skin Whitening

Types Of Lasers For Skin Whitening

Several types of lasers can be employed for skin whitening, each with its own advantages and specific applications.

1. Fractional Lasers

Fractional lasers create microscopic wounds in the skin, prompting the body’s natural healing process. This helps to replace damaged pigmented skin cells with new, healthier ones. Fractional lasers are effective for treating melasma, sunspots, and uneven skin tone.

2. Q-Switched Lasers

Q-Switched lasers emit high-intensity, short-duration pulses of light. They are highly effective at targeting and breaking down pigmented areas, making them suitable for treating birthmarks, freckles, and certain types of tattoos.

3. Non-Ablative Lasers

Non-ablative lasers work by heating the skin’s deeper layers without causing visible damage to the surface. These lasers stimulate collagen production and can help reduce the appearance of pigmentation irregularities and improve overall skin texture.

How Is Skin Ligthening Done?

The process of skin whitening with lasers typically involves the following steps:

1. Consultation: Before undergoing the procedure, schedule a consultation with a qualified dermatologist or laser specialist. During this appointment, your skin type, concerns, and goals will be assessed, and a personalized treatment plan will be developed.

2. Preparation: In the days leading up to the procedure, follow your provider’s instructions, which may include avoiding sun exposure and discontinuing certain skincare products.

3. Procedure: On the day of the procedure, the targeted area will be cleansed, and a topical anesthetic may be applied to minimize discomfort. The laser device will then be used to deliver precise bursts of light to the skin.

4. Post-Procedure: After the treatment, your skin may appear red and slightly swollen. Follow your provider’s post-procedure instructions, which may include applying soothing creams and avoiding sun exposure.

Potential Side Effects Of Laser Whitening

While laser skin whitening procedures are generally safe and effective, there can be potential side effects, including:

  • Redness and Swelling.
  • Hyperpigmentation or Hypopigmentation.
  • Scarring.
  • Infection.

What To Do Before The Procedure

Before the procedure, make sure to avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen with a high SPF when going out. It may also be advisable to discontinue products containing retinoids or alpha hydroxy acids. It is also important to inform your provider about any medications that you are taking before having the procedure.

What To Expect After The Procedure

After a laser skin whitening procedure your medical professional may advise you to protect your skin from the sun and applying sunscreen. Follow the recommended skincare regimen provided and attend follow-up appointments as scheduled.

Cost Of Skin Whitening Procedures

The cost of laser procedures for skin whitening may vary depending on the type of laser used, the number of sessions needed, and the location. It may cost around S$150 and above.

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