Laser Pigment Removal: Recovery And Downtime Dos And Don’ts


You may have started noticing its appearance recently, or perhaps it has always been there. Yes, we’re talking about those brown or dark spots on your face.

Having pigmentation spots is pretty common, and although they are usually not in any way detrimental to health, some people may be bothered by their appearance. As a result, many people with irregular pigmentation on their faces try all means and ways to lighten and remove these patches.

If you are looking for a quick and effective measure for doing so, you’re in for a treat.

In Singapore, pigmentation removal via laser treatment is one of the most effective methods. There are various brands and types of lasers around, from the pico laser to Q-switch laser.

How does laser therapy work for pigmentation?

Laser therapy is a minimally-invasive and effective treatment for lightening or removing hyperpigmentation. It uses specific wavelengths of laser to target the pigments under the skin, after which, the pigments are broken down and metabolized by the body’s own immune system.

During the procedure, the laser device is placed against the pigmented area, and the light pulse is activated. Patients may experience a stinging sensation, but it shouldn’t be unbearably painful. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, and most people return to their daily activities right after treatment.

What happens after the treatment?

Although the laser treatment produces faster results than relying on topical creams, it still requires time to allow your skin to recover before you really see the results.

Immediately after the procedure, the affected skin area is prone to side effects like redness, swelling, and blistering. What you can do to feel more comfortable is put a cold compress on the area. However, you should keep in mind not to rub, scratch, or otherwise be rough to the affected skin area, as this will interfere with the healing process and could cause scarring.

The recovery time can vary from person to person. Some people don’t even notice any redness, while others struggle with the sore skin for a while. Usually, the skin will calm down within 24 hours. Until then, you will be advised not to apply makeup or put on any mask or skincare product that could irritate your skin.

Precautions to take during the recovery process

Due to the tenderness of the skin during the healing period, doctors will recommend patients to take extra care of their skin. Avoiding sun exposure for 1-2 weeks after the procedure is essential. Sun protection in the form of a good sunblock daily is also recommended.

For the first few days, it is advisable not to use any abrasive skin products at the affected area, or subject the skin to high heat (e.g. saunas and hot showers). Some doctors may also warn their patients against doing activities like swimming, which exposes the skin to a higher risk of infections.

In some cases, the skin will blister and peel off – this is normal, and means that your skin is healing and regenerating new skin. During this time, you will want to take care not to pick at the blisters as this could introduce bacteria and cause infections. Instead, let the skin peel off by itself, and look forward to your new layer of brighter, pigment-free skin!

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