The word “pigmentation” in itself entails coloring. Nowadays, pigmentation or coloring of the skin is considered a beauty issue that many of us face. The main factors which trigger this blemish are prolonged sun exposure, allergic conditions and heredity. In other words, if your parents or grandparents have this issue, most likely you will to. Since exposure to the sun is a big contributor to the condition of coloring, sunny countries like Vietnam are more prone to this concern.
The word “pigmentation” in itself entails coloring. Your skin gets its color from the pigment called melanin. In your body, there are special cells which affect the production of melanin, when these cells become unhealthy or damaged, melanin production gets altered thus leading to color change in your skin. These disorders can affect either some parts or even your whole body. Here in Vietnam, and the rest of Asia, the color of skin sought is often paper white. So when color sets in, most women we see want to get rid of it quite quickly. At SIAN, we have methods to remove pigmentation and prevent it from happening more.
Most common disorders:
- Superficial (Epidarmal) Pigmentation. Occurs close to the surface of the skin and is induced by sun. Some of the most common epidermal are: age spots, sun spots and freckles.
- Deep (Dermal) Pigmentation. Occurs in the dermal layers of the skin, issues include birth marks, macules and naevus spilus.
- Mixed epidermal and epidermal pigmentation. This type is spread across both the superficial and deeper layers of the skin. For instance, melasma belongs to this category of pigmentation issues.
How to treat coloring?
There are many types of pigmentation and therefore a solid diagnosis is important before starting. For example, melasma, a common pigmentation condition will require different therapy than sun induced brown spots. SIAN Clinic offers many treatments that are effective for various conditions. By using a combination of therapies including Q-Switched laser technology, we can now revitalize your skin and remove any unwanted pigmentation with high degree of success. Topical creams and medications may be required as part of a home care program. Laser therapy in itself delivers short pulses of high power within 20 nanoseconds (1 nanosecond = 1 billionth of a second). This allows photo-mechanical effect to shatter these pigmentation particles without harming the surrounding tissues.
Are there any side effects?
Q-switched laser treatment is completely safe with practically no pain or side effects. Various medications / topical agents may have some side effects and will be explained to you.
After laser treatment, exposure to sun should be reduced to a minimum. Sunscreen should be applied on treated areas when encountering sun.
What kind of results can I expect?
After working on epidermal level of skin, there will be no downtime, but the treated area might appear red for one or two days. When it comes to pigmentation or freckle removal on deeper levels, there might be skin crust, swelling and darkened areas, which can persist up to 7 days.
At SIAN, we see good results but they do depend on how severe the particular problem you have. Some lesions require more treatment sessions than others, such as melasma can take up to 10 sessions to remove. On top of that, brush-up sessions should be done from time to time.