Pigmentation is basically defined as dark colour dots, spots or patches on our face or body. Pigmentation disorders are very common in Singapore due to its intense hot weather.
There are many different types of pigmentation with different causes and treatment modalities. Immediate accurate diagnosis can usually be made on the spot by careful inspection of the pigmentation shape, colour and distribution. Some of the common pigmentation disorders are:
Sun protection. Sun protection. Sun protection.
Almost 80% of pigmentation problems root from the same cause which is sun exposure. We cannot stress enough the importance of sun protection in determining the success of pigmentation removal treatment and its long term prevention of recurrence.
Sun protection can be in the form of physical protection such as bringing umbrella, wearing covered clothing and masks or chemical protection such as oral or topical sunscreen.
In general most pigmentation can be removed effectively with laser treatment in a few sessions with some requiring prolonged treatment durations. Hence, accurate diagnosis is the key in treatment of pigmentation disorders.
There is no one size fits all solution for pigmentation removal. Options available for pigmentation removal are: