Pigmentation Removal Treatment in Singapore:
Visibly Clearer Skin in Just 1 Session

Whether you’re fair, tan, or somewhere in between, pigmentation is what gives your skin its colour. Due to factors such as genetics and excess sun exposure, however, spots or patches of your skin may be darker than the rest. Luckily, freckles, birthmarks, age spots and other unwanted pigmentation can be easily removed with pigmentation removal treatment. Today, we delve deep into the topic of pigmentation, covering aspects such as causes, the types of pigmentation removal treatments available and the cost of pigmentation removal in Singapore.

What Causes Pigmentation?

The three primary causes of pigmentation are genes, sun exposure and hormones.

Genes: Birthmarks, which refers to pigmentation formed at or shortly after birth, falls under this category. Freckles and sun spots are hereditary, so if you have one or more parents with pigmentation, you’re more prone to having it than other people.

Sun exposure: Prolonged sun exposure, especially in the absence of sunscreen, can cause the size of melanocytes (specialised cells which produce melanin) to increase and pigment to form.

Hormones: Women are more prone to pigmentation (3x greater risk than men), especially during periods of large hormonal fluctuations (i.e., during or after pregnancy, during menopause).

Want to know what’s causing your pigmentation? Consult our doctors today for their opinion.

What is Pigmentation Removal?

Pigmentation removal is a process in which unwanted pigmentation is removed from the skin, typically through equipment like lasers. At HAACH, we use intense pulsed light (IPL) in our treatment plans for pigmentation removal, which effectively targets and breaks down excess melanin for smooth, evenly-coloured skin.

Types of Pigmentation

Melasma

Dark grey or grey-brown patches on both sides of the face, melasma is typically caused by waxing, inflammation, hormones, sun exposure, diet and chemicals.

Freckles

Freckles are flat brown marks that appear on a person’s skin. Excessive sun exposure can cause freckles, and they can be transmitted genetically via the MC1R gene. Typically, they are smaller than 0.5cm.

Birthmarks

Birthmarks are formed during birth or shortly after (e.g., weeks later). There are two main types of birthmarks: pigmented birthmarks and vascular birthmarks. While pigmented birthmarks are caused by an overgrowth of cells, vascular birthmarks are a result of incorrect blood vessel formation.

Solar Lentigines (Sun spots)

Sun spots appear as tan, brown or black spots on the skin. Typically appearing later in life, solar lentigines or sun spots are caused by UV radiation from the sun’s rays or tanning beds. Generally, sun spots range from 0.5cm-2 cm in size.

Post inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Caused by 1 of 2 mechanisms (epidermal or dermal melanosis), post inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin produces extra melanin following skin inflammation or an injury. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can take the form of dark marks or blemishes.

Hori’s Naevus

Hori’s naevus manifests as multiple discoloured spots ranging from blue-brown to slate-grey, and typically forms in older adults. Hori’s nevus develops in the deeper layers of the skin, unlike freckles which are formed on its surface.

Melanocytic Naevi (Moles)

Moles are formed by clusters of pigmented cells (melanocytes). Moles come in different colours, shapes and sizes and can be flat or raised. Typically, they appear during childhood and adolescence, but new moles may appear up till the age of 50.

Seborrheic Keratosis (Age spots)

Age spots are small, flat and irregularly shaped dark areas on the skin. As their name implies, age spots are correlated with age, appearing typically in middle age and later. However, sun exposure means they can form much earlier (e.g., 20s). Age spots are also referred to as “sun spots”.

Sebaceous Hyperplasia

Sebaceous hyperplasia are small, yellow bumps that form due to clogged skin follicles. Typically, it develops in adults aged above 40: the older you are, the more susceptible you are.

Types of Pigmentation Removal Treatment

At HAACH, we offer a total of 8 pigmentation removal treatments based on IPL (intense pulsed light) technology, which also goes by the terms “photofacial” and “photorejuvenation”. One common misconception people have is that IPL is a type of laser treatment. In reality, IPL treatment and laser treatment are different. IPL targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) and breaks down the pigment melanin to eradicate or reduce any blemishes or flaws. Lasers, in comparison, “resurface” the skin by targeting its top layers (epidermis).

Unlike lasers, which focus on only one wavelength of light, IPL releases several wavelengths on the target area to address multiple conditions simultaneously and treat a larger area faster. On your face, IPL has a twofold advantage of reducing pigmentation while stimulating the production of collagen at the same time. As your treatment progresses, its effects will become significantly more pronounced, which is why we recommend multiple treatments at regular intervals.

Aqua Porcelain Facial

简介

Elevate the tone of your skin with a cell renewal facial treatment that not only provides visibly improved results but also ensures well-hydrated and resilient skin for a youthful appearance.

主要优点

  • Revitalises and moisturises skin
  • 注入活性成分
  • Improves skin elasticity
  • 容光焕发,完美无瑕
  • 获得美丽、年轻、紧致的肌肤

Suitable for: Dry skin, sensitive skin, ageing skin, wrinkles, pigmented skin

Duration: 90 minutes

Aqua
水瓷面部护理

$381

简介

通过细胞再生面部护理,使您的皮肤容光焕发和完美无瑕,获得显著的滋润效果。实现水润紧致的肌肤,使您看起来更加年轻有活力!

主要优点

  • 活化及滋润肌肤
  • 注入活性成分
  • 改善皮肤弹性
  • 容光焕发,完美无瑕
  • 获得美丽、年轻、紧致的肌肤

流程

第1步:纯薰衣草舒缓按摩

第2步:卸妆乳

第3步:深层清洁和去角质

第4步:玫瑰镇定面膜和萃取液

第5步:借助超声波导入仪使用水润再生安瓶

第6步:借助超声波导入仪使用胶原蛋白凝胶

第7步:使用抗衰老舒缓霜进行面部和肩部按摩

第8步:敷上补水面膜

第9步:完成日常护肤流程

适用于:

  • 干性皮肤
  • 敏感皮肤
  • 衰老皮肤
  • 皱纹
  • 缺水性皮肤
  • 色素沉着的皮肤

时长:90分钟

建议:每2周一次

Oxygeneo Classic (2 In 1) Tripolar Plus Ultrasound

简介
Elevate the tone of your skin with a cell renewal facial treatment that not only provides visibly improved results but also ensures well-hydrated and resilient skin for a youthful appearance.

主要优点

  • Plumps and hydrates skin
  • Restores skin volume
  • Renews youthful glow
  • Revitalises dull complexion
  • Reduces appearance of wrinkles
  • Firms skin and tightens pores
  • Improves skin cell production
  • Reduces pigmentation

Suitable for: All skin types including dry, sensitive and oily skin

Duration: 90 minutes

Suggested frequency: Once every 2 weeks

加氧动能经典(2合1)
三极射频加超声波导入法

$581

简介

恢复肌肤的透明度和肤色,重现年轻真实的样子!利用三极射频的尖端技术,只需几次治疗即可迅速见效!

主要优点

  • 肌肤饱满水润
  • 使肌肤更加丰盈
  • 焕发年轻光彩
  • 提亮暗沉肤色
  • 减少皱纹的出现
  • 紧致肌肤,收敛毛孔
  • 促进皮肤细胞的生成
  • 减少色素沉着

流程

第1步:纯薰衣草舒缓油

第2步:洁面乳

第3步:使用菠萝去角质凝胶进行泡沫清洁和换肤

第4步:镇静面膜、萃取液、修眉和爽肤消毒

第5步:借助凝胶渗透使用三极射频

第7步:利用超声导入仪促进精华液的吸收

第8步:用保湿精华液/凝胶/面霜进行面部提拉按摩

第9步: 抗衰老舒缓霜和肩部按摩

第10步:敷上面膜

第11步:涂抹日常护肤品、爽肤水、保湿霜和防晒霜

适用于:

适用于所有皮肤类型

时长:90分钟

建议:每2周一次

Clear Away Facial & Neck (IP)

简介

Eliminate pigmentation, redness and irregular skin tone with our advanced Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment. Experience a solution to acne, redness and rosacea issues with our Clear Away Facial.

主要优点

  • Remove red spots or diffuse redness
  • 有助于治疗痤疮或酒糟鼻
  • Minimises large pores
  • Eliminates wrinkles by stimulating collagen growth
  • 通过刺激胶原蛋白生长,消除皱纹 消除色素不均和晒斑
  • Repairs tiny visible blood vessels

Suitable for: Dry skin, sensitive skin, ageing skin, pigmented skin

Duration: 90 minutes

Suggested frequency: Once every 2 weeks

清洁性
Facial

$431

简介

用我们的强脉冲光清除色素沉着、红疹和肤色不均。现在,因戴口罩而引起的痤疮(口罩肌)非常常见。通过尝试清洁性面部护理,解决您的痤疮、红疹或酒糟鼻等问题。

主要优点

  • 消除红斑或弥漫性红晕
  • 有助于治疗痤疮或酒糟鼻
  • 收敛毛孔
  • 有助于治疗痤疮或酒糟鼻 收敛毛孔
  • 通过刺激胶原蛋白生长,消除皱纹 消除色素不均和晒斑
  • 修复可见的毛细血管

流程

第1步:纯薰衣草舒缓油

第2步:洁面乳

第3步:使用菠萝去角质凝胶进行泡沫清洁和换肤

第4步:镇静面膜、萃取液、修眉和爽肤消毒

第5步:面部穴位按摩

第6步:利用强脉冲光凝胶进行强脉冲光治疗

第7步:使用抗衰老舒缓霜进行肩部按摩

第8步:敷上胶原蛋白纸面膜

第9步:涂抹日常护肤品、爽肤水、保湿霜和防晒霜

适用于:

  • 暗沉的皮肤
  • 缺水性皮肤
  • 皱纹
  • 肤色不均
  • 色素沉着的皮肤

时长:60分钟

建议:每2周一次

Clear Away Facial & Neck (IP)

简介

Eliminate pigmentation, redness and irregular skin tone with our advanced Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment. Experience a solution to acne, redness and rosacea issues with our Clear Away Facial.

主要优点

  • Remove red spots or diffuse redness
  • 有助于治疗痤疮或酒糟鼻
  • Minimises large pores
  • Eliminates wrinkles by stimulating collagen growth
  • 通过刺激胶原蛋白生长,消除皱纹 消除色素不均和晒斑
  • Repairs tiny visible blood vessels

Suitable for: Dry skin, sensitive skin, ageing skin, pigmented skin

Duration: 90 minutes

Suggested frequency: Once every 2 weeks

Peaches And Cream

简介
A delicious treat for your skin, this treatment is suitable for all skin types and lives up to its name: it gently exfoliates, leaving your skin soft and bouncy. Let the compliments flow in.

主要优点

  • 去除死皮细胞、灰尘和污垢
  • Reduces clogged pores, excess oil and dry skin
  • Reduces fine lines & wrinkles
  • Improves skin circulation
  • 改善肤质
  • 皮肤更光滑柔软

Suitable for: All skin types including dry, sensitive and oily skin

Duration: 75 minutes

Suggested frequency: Once every 2 weeks

Peaches
婴儿般肌肤和舒缓霜

$251

Reviva Brightening

简介

Revitalise your facial beauty with a combination of potent elements that contribute to a silky smooth complexion, imbuing it with a radiant translucence and luminosity from deep within. Explore the enduring benefits of alpine rose for timeless results.

主要优点

  • Increases skin stem cells’s vitality
  • Boosts epidermal regeneration
  • Intensifies hydration
  • Infused with stem cells of alpine rose for sublime effects

Suitable for: Ageing skin, wrinkles, dehydrated skin, pigmented skin

Duration: 75 minutes

Suggested frequency: Once every 2 weeks

活化美白
Brightening

$281

简介

混合多种强效成分,让您的面部恢复活力,获得滋养,使肌肤如丝般光滑,由内而外焕发出迷人的光彩。发现阿尔卑斯玫瑰的纯正力量和持久功效!

主要优点

  • 主要优点
  • 增强皮肤干细胞的活力
  • 促进表皮再生
  • 强效补水向干细胞注入阿尔卑斯玫瑰成分,获得极致效果

流程

第1步:纯薰衣草舒缓按摩

第2步:卸妆乳

第3步:深层清洁和去角质

第4步:玫瑰镇定面膜和萃取液

第5步:利用冰晶球使用玫瑰精华液和进行穴位按摩

第6步:使用抗衰老舒缓霜进行面部和肩部按摩

第7步:敷上反应性凝胶面膜

第8步:敷上活肤面膜

第9步:完成日常护肤流程

适用于:

  • 衰老皮肤
  • 皱纹
  • 缺水性皮肤
  • 色素沉着的皮肤

时长:75分钟

建议:每2周一次

Reviva Rose Stem Cells Intensive Skin Revitalisation Set

简介

Revitalise your facial beauty with a combination of potent elements that contribute to a silky smooth complexion, imbuing it with a radiant translucence and luminosity from deep within. Explore the enduring benefits of alpine rose for timeless results.

主要优点

  • Increases skin stem cells’s vitality
  • Boosts epidermal regeneration
  • Intensifies hydration
  • Infused with stem cells of alpine rose for sublime effects

Suitable for: Ageing skin, wrinkles, dehydrated skin, pigmented skin

Duration: 90 minutes

Suggested frequency: Once every 2 weeks

Reviva Rose Stem Cells
焕活玫瑰干细胞强效活肤套装

$591

简介

混合多种强效成分,让您的面部恢复活力,获得滋养,使肌肤如丝般光滑,由内而外焕发出迷人的光彩。发现阿尔卑斯玫瑰的纯正力量和持久功效!

主要优点

  • 主要优点
  • 增强皮肤干细胞的活力
  • 促进表皮再生
  • 强效补水向干细胞注入阿尔卑斯玫瑰成分,获得极致效果

流程

第1步:纯薰衣草舒缓按摩

第2步:卸妆乳

第3步:深层清洁和去角质

第4步:玫瑰镇定面膜和萃取液

第5步:利用冰晶球使用玫瑰精华液和进行穴位按摩

第6步:使用抗衰老舒缓霜进行面部和肩部按摩

第7步:敷上反应性凝胶面膜

第8步:敷上活肤面膜

第9步:完成日常护肤流程

适合:

  • 衰老皮肤
  • 皱纹
  • 缺水性皮肤
  • 色素沉着的皮肤

时长:90分钟

建议:每2周一次

Fitzpatrick Scale and IPL Treatment

We use the Fitzpatrick scale in determining the type of pigmentation removal treatment to use.

fitzpatrick scale

As seen in the image above, this scale classifies skin by six types. Here’s the recommended IPL light intensity according to your skin type and colour.

 

Fitzpatrick Skin Type

Skin Colour

IPL Light Intensity

Type 1

Ivory

6-8

Type 2

Fair or pale

5-7

Type 3

Fair to beige, with golden undertones

4-8

Type 4

Olive or light brown

2-4

Type 5

Dark brown

You cannot use the device

Type 6

Deeply pigmented dark brown to darkest brown/ black

You cannot use the device

Pigmentation Removal Risks

Below are a few risks commonly associated with pigmentation removal. 

  • Mild itching
  • Minor infection
  • Redness
  • Crusting          

Although much less likely, these risks could still occur:

  • Burns 
  • Oscular (eye) injury
  • Scarring
  • Dyspigmentation (abnormal formation or distribution of pigmentation in skin)

Pigmentation Removal Procedure

While each procedure may differ slightly, here’s the flow of a typical pigmentation removal session at HAACH.

Step 1: Your skincare therapist will provide a soothing lavender oil massage.

Step 2: Any makeup on your face will be gently removed.

Step 3: We’ll perform a thorough deep cleanse and exfoliation to rejuvenate your skin.

Step 4: A calming mask will be applied, and any necessary extractions will be skillfully performed.

Step 5: Enjoy a relaxing face massage, during which we may apply a nourishing serum or gel.

Step 6: You can opt for an IPL treatment with IPL gel for skin rejuvenation or a moisturising massage.

Step 7 & 8: Experience the indulgence of a face mask, with or without a relaxing massage.

Step 9: We complete your skincare routine by applying daily essentials: toner, moisturiser, and sunscreen.

Benefits of Pigmentation Removal (IPL Treatment)

IPL treatment can stimulate collagen production, giving your skin a healthy glow and bounce. Results can be seen within a few weeks, and it involves minimal downtime so your day-to-day activities aren’t disrupted. IPL treatment can be combined with other facial skin procedures (e.g., chemical peels) for a more holistic approach that effectively targets both the surface layer and deeper layers of your skin. It can also treat stubborn skin issues – visible capillaries, stubborn acne scarring and sun damage, just to name a few.

Still unsure about how you can benefit from pigmentation removal treatment ? Book a no-obligation consultation at one of our 5 outlets with our doctors.

How Much Does Pigmentation Removal Cost in Singapore?

The cost of pigmentation removal can vary wildly. In Singapore, pigmentation removal costs $200-$3,000. This cost is dependent on the number of sessions you need, how experienced your doctor is, and the type of equipment used.

Is Pigmentation Removal Suitable for me?

Pigmentation removal is suitable for people with: 

✔ All skin colours (especially fairer skin)

✔ Age spots, freckles, birthmarks etc.

Pigmentation removal may not be suitable for people with:

❌Excessively tanned skin

❌An active prescription of blood-thinning medications 

❌ Active cold sores at the time of treatment

❌ An active infection at the time of treatment 

❌ A disease stimulated by light (e.g., epilepsy)

❌ An impaired immune system due to medications or immunosuppressive diseases

Why Haach for Pigmentation Removal?

Haach’s doctors have received extensive overseas training for skin treatment procedures. Dr Xie Zi Wei, for example, underwent his skin laser surgery post graduate study in Skin Laser Center, Sirraj Hospital. Our doctors stay up to date with the latest techniques and am committed to meeting your needs. At Haach, we believe that everyone should have access to skin care services, and strive to embody that as much as possible.

FAQ

1. Can Pigmentation Removal Treat All Types of Pigmentation?

Pigmentation removal treatments, particularly IPL, utilize light energy to target various pigmentation issues like sun spots, freckles, and melasma. However, the effectiveness may vary, and a consultation with a specialist can determine the most suitable approach for specific pigmentation types.

2. Is Pigmentation Removal Treatment Painful?

While pigmentation removal treatments may sting, they aren’t painful per se. To give you an idea, most patients liken the sensation of their session to the gentle snapping of a rubber band.

3. How Many IPL Treatments Does it Take to Remove Pigmentation?

Depending on your skin type, how deep the pigmentation runs, and your commitment to the treatment schedule, you can expect to see significant improvements to your skin in 2-8 treatments. We recommend going for multiple sessions as each session builds on the results of the previous one for effects that last longer.

3. How Long Does Pigmentation Removal Last?

Pigmentation removal can last between 1-2 months: for the recommended frequency and number of treatments, kindly consult your doctor. After you’ve completed your treatment plan, we recommend a periodic maintenance treatment of once every 6-12 months.

4. How to Prevent Your Pigmentation From Worsening?

  • Always use sunscreen outdoors. Use sunscreen indoors, even on cloudy days.
  • Buy and apply sunscreen of SPF 30-50.
  • Said sunscreen should come with a “PA+++” or “broad-spectrum coverage for ultraviolet-A & B” label. 

5. Is IPL Treatment Good for Pigmentation Removal?

Yes, IPL treatment is good for pigmentation removal. As it’s more gentle than laser treatment, there is little to no downtime involved. Although there might be some redness, you can resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure.

6. Are There Any Precautions Before Undergoing Pigmentation Removal?

Before treatment, it’s crucial to avoid excessive sun exposure, as it can affect the skin’s sensitivity. Additionally, discontinuing specific medications, especially those that increase the risk of photosensitivity, might be advised. Consulting with a healthcare professional ensures personalised guidance based on individual health and circumstances.

7. What's the Downtime After a Pigmentation Removal Session?

IPL treatments typically have minimal downtime. While some individuals may experience temporary redness or mild irritation, it usually subsides quickly. Most people can resume their regular activities immediately after the session, making it a convenient treatment option.

8. Can Pigmentation Removal Help with Acne Scars?

Yes, pigmentation removal treatments, such as IPL, can contribute to improving the appearance of acne scars. By stimulating collagen production, these treatments help in smoothing out skin texture, reducing the visibility of scars over time.

9. Is Pigmentation Removal Safe for All Skin Types?

While pigmentation removal is generally safe, individuals with darker skin tones should exercise caution. Some treatments may carry a risk of post-peel color changes, especially in darker skin. It’s advisable to consult with a qualified practitioner to assess the suitability of specific treatments for different skin types.

10. Do you Need to Visit the Doctor for Pigmentation Removal Aftercare?

No, you don’t need to visit the doctor for pigmentation removal aftercare, it can be done at home. To alleviate any discomfort or swelling, we recommend that you use cold packs. Your doctor may also provide you with a post treatment balm to keep the area soothed.

11. Is Pigmentation Removal Permanent?

No, pigmentation removal is not permanent. One common mistake people make is falling back into old habits after completing their treatment courses, and not actively protecting their skin. For treatment effects to last longer, we recommend taking measures such as applying sunscreen of SPF 30-50, wearing hats or caps, and using UV-ray blocking umbrellas. Also, whenever possible, stay out of direct sunlight.

12. Are Lasers Suitable For Darker Skin Types?

Yes, lasers are suitable for darker skin types. Lasers such as Gentle YAG Pro-U and PiXel8-RF are able to penetrate deep into the skin, bypassing the pigmentation such that the skin’s surface layer isn’t damaged. Having said that, no matter what skin tone you have, there’s always a risk of post peel colour change involved.

13. Are There Subsidies for Pigmentation Removal?

Yes, you can get pigmentation removal at a subsidised rate from NSC (national skin centre) and Singhealth’s hospitals and clinics. However, you may find it difficult or lengthy to secure a slot as they are limited, and consultations with the doctors are typically by appointment only.

Our Team of Doctors at HAACH

dr xie ziwei

Dr Xie Ziwei of HAACH

Dr Xie is a licensed medical practitioner from US National Council of Laser Certification. His education in the medical field means he has a solid foundation, with him having three medical-related diplomas: Dermatology from Cardiff University, and Family Medicine and Occupational Medicine from the Graduate Division of National University of Singapore. Prior to joining Dr Haach, he was the Medical Director of various well-established medical clinics 

dr desmond tan

Dr Desmond Tan of HAACH

Dr Desmond Tan is among 21 doctors in the past 13 years to receive accreditation from the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine as a Board Certified Aesthetic Physician. A firm believer of safety and free will, he prioritises the interest of his patients over everything else. His other accreditations include: MBBS (Singapore), GDFM (Singapore), Board Certified Aesthetic Physician (AAAM).

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