1. What causes melasma and why is it difficult to get rid of?
It is a form of hyperpigmentation and hence, we know that it can develop as a result of prolonged overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Hyperpigmentation can generally refer to any kind of darkening or discolouration, which may also be caused by numerous factors such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
However, it differs from the usual hyperpigmentation because it can be brought on by hormonal influences. If you are pregnant, taking oral contraceptives or hormonal medication, or undergoing hormonal therapy, you will be more prone to developing this condition.
Additionally, if you have a darker colour type, you will also be more susceptible to it as you are naturally more active in producing pigments. It may also be triggered by genetics as it is not uncommon to see it run in the family. Unlike age spots and freckles, it tends to develop in larger and more obvious patches. Considering all these factors, it is indeed more difficult to cure than other types of darkening.
2. Why should I opt for melasma treatment in Singapore?
As it is influenced by elements and factors that are hard to control, using store-bought and over-the-counter products may be ineffective against eliminating it. Furthermore, it can be a major hassle to purchase and apply dozens of makeup products just to cover up the dark patches on your complexion. Having this condition may also prevent you from going bare-faced due to the unsightly and ‘dirty-looking’ dark patches.
To address and banish it for good, proper procedure is usually required to reach deeper into the layers. This is why our method might be a great option. Using non-invasive energy, the process is designed to break down dark pigmentation in your complexion and enable your body to discard it as waste. It is a safe, effective, and quick procedure that can solve this stubborn issues and enhance your overall radiance.
3. What can I expect during the treatment?
Firstly, you will meet with our qualified therapists for a discussion about your condition, the procedure, and the expected outcome. There will be simple pre-treatment preparation to prime you for the procedure. A numbing cream will be applied to your face to ensure that you do not experience any discomfort. During the procedure, the surface will come into contact with an applicator that will deliver non-invasive energy to your areas. Although you may feel a slightly heated sensation, the procedure will not cause any pain. Depending on the size and severity of your condition, the procedure can take up to 30 minutes. Factoring in pre- and post-treatment preparation, you can expect to set aside at least one hour for your full session.
4. Are there any side effects with melasma treatment in Singapore?
It is non-invasive and does not require any surgical tools or procedures. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that you will experience risks such as bleeding, scaring, or infections. The only point to note is that your face may appear pinkish for about 15 minutes after the procedure. The appearance is similar to how you might look like after undergoing a good facial scrub. You will be glad to know that there is typically no downtime after that, so you can return to your normal activities and routines without much fuss.
5. How soon can I begin to see results?
You can expect to see positive results in as early as two to three weeks following the procedure. With every session, you will continue to observe further improvements, such as lightened tone on your areas, as well as a clearer and brighter complexion. Depending on your desired outcome, you may need to undergo a few sessions to get the best results. The course of your sessions can be completed within several months, with a 30-day interval between each session.
6. Will the results last long?
Yes, the results can certainly last long as any dead pigmentation is unlikely to return once they have been discarded by the body. To aid in your progress, your therapist will provide you with aftercare instructions. You are advised to apply sunscreen regularly and limit your exposure to the sun. This is generally the best way to safeguard you from harmful UV rays and further pigmentation development.