Treatment of Pigmentation on Asian Skin
Common pigmentation for Asians and skin of colour include P.I.H., melasma and pigmentation resulting from sun exposure. Darker skin types are universally susceptible to P.I.H. from skin treatments (the wrong laser, I.P.L., or chemical peel). It also occurs due to skin inflammation, such as pimples, burns, or trauma. Because of their propensity for P.I.H. or rebound inflammation, Asian skin treatment requires an entirely different approach to the laser. Lower power, more treatments, and specialised lasers are needed.
Best Laser for Treatment of Asian Skin.
- The best laser for Asian skin and ‘skin with colour’ is q-switched nanosecond or pico lasers. Pico lasers safely treat pigmentation in darker skin types and provide treatment for reduced pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, and general improvement through a unique (no downtime ) laser facial.
- Tixel – the newest fractional resurfacing treatment, is safe for Asian and all skin types. It is beneficial for treating right up around the eye, over lids and all delicate skin areas.
- R.F. (radiofrequency) skin needling, such as Infini and Secret R.F., is safe to use. These can be used for acne, scarring, general skin improvement or skin tightening.
- Though I.P.L. can be used safely on skin type 3 and common skin type 4 for rosacea, extreme care must be exercised as the heating accompanying I.P.L. can cause P.I.H. In addition, skin type 3 can also receive fractionated CO2, once again depending on the ethnic background. BBL is the best option for Asian skin.
- Fraxel laser is also suitable for Asian skin treatment. Radiofrequency with skin needling has lower downtime and more collagen-stimulating power. Pico-lasers target pigment without thermal heating, making them the best lasers for melasma, reducing enlarged pores, fine lines, and wrinkles.
BBL for Asian Skin
BBL is approved for most skin types; however, laser therapists must exercise extreme care when treating Asian skin or skin with colour. In addition, BBL for Asian skin requires adjusting the settings to avoid hyperpigmentation and hypo-pigmentation.
- More treatments will be required when using BBL for Asian skin
- Advised to use skin lightening for six weeks before BBL
- Hydroquinone and Glisodin are recommended two weeks before treating Asian skin with BBL
Skin Care for Asian Skin & Skin of Colour.
Skin Care for darker skin types includes vitamins A, B & C for fair-skinned people. However, there is an increased use of skin-lightening or bleaching creams. These are often used for laser treatment because they allow safer applications. We also provide a range of skin treatments that suit the skin colour. This includes skin needling, chemical peels, HIFU, and cosmetic injectables such as masseter injections for jaw slimming, antiwrinkle injections, dermal fillers and thread treatments with our Doctors.
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