Almost everyone desires flawless skin with a lighter and even skin tone. Skin whitening treatments are offered to give you that radiant glow so that you feel rejuvenated and confident. These treatments are sought by both men and women alike.
Skin whitening treatment is ideal for sun damaged skin, uneven pigmentation, dark patches, sun spots or age spots.
A variety of treatment options for skin whitening exist. Your doctor will review your case and examine your skin carefully before recommending an ideal treatment.
Special topical creams and lotions may be prescribed. These contain ingredients that work on the outer layer of skin removing dead skin cells. However regular use of these products is recommended.
Chemical peels are a more potent form of treatment for skin whitening. It involves the careful application of certain acidic chemicals that cause the outer layer of dead and damaged skin to peel off and exposes the healthier skin below. This treatment can also improve fine lines, wrinkles and scars. Repeat sessions spread out over a few months may be necessary for ideal results. Chemical peels usually have long lasting results
Dermabrasion – This treatment involves the use of a special rapidly rotating wire brush which your doctor applies to the skin to remove damaged skin cells and even out the skin surface. Very good results are seen with just a single session.
Microdermabrasion – In this form of treatment, tiny crystals are sprayed over the skin surface to exfoliate the outermost damaged and pigmented skin layer which is removed with a suction pump. Multiple treatments may be necessary to produce the desired effect Laser treatments such as fractional CO2 are also effective for skin whitening. The laser makes tiny holes in the outer skin layer stimulating collagen production necessary for new and healthier skin.
Your doctor will also advise you on daily skin care and protection to safeguard the results of treatment.
Treatment for acne scars and pimples (Under Face Section)
Scars left behind on the skin after the acne has healed is called post acne scarring.
Post acne scarring occurs when the skin is damaged by the acne and the body responds by producing either too much tissue (hypertrophic scar or keloid) or too little tissue (atrophic scar).
Scarring from mild and moderate forms of acne is usually not permanent. However, picking and squeezing acne can increase the risk of scarring. Severe forms of acne which are usually painful cysts filled with pus tend to leave permanent scars.
Scars can be of the following forms:
- Having a gradual depression (rolling scars)
- Deep and narrow (ice pick)
- Depression with a sharp border (boxcar)
- Thickened and inflamed (hypertrophic or colloidal)
- Dark pigmentation (not true scarring; slowly heals without treatment)
- Pink or red regions (not true scarring; slowly heals without treatment)
There is no best way to clear up scarring caused by acne. There are several dermatological procedures that help minimize scars. One Skin Clinic can help you choose the best procedure suitable for your skin type and condition.
Some of the treatment procedures that your doctor may choose include:
- Soft tissue fillers: injecting collagen/fat under the skin to stretch out or fill in the skin; thereby lightening the scars
- Dermabrasion: peeling away the top most skin layer using a rapidly rotating wire brush
- Chemical peels: peeling away the top most skin layer using a chemical
- Laser beam: destroying the outer most skin layer using a high energy light source, and encouraging growth of new skin
- Microdermabrasion (newer acne scar treatment): abrading or polishing the skin’s surface with tiny crystals and removing the loosened skin cells
- Skin surgery (punch excision): removing individual scars through a minor surgical procedure and using stitches or skin graft to repair the excised area
- Broadband Light (BBL): reducing oil glands and minimising pores using a blue filtered light