Skin Lightening At A Glance
- Best Results3-10 treatments
- Treatment Recovery0-1 days
- Procedure Time30-60 min
- Skin SpecialistDavin Lim, Clinical team
- Duration of ResultsMonths
- Back to WorkImmediately
Skin lightening- skin brightening programs
We now have the technology and experience to lighten and brighten all skin types, including ethnic and Asian skin. We use a combination of lasers including Fraxel, LaseMD & pico lasers. I often combine lasers with compounded creams for better results.
FactsFacts on skin lightening and brightening
- Our brightening and lighten programs consists of a combination of peels, lasers and unique creams
- Some forms of pigmentation can be lightened including age, ethnic, as well as hormonal related pigmentation
- Age spots, freckles, and sun spots are the easiest to treat
- Hormonal and pregnancy related pigmentation takes a few weeks before results are seen
- Skin lightening can also treat racial pigmentation- lasers creams and sunscreen can fade darker skin types
- Genetic or constitutional lightening is the hardest to treat
How do we lighten and brighten skin?
Bespoke treatments that are individualised for YOUR skin type gives the best results. I use a combination of prescription or compounded creams, hand picked medical grade products, peels, and lasers. We match each one to your skin condition, as well as your skin type (your ethnic skin colour).
I can also lighten your ethnic skin colour (a shade lighter), with the use of SPF, creams, and lasers.
Pregnancy and hormonal related pigmentation, most often due to melasma, can also be effectively treated.
What is fractional laser and how does it work?
Fraxel & LaseMD are our favourite laser for lightening and brightening skin for all ethnic skin types, including Caucasian and Ethnic skin. This laser is flexible as it can be customised to treat sun damage, pigmentation, sun-spots, wrinkles, and even scars.
Fraxel, LaseMD & Clear & Brilliant lasers are all forms of fractional laser resurfacing, meaning only parts of your skin’s surface is treated with laser. This means faster healing times, with the added benefit of safety.
What other lasers do we use to lighten and brighten skin?
Picosure laser can be used in paint brightening mode. This laser is the oldest pico laser on the market. I did use if from 2015 to 2019, however this first generation pico laser is now replaced with third generation devices. It works by breaking up pigment and decreasing pigment production. Treatments are quick, painless, most of all this laser has no downtime, meaning you can wear make up immediately after the procedure.
This laser is ideal for the treatment of ethnic skin types include sun & age induced pigmentation as well as hormonal pigmentation or melasma.
What special creams do we use to lighten skin?
We use a mixture of both compounded creams and several specialist range products that actually do work!
Depending on your skin type, we use a combination of vitamin A, B, Cs as well as bleaching agents such as kojic acid, arbutin, botanicals, soy & alpha hydroxy acids. Each patient is different, and we formulate a unique concentration for your skin based upon careful examination.
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Do I perform skin lightening injections?
No. The reason behind this is the short duration of action of glutathione. IV injections are required every 1-2 weeks. Recurrence is seen in all patients. This is the reason I do not perform skin lightening injections.
How can I treat dark circles?
This is one of the most requested treatments. Treatment follows an extremely complex algorithm as treatment will depend on the cause. In short I employ the use of lasers, chemical peels, skin care & dermal fillers to help improve skin pigmentation under the eyes.
Some forms of skin pigmentation, including post inflammatory, eczema, atopic dermatitis, & contact dermatitis are best managed by my medical colleagues. Constitutional or ethnic-race related pigmentation is the hardest to treat.
Can chemical peels help with dark spots and dots?
Yes. My Specialist Nurses can employ a range of chemical peels including AHAs, BHAs, and Vitamin A peels. Chemical peels have minimal or no downtime and can be tailored to your skin type.
Peels can also improve skin texture, and tone, as well as decrease fine wrinkles. (Wrinkle improvement is seen with a series of peels, usually over a few months).
Here are some of the peels we perform –
- AHA Glycolic Peels, Neostrata – Clinical Range (up to 70%)
- Lactic acid peels
- Vita Peels- High strength retinoic acid
- TCA- low strength
- Jessner Peels
- TCA CROSS- high strength (By Dr Davin Lim, Dermatologist)
Can pregnancy or the pill associated skin pigmentation be treated?
Yes, this is a special form of skin pigmentation called melasma. We can treat this condition with gentle lasers, creams, & peels including the Cosmelan & Dermamelan peel. Never treat melasma with IPL or Microneedling as this condition can worsen.
Our laser protocols have been developed by Dr Davin Lim, Specialist Dermatologist. We use a combination of high factor SPF, lightening creams, and Picosure laser to achieve the highest success rate possible. Melasma or hormonal pigmentation must be treated gently, or the condition may worsen.
How long will it take to lighten and brighten my skin?
This depends on the diagnosis. Freckles and sunspots take the least amount of time to fade, whilst racial or ethic pigmentation can take a few weeks before you notice results.
Conditions such as melasma may take up to 4 weeks before you see improvement, whilst age spots can be lightened within one session.
Can we treat Ethnic and Asian skin types safely?
Yes we can. We regularly see skin of colour and can safely and effectively lighten and brighten all skin types- including darker skin patients. We have unique settings on our Fraxel laser as well as pico & nano lasers to help improve skin colour, clarity and collagen.
Age spots, dark spots, as well as background pigmentation can be lightened with a combination of lasers and creams.
How much are treatments?
- Chemical peels start from $98
- Lasers from $179 to $1290
Laser treatments for brown spots and skin lightening are not covered by Medicare.
Why are we one of Brisbane’s most experienced laser centrers and what makes us different?
Skin lightening and brightening is a science of diagnosis and management.
Experience and equipment makes us unique. Dr Davin Lim has undertaken further laser training in Malaysia and Singapore, enabling him to confidently and successfully treat Ethnic and Asian skin types. He also lectures in these countries.
Davin’s viewpoint on skin lightening and brightening
Skin tightening, and brightening can be achieved with a variety of lasers, peels and products. Firstly, identifying the type of pigmentation is very important. Why? Because ideal lightening depends on the cause. Ethnic skin can be taken one ‘skin type’ or one shade back, meaning darker races can be lightened. The extremely high UV index in Brisbane means that even though treatments are effective, the use of a high SPF sunscreen is essential for maintenance.
Brightening skin due to hormonal or pregnancy related changes (called the mask of pregnancy or melasma) can be challenging. This is a special form of pigmentation and lightening must be gentle, or darkening can occur. Specialist formulated creams form the basis of treatment, along with a high factor sunscreen. This is a unique form of pigmentation that responds better to gentle Picosure laser treatments, than Fraxel laser.
Fraxel, LaseMD, Picoway & the Clear & Brilliant laser are my favourite lasers for sun damage, sun spots and freckles. In some cases I combine fractional lasers with IPL, in other patients I use Fraxel then follow this up with pico lasers. As with all treatments performed at Cutis Clinic, a tailored program gives the best results.
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