Skin Lightening- skin brightening programs

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
  • AnaestheticNumbing
  • Back to WorkImmediately
  • Cost$-$$

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?

Skin Lightening

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.

It is normal for skin of colour to have 2-4 shades.

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.

This natural mix can provide good outcome, safely.

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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