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Axillary Whitening—Laser Whitening, Chemical Peel Treatment for Axillary Hyperpigmentation

underarm whitening

Underarm hyperpigmentation is a common phenomenon that both men and women may experience. This condition can result in noticeably darker underarm skin and may be a source of concern for some individuals. Underarm whitening treatment is a common medical cosmetic procedure.

Common causes of underarm hyperpigmentation:

1. Genetics: A genetic predisposition can play a role in the natural pigmentation of the underarms, with some individuals being born with darker pigmentation.

2. Shaving and frequent irritation: Shaving or frequent friction can also lead to darkening.

3. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): This hormonal imbalance can cause the underarms to darken.

4. Allergic contact dermatitis: Rashes or irritation caused by allergens can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, such as from long-term use of fragranced products or deodorants.

5. Acanthosis Nigricans: A condition where an increase in melanin cells leads to darkened skin.

6. Hormonal imbalance: Changes in hormone levels can affect skin tone.

Treatment options for underarm darkening:

Lifestyle changes:

Making simple changes, such as reducing the use of deodorants or fragranced products and avoiding frequent shaving, can help reduce darkening over time.

Hong Kong LM SKINCENTRE offers underarm whitening treatments to help restore the brightness of your delicate underarm skin. We use Q-Switched 1064 laser, chemical peels, and tranexamic acid to provide appropriate treatments for different skin types.

Q-Switched 1064 Laser Treatment:

This laser treatment effectively targets melanin accumulation, reducing hyperpigmentation through high-intensity light pulses. Each session lasts about 30 minutes, and treatments are typically repeated monthly until the desired results are achieved.

Benefits of Q-Switched 1064 Laser Treatment:

– Quick and effective improvement in skin appearance.

– Visible results after a few sessions.

– Generally safe with minimal side effects.

Chemical Peels:

Applying a chemical solution to remove the outermost layer of skin can help rejuvenate the skin and reduce pigmentation. These treatments are quick, typically taking 5-10 minutes, and can be repeated every 4-6 weeks as needed.

We also use a combination of tranexamic acid and Q-Switched 1064 laser for more noticeable effects.

Considerations and Contraindications:

– Patient evaluation: Assessing potential hormonal imbalances is crucial, as these can impact the effectiveness and long-term success of the treatment.

– Contraindications: Laser and other treatments should be avoided in cases of active skin infections, cancer, pregnancy, and other specified medical conditions.

Post-treatment care:

After laser treatment, the treated skin may experience mild redness or peeling. Proper care, including the use of soothing creams, can help manage any discomfort.

Side effects:

Possible temporary side effects include mild burning or itching sensations. Long-term side effects might include hypopigmentation or, less commonly, scarring.

While results may vary, most people will see gradual lightening after a few treatment sessions. Completing the full series of treatments and adhering to care guidelines is crucial for optimal results.

Understanding the risks:

As with any cosmetic treatment, there is a risk of permanent pigmentation changes and scarring if not performed correctly. It is essential to choose an experienced and qualified physician to conduct these procedures. If you would like more information, please contact us.