How common is hypopigmentation after Q-switch 1064nm lasers? Without seeing the full picture, many people who have undergone laser treatments are succumbing to unnecessary panic due to misinformation about what lasers can and cannot do for their skins.
MYTH: All lasers cause hypopigmentation.
TRUTH: Only certain lasers cause hypopigmentation…
and usually when done with wrong power settings or in too frequent intervals (a few times a day). In Asian skins, the most common laser is Q-switched 1064nm laser when done frequently (daily or several times a day). In this study by Dr Wong Yisheng , three cases of hypopigmentation caused by Q-switched 1064nm lasers were recorded. In the first case, a 51 year old woman received over 50 sessions of Q-switched 1064nm laser over 6 months, sometimes she would have lasers a few times a day!
In the second case, a 58 year old lady received Q-switched ND:YAG laser weekly for 1 year! (that’s about 52 sessions in a year)
In the third case, a 58 year old lady received the same laser every 2 weeks for 2 years!
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MYTH: Any lighter patch of skin is hypopigmentation
TRUTH: it is normal for skin to have differing skin tones.
Only the left photo shows hypopigmented spots.
Angelina Jolie (right photo) on the other hand does not have hypopigmentation, merely uneven skin tone.
MYTH: Hypopigmentation is only caused by lasers!
TRUTH: Hypopigmentation caused by laser is rare…
despite what some may lead us to believe. The most common causes of hypopigmentation are: genetic causes, infection, burns, inflammation. Even steroid creams can cause hypopigmentation when used inappropriately.
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MYTH: All Laser Toning are the same!
TRUTH: The latest Pico Pigment laser is different from the traditional Q-switch Laser toning!
Most laser toning systems on the market still use the Q-switch systems that operate in nanoseconds. The latest Pico Pigment lasers are most innovative technological advancement where the lasers operate in picoseconds. What is a picosecond? A picosecond is equal to 10−12 or 1/1,000,000,000,000 of a second. That is one trillionth, or one millionth of one millionth of a second, or 0.000 000 000 001 seconds. Pico pigment lasers are more effective and associated with less risk of hypopigmentation than traditional laser toning systems.