Skin Lightening

The variations in skin colour and tone is as diverse as the human race itself. Skin colour in humans range from pale white to a deep brown, or as often put, from a porcelain to an espresso. The colour of your skin is not just about the melanin, it speaks volumes about the evolutionary, genetic and historical significance that it holds. What we must understand is that skin pigmentation in humans evolved by the process of natural selection. People in the tropical regions have darker shades to protect them from the ultraviolet rays that they are exposed to as compared to anywhere else on the planet. This precisely being the reason why darker shades are more prominent in Africa and Asia. However, discrimination due to colour or colourism always existed, even to this date. While some sought skin lightening treatments for a boost of self-confidence, others seek the same due to skin related changes or disorders. These factors led to the demand for skin lightening or skin whitening treatments across the globe, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Individuals with various skin disorders/pigmentations often sought treatments to lighten and tone down the skin. Skin lightening can be achieved by the use of products such as creams, chemical peels, surgery, laser treatments, oral medications and many more. At Tamira, we give utmost importance to the quality of treatment and the safety of the patients. We offer a range of skin lightening procedures and treatments that align with the patient’s need.

Why would you need skin lightening treatments?

With aging and exposure to sunlight and pollution, the natural glow, texture and smoothness of your skin sees a sharp depletion with every passing year. Skin lightening treatments have become a need to many men and women to be able to maintain and restore the glow and suppleness. In addition to this, various pigmentation disorders such as hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, albinism, vitiligo, birthmarks, hemangiomas, skin lesions, hormonal imbalance and others are reasons why skin lightening treatments are sought after.

What does a skin lightening treatment aim at?

Skin lightening or skin whitening treatments mainly aim at reducing dark spots on the skin that have resulted from the accumulation of melanin in certain parts of the body. This could be due to birthmarks, patches, tan, scars, acne and other conditions. With the help of skin lightening treatments that range from products such as creams, oral supplements, chemical peels, laser treatment and others, one could see a remarkable difference. These treatments primarily aim at providing the patients with an even skin tone that is more luminous and sharp.

What is a skin lightening surgery?

Skin lightning surgery is the same as skin lightening treatments – it refers to the procedures that aim at reducing pigmentation and uneven skin tone by lowering the melanin concentration or by extensive exfoliation of the top layers of the skin.

How to know if you are in need of a skin lightening treatment?

If you have a low level of confidence due to aging, spotting of the skin and or if alternate and natural remedies have not helped you.  Or if you are facing skin related disorders with symptoms such as the below, you could opt for the right skin lightening treatment.

  • Dark spots on only some parts of the body
  • Uneven pigmentation / patches on the face
  • Wrinkles
  • Acne spots
  • Large skin rashes
  • Hardened or discoloured regions
  • Damage such as blood spots due to exposure to the sun
  • Vitiligo
  • Birthmarks that hinder your confidence

Are skin lightening treatments effective?

Skin lightening treatments are considerably safe and effective as compared to other skin treatments. Most skin lightening treatments have a lasting effect for up to 6 months. Some treatments such as the laser treatments do stay longer.

Should you worry about the after effects of a skin lightening treatment?

Most skin lightening procedures or treatment could leave the patient with redness, swelling and irritation that could last for a few days. But otherwise, most skin lightening treatments are safe to a great extent. However, individuals with health disorders like heart diseases, hypertension and others are best advised to avoid the procedures or must undertake them only after proper guidance from medical practitioners.

Are skin lightening treatments permanent?

Most skin lightening treatments such as chemical peels, injections or supplements are not a permanent solution. However, laser skin lightening solutions do give a longer lasting result.

What are skin lightening products?

Skin lightening products are mainly creams that aim at reducing pigmentation, spots and acne scars. They could be known by other names such as whitening or bleaching creams, whiteners or brighteners. Though skin lightening creams are available as over-the-counter products in pharmacies and shops, it is best to use one only after discussing with a care provider.

Are skin lightening creams safe?

Not all skin lightening creams are safe to use. One could face adverse reactions to skin whitening creams such as rashes, excessive hair growth, redness, irritation and swelling. It is always advised to seek the help of a professional in choosing the right whitening cream for your skin type. Medically prescribed skin lightening creams have a very minimal amount of chemical ingredients which would be the safest option to achieve your desired results.

Is skin lightening treatment in India common?

Skin hyperpigmentation has a high prevalence among Indians mainly due to the harsh exposure to ultraviolet rays. Indians have the problems of under eye skin discolouration, melasma, acne and other issues which are very common. Moreover, the society’s obsession on glowing and light skin has made it the market for skin lightening products. The demand for skin lightening treatments are also going upwards especially among the upper class and urban population.

What is a skin lightening laser treatment?

Skin lightening laser treatment is a gentle and non-surgical way of skin lightening using the technique of high energy light or laser technology. The process removes damaged and dead cells and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin by heating the dermis and penetrating into the dermal layers. Laser technology emits stronger rays and may require a topical gel to minimize discomfort. It results in lighter, brighter, tighter, smoother skin which enhances a youthful appearance. The procedure typically takes 1 to 2 hours to perform depending on the region and you might have to come for repeat sessions as advised by the cosmetologist. One can resume daily activities immediately with very minimal post procedural care. Laser treatment stimulates natural healing and repair and hence it may take a few weeks to show its full effects.

How much does a laser skin lightening treatment cost in India?

In India, the cost of skin lightening treatments ranges from INR 2,000 to 6,000 for peels and anywhere between INR 4,000 to 10,000 for other skin lightening procedures. Laser skin lightening treatments cost varies between INR 30,000 to 50,000 depending on the city you are in and depending on whether you are on follow up visits. 

What are the skin lightening supplements?

Skin lightening supplements are mainly oral supplements that aim at reducing hyperpigmentation of the skin. Vitamin C, vitamin B12 and vitamin E are the best known and common oral supplements. Oral supplements help brighten and lighten complexion from within and are a combination of different vitamins and other antioxidants. Supplements are prescribed on a cyclic basis and it may take a full cycle to show visible effects. They also aid in improving skin/hair texture and reduce acne scars and spots. Oral supplements result in clear, bright, smooth, light, even-toned and glowing skin. This treatment is effective only if it is consistently followed as prescribed by the medical professional.

With the proven benefits of vitamin C in skin lightening treatments, apart from used as a pill, it is also available in the form of gel, creams and injections.

What are skin lightening peels?

Peels or Chemical Peels is a skin lightening technique attained by using chemical solutions that remove discolouration and scars of the skin. This procedure often aims at removing the top most layer of the dermis using glycolic, salicylic, lactic acid and other solutions. At Tamira, we focus on Cosmelan Peel, Dermamelan Peel, Superficial Chemical Peel, Medium Depth Peel and Yellow Peel. Most of these peels work on removing dead cells and providing a clear and luminous skin. Patients would have to follow post-procedural care to get long lasting results.

What are skin lightening injections?

Apart from vitamins being taken as oral supplements, they could also be administered as injections for better results. Injections are usually comprised of a combination of vitamin C and other antioxidants. This treatment is administered intravenously and it may take a while to show visible effects. They also aid in improving skin/hair texture and reduce acne scars and spots.

What is the best skin lightening treatment?

When it comes to skin lightening treatments, the results are dependent on various factors such as the extent of discolouration or pigmentation, age, pre-existing health conditions and others. To call out a single treatment option as the best would not be possible when it comes to skin lightening treatments. Every procedure comes with its own pros and cons and it is best advisable to get a good understanding of the procedure that would suit your need. A cosmetologist could provide a fact and result based approach depending on your skin lightening needs and health condition.

How to find skin lightening doctors near you?

You will need a qualified health care professional like a dermatologist or cosmetologist to help you with a skin lightening treatment. You could get in touch with these doctors through hospitals or skin care clinics in your locality. At Tamira, we undertake all types of skin lightening procedures and you will be assisted by qualified cosmetologists and professional staff during and after your treatment.

What makes the skin lightening treatment at Tamira stay ahead of the rest?

At Tamira, we offer you with end to end assistance in your treatment which would begin with your consultation with highly qualified cosmetologists, selection of the right procedure, treatment plans and post procedural care. We respect every individual’s choice of having cosmetic/aesthetic related procedures and stand by our value of being honest and committed in our care.

Our skin lightening treatments aim at addressing your skin related issues such as pigmentation, tan, wrinkles, discolouration, hard patches and other conditions. We adhere to the safest treatment protocol which involves assessing your skin’s reaction to peels, lasers and supplements before getting into the complete procedure. After completion of every procedure we also put the individual through a home care skin care routine and treatment. In order to prevent re-tanning or Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) we recommend lesser invasive treatments such as the Controlled Depth Peels, Superficial Peels and Medium Depth Peel. We also have skin lightening cream and laser programs and advice all our patients to consult a qualified cosmetologist or a plastic surgeon specialized in aesthetic treatments to choose the right option for you.

At Tamira, we offer a variety of treatments and curated regimes that aid in brightening the skin. Book Doctor Appointment for skin lightening treatment.

Cosmelan peel

The cosmelan peel is a concentrated de-pigmenting treatment. It is a two-step process – a mask and a spot treatment. The mask is applied by an aesthetician and has a leave-on time of 6 to 10 hr. This is then followed up with the spot treatment at the comfort of your home. This treatment effectively reduces pigmentation – resulting in even-toned, brighter and glowing skin with long-lasting effects.

The cosmelan peel may cause redness, tenderness and irritation which subside under a week. No makeup prior-treatment or post-treatment. No swimming to avoid infections. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. There is no downtime.

 

Dermamelan peel

The dermamelan peel is a saturated de-pigmenting treatment. It involves 5 steps – a mask, cleanser, toner, spot cream and moisturizer. The mask is applied by an aesthetician and has a leave-on time of 8 to 12 hr. This is then followed up with the skincare regime at the comfort of your home. This treatment effectively reduces pigmentation – resulting in even-toned, brighter and glowing skin with long-lasting effects.

The dermamelan peel may cause redness, tenderness and irritation which subside under a week. No makeup prior-treatment or post-treatment. No swimming to avoid infections. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. There is no downtime.

Superficial peel

A superficial peel is a chemical peel treatment that reduces uneven skin tone, skin texture, acne scars and spots. It essentially comprises of AHA or BHA which effectively exfoliates the epidermal or superficial layer of the skin. This treatment results in even-toned, smooth, bright and glowing skin.

A chemical peel may cause redness, tenderness and irritation. No makeup or products with acids (AHA/BHA/PHA) except humectants prior-treatment or post-treatment. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. There is no downtime and the procedure is typically performed within 1 to 2 hr.

Medium depth peel

Medium depth peel is a treatment that reduces uneven skin tone, skin texture, acne scars and spots. It essentially comprises of TCA which effectively exfoliates the deeper layers of the skin. This treatment results in even-toned, smooth, bright and glowing skin.

A chemical peel may cause redness, tenderness and irritation. No makeup or products with acids (AHA/BHA/PHA) except humectants prior-treatment or post-treatment. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. There is no downtime and the procedure is generally performed within 1 to 2 hr.

Yellow peel

The yellow peel is a chemical peel comprising of a combination of different acids. It is effective in brightening and lightening the complexion. The peel is applied by an aesthetician and has a leave on time for up to 12 hr (washed 2 hr post-completion). The yellow peel reduces dullness, acne scars and spots. Multiple layers may be required depending on desired results. This treatment reveals bright, light, even-toned, smooth, rejuvenated and glowing skin.

A chemical peel may cause redness, tenderness and irritation. No makeup or chemical products with AHA/ BHA/ fats/ retinoids prior-treatment or post-treatment. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. There is no downtime.

Clear lift

Clearlift is a non-surgical skin lightening and tightening procedure that uses the technique of lasers or intense pulsing lasers. This process works by heating the skin which stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. It has the option to penetrate deeper into the dermal layers. It can also be used in combination with radiofrequency for better results. Laser technology emits stronger rays and may require a topical gel to minimize discomfort. Clearlift results in lighter, brighter, tighter, smoother skin which enhances a youthful appearance.

The procedure typically takes 1 to 2 hours to perform depending on the region. There is no downtime involved and one can resume daily activities immediately. Post-procedural effects may include mild redness, irritation and tenderness. There may be some immediate visible effects, however, since it stimulates natural healing and repair it may take a few weeks to show its full effects.

Oral supplements

Oral supplements help brighten and lighten complexion from within. They are usually comprised of a combination of different vitamins and other antioxidants. Supplements are prescribed on a cyclic basis and it may take a full cycle to show visible effects. They also aid in improving skin/hair texture and reduce acne scars and spots. Oral supplements result in clear, bright, smooth, light, even-toned and glowing skin. This treatment is effective only if it is consistently followed as prescribed by the medical professional.

Injectables (vitamin C/antioxidants)

Vitamin injections help brighten and lighten complexion from within. They are usually comprised of a combination of vitamin C and other antioxidants. This treatment is administered intravenously and it may take a while to show visible effects. They also aid in improving skin/hair texture and reduce acne scars and spots. Oral supplements result in clear, bright, smooth, light, even-toned and glowing skin. There is no downtime.

Microneedling

Microneedling is a new technique that is found to be very effective in repairing and rejuvenating the skin. The procedure involves using a derma roller (a facial roller with microneedles) in particular movements to stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen has been known to have skin-repairing properties. This treatment reduces the appearance of large pores, acne scars, fine lines and to an extent, signs of ageing. Microneedling results in bright, light, smooth, plump and glowing skin. This procedure is painless and has the additional benefits of increased circulation to the face.

This procedure may cause redness, tenderness and irritation. Avoiding sun exposure is advisable and using sun protection of 30+ SPF is recommended. No makeup is to be worn prior-treatment or post-treatment. There is no downtime.

ZO skincare program

The ZO skincare program is a medical-grade skincare regime. It is an all-inclusive 3 step process (cleanse, exfoliate & tone) using the Z Obagi product line. This regime reduces acne scars, spots, uneven skin tone and texture. It also aids to rejuvenate, brighten, lighten and maintain skin complexion.

Tamira skincare program

The Tamira skin care program is an individually curated skincare regime. It comprises of a combination of different dermatologist-approved products. This skincare program targets specific concerns and reduces further damage to the skin. Tamira skincare program rejuvenates, brightens, lightens and maintains skin complexion.

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