Our underarms should naturally be the same colour as the rest of our body. Any discrepancy, specifically darker underarms, is usually the result of excess pigmentation. Health conditions like diabetes and hypothyroidism, as well as an imbalance in hormones can lead to dark armpits. No surprise, certain medications such as corticosteroids and insulin could contribute to this pesky underarm problem too.
In Singapore, underarm whitening is treated by whitening laser treatments, all in which use laser energy to break down any dark pigmentation. These are non-invasive treatments that require little to no downtime.
Underarm whitening treatments in Singapore use devices and products that need to be handled skilfully under professionals. As the underarm has delicate skin, proper care and treatment is essential; it’s best to find someone who can find the best way to whiten your dark armpits.
Below are four aesthetic clinics and their respective doctors who have made a name for themselves as experts in underarm whitening in Singapore.
Dr Chua Cheng Yu
Dr Chua spearheaded the clinic Veritas Medical Aesthetics as the clinic's founder and medical director, with a post-graduate qualification from the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). Naming it after the goddess of truth in Roman mythology, Veritas is nothing but truthful and faithful to its customers. Dr Chua firmly believes in being honest with his patients, giving them only what they need and not just what they want. Truth, honesty and efficacy are three ideals he sees in his medical aesthetic clinic, Veritas.
To tell you the truth, Dr Chua is perfectly excellent at PERFECT Resurfacing, a technique that uses a combination of fractional laser treatments to deliver two different laser beams targeting only a fraction of the skin at a time. Imagine a photograph being altered pixel by pixel – that's exactly how precise the treatment is. Bit by bit it lightens the underarms, working on both the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin so that your skin is brightened all the way from its depths to its surface. With his expertise and objective judgement, Dr Chua customises the treatment based on the individual skin type and condition, tailoring the combination of lasers to only what is needed to best treat your underarm pigmentation.
Dr Lena Fan
Dr Lena Fan is an expert at underarm whitening, and she tells you why you need to get treatment for it in this article. She is Verita's clinical director with a background in family medicine, and dabbles with music as a former church pianist. Combining art with science is the magic behind how she deals with aesthetic treatments. Her patients can trust her to come up with a beautiful, aesthetic outcome backed by pure, hard science that is both safe and effective.
The Fotona V3 Redness Laser is one example of how science can be made beautiful. Under the artful execution by Dr Lena Fan, she gently makes use of the long-pulse laser with dual wavelengths to treat vascular lesions on both the superficial and deeper layers, making your skin brighter and clearer from the inside out.
Dr Lena Fan is a compassionate and empathetic doctor who will always be open to listening to your problems and attending to them in the most professional manner possible. You will always find what you need under her tender loving care.
Veritas Medical Aesthetics
Veritas Medical Aesthetics boasts a wide range of laser whitening treatments, for the underarms, nipples and private areas. But before that, Dr Chua and Dr Fan always carry out proper medical examinations to rule out dangerous or cancerous skin diseases. Besides the PERFECT lasers and Fotona laser, Veritas also has the Blend lasers, a selection of multiple lasers which effectively treats pigmentation with no downtime. PICO laser is commonly selected for since it breaks down pigmentation quickly.
Their staff are known to be warm, welcoming and loving. Verita's elegant and stylish clinic is conveniently situated at Capitol Singapore, the perfect place to shop and look for beautiful treatments no matter what your condition may be.
Dr Clarence Koh
Besides making a name for himself in treating men’s health services like erectile dysfunction, Dr Clarence Koh has also cut his teeth in underarm whitening. His experience in working in acute care settings in both private and public institutions has aided him well at effectively treating dark underarms. Dr Koh currently practices at I.Medical & I.Aesthetics, a healthcare brand that offers both aesthetic and GP services. With so many competing aesthetic clinic options in the market, I.Aesthetics differentiates itself with high technology treatments charged at affordable prices.
For dark underarm whitening, Dr Koh uses the Fotona Starwalker Pico Laser to specifically target and treat dark areas in the skin. Most clinics usually use a Q-Switched laser or regular Pico Laser for underarm whitening, so Dr Koh’s laser choice definitely helps him stand out in the market.
In a blog post, Dr Koh writes that one of the reasons why he prefers the Fotona Starwalker is because of the laser system’s ability to switch between Q-Switch Fractional Mode and Pico Laser mode. This enables him to target small sections of the at one time, which makes it an excellent method for targeted treatment. In addition, the Fotona Starwalker can address multiple skin and pigmentation issues at the same time, which helps Dr Koh tackle any underlying pigment that causes dark underarms.
If it’s of any interest to you, Dr Koh uses the Fotona Starwalker for his laser facial treatments too! Those who wish to give Dr Koh’s underarm whitening treatment a shot can try his Dark Underarm Whitening Trial, priced affordably at $99. Under this one-time trial, patients will experience what a typical session is like, including the use of the Fotona Starwalker laser.
I.Medical & I.Aesthetics Clinic
It’s almost impossible to miss out on I.Medical & I.Aesthetics at Northpoint City due to the clinic’s illuminating presence. Brightly lit, I.Medical & I.Aesthetics welcomes patients warmly regardless of your condition. When we paid the clinic a visit, the clinic was surprisingly well organised despite it offering both GP and aesthetic services within the same location.
Clinic website: https://www.imedicalaesthetics.com.sg
Address:1 Northpoint Drive, Northpoint City #B1-176 (South Wing), Singapore 768019
Opening hours:Mon-Fri: 11am-9pm, Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun: 11am-6pm
Contact number: +65 6254 3367
Dr Moses Ng
As the director of APAX Medical, Dr Moses Ng has worked with a gamut of patients, from children with eczema to teenagers with serious acne. His main clinical interests lie in acne treatments, acne scarring management, thread lifts, laser surgery and skin surgery. Needless to say, Dr Ng is highly sought after when it comes to pigmentation issues too. In this video, he explains the various hyperpigmentation disorders, contributing factors and treatment options available.
For APAX Medical’s Underarm Whitening Laser Treatment, Dr Ng will first identify and treat any underlying factors. For example, if you have atopic eczema, Dr Ng will prescribe moisturisers to help repair the skin barrier and prevent an eczema flare. To check if your skin type is suitable for the moisturisers, he may do a test spot on a small area of your skin.
Next, to help lighten pigmentation, Dr Ng will examine your area of pigmentation using a Wood’s lamp to determine the extent and depth of the affected area. Following which, topical lightening creams formulated by Dr Ng himself is prescribed. Finally, only when your underarm pigmentation does not respond to the aforementioned treatments will Dr Ng utilise laser treatment. For this, he uses a Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser System to effectively target deeper pigmentation within the skin. The procedure will take about six weeks.
This holistic approach clearly parlays Dr Ng’s belief that the best treatments are complemented with medical procedures and a healthy skincare regime.
As a revered skin care doctor, Dr Ng is highly sought for his knowledge by professionals too.
Situated at the other end of Singapore at Woodlands, APAX Medical is perfect for northies in Singapore who wish to do underarm whitening and other treatments without travelling too far out. The clinic adopts a frill-free approach without too much clutter and design going on. It’s also conveniently located at Junction 10 mall, so patients can easily grab a bite before or after treatment.
Clinic website: https://apaxmedical.com
Address: 1 Woodlands Road. #02-11. Singapore 677899
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-8.30pm
Contact number: +65 6769 6007
Dr Shirley Kwee
Formerly the go-to doctor at Raffles Medical, Dr Shirley Kwee is now resident aesthetic doctor at the prestigious Prive Clinic. Dr Kwee is fully accredited to perform a variety of aesthetic treatments and is equally trusted by her patients to deliver satisfactory results as well. Her goal in aesthetics is to help patients understand their beauty needs and enhance them in the most natural way possible. She believes that in order to look good, you have to feel good.
“Beauty has so many forms and the most beautiful thing is confidence and loving yourself,” shares Dr Kwee.
To tackle dark underarms, Dr Kwee employs the Revlite laser. This FDA-approved treatment helps lighten pigmentation and even out skin tones. As melanin is the main cause of pigmentation, the Revlite emits a low level heat to penetrate the skin, which is then absorbed by the melanin. The absorbed heat breaks melanin into smaller pieces and subsequently recognised by the body as waste.
Dr Kwee also has a solution for those who get dark underarms from shaving and plucking their armpit hair. Introducing the DEKA MOTUS Hair Removal Laser — this laser machine utilises alexandrite as a lasing medium, which is known to be extremely effective in hair removal. Apart from being totally painless, the DEKA MOTUS is also free from side effects like burning or discolouring, even in darker skin tones. Simply put, this new handpiece technology can achieve similar or better results as IPL but without the pain.
Patients who have tried this underarm whitening treatment with Dr Kwee have reported significant reduction after just one session and most experienced permanent loss after four sessions.
Prive Clinic exudes sophistication and class with its luxurious gold-painted walls, exquisite floor marbling and cosy treatment rooms. In fact, the clinic resembles more like a beauty spa than a clinic. We were given top notch reception when we paid the clinic a visit and were generously served hot tea as well! Getting to Prive Clinic wasn’t difficult too as it’s situated in the heart of Orchard Rd. Patients who don’t wish to travel to town can head to the second outlet at NEX.
Clinic website: https://www.priveclinic.com
Address: #03-03, 390 Orchard Road, Singapore 238871 (Palais Renaissance)
#02-28, 23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083 (NEX)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-9pm, Sat: 10am-7pm (Palaris Renaissance)
Mon-Sun: 10.30am-10.30pm (NEX)
Contact: +65 9848 2888 (Palais Renaissance)
+65 9171 3328 (NEX)