Laser Age Spot Removal
If you have some sort of skin discoloration, you’re not alone. In fact, facial brown spots and discoloration are the top reasons for cosmetic visits.
Pigmented lesions are a result of pigmentation which is the color in your skin produced by melanin, a natural pigment that also determines eye and hair color. However, if too much melanin is produced in one area, the result is a brown patch on your skin. Too much melanin can result from:
- Sun exposure
- Heredity or congenital factors
- Age Spots or “Liver” Spots: Smaller darkened patches usually on older adults who have been exposed to the sun for many years. These spots can be seen on the face, forearms and backs of hands.
- Post-inflammatory Hyper-Pigmentation: This type of hyper-pigmentation results from any inflammatory injury or trauma to the skin. For example, acne often leaves dark discoloration after a blemish heals. Rashes like psoriasis and eczema often darken the skin as well.
Before & After
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Our lasers deliver precise amounts of energy to effectively treat unwanted pigment and improve sun-damaged skin. The laser handpiece is placed over the skin where the brown spot or other pigmentation sits and a bright flash of light is released. This light is absorbed by the pigment in sunspots and the blood in visible vessels, and converted to heat. The heat damages the cells that created the pigment and shrinks the vessels.
Treatments are very well tolerated. Many clients describe the treatment as a ‘warm sensation’ or the snap of a rubber band.
The procedure typically takes less than 20 minutes to perform depending on the size of the area or number of pigmented lesions being treated.
Often you will see great results after the first treatment session but 2-3 sessions may be required for optimal outcomes.
You will need to avoid the sun, tanning beds and self-tanning creams and lotions prior to treatment. There may be some medications that you will need to avoid and your physician will cover these during your consultation.
Some patients experience a mild sunburn sensation for a short time after the procedure. We may apply some ice immediately following your treatment to help minimize this.
The pigmented lesions will darken over the next few days. The area will look a bit “dirty” or dark for about a week. Over this time, the treated skin will slough off, revealing fresh new skin.
Typically, you can resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment. Makeup can be applied to the treated area immediately, if necessary.
It is extremely important to apply a moisturizer with SPF30 sun block and avoid sun exposure on a daily basis to prevent additional sun damage.
Our laser specialists can give you a consultation and talk with you about your skin type to confirm if you would be a good candidate for this treatment.
Laser pigment clearance can be performed on the face and chest, as well as on the hands, arms and legs.
This will often depend on the pigmented lesion you have. For some brown spots, only a single treatment is needed, for others, a series of treatments may be recommended. Often you will see improvements within a couple weeks, with further improvements in subsequent treatments until you have achieved the overall improvement you desire.