PIGMENTED LESION REMOVAL


Just about everyone has a few obvious brown spots on their skin. Freckles, “age spots, “liver spots”, and various birthmarks are just a few of the commonly known marks, generally referred to as pigmented lesions. Although most brown spots are easily ignored, many are quite conspicuous and can detract from your skin’s natural beauty. Melanin is what gives our skin its color. Dark or light complexioned, we all have varying amounts of melanin. Pigmented lesions are dark in color simply because melanin is abnormally concentrated in one area of the skin. High concentrations of melanin can be due to various factors. Some types are present at birth, but most occur with age or as a result of overexposure to the sun’s damaging rays. Pigmented lesions can be successfully lightened or removed with modern laser technology. A laser removes pigmented lesions with the energy of light. A laser is designed to produce one or more specific light wavelength with are absorbed by the pigment. Pigmented lesions are either lightened or removed when the laser light passes through the skin and is absorbed by abnormal concentrations of melanin. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the melanin to destruct to a point where the melanin concentration is reduced, leaving the treated skin looking uniform in color and texture.

WHAT TYPES OF BROWN SPOTS OR PIGMENTED LESIONS WILL THE LASER REMOVE?

The laser is most commonly used for removing brown age spots, “liver spots”, freckles and many brown birthmarks. At your consultation we will identify your specific type of lesion and discuss the removal success rate associated with it.

WHY DOESN'T THE LASER REMOVE MY NORMAL SKIN PIGMENTATION ALSO?

The laser light was designed for its properties that selectively target dark concentrations of melanin. If after the abnormal concentrations of melanin was removed, and treatment continued on normal skin, some whitening could occur. However, your body’s natural regenerative system would replace the normal melanin after a period of time, returning the skin to its natural state.

IS THE PROCESS PAINFUL?

The laser emits light in very short flashes called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubberband. After the treatment, the area will feel similar to a slight sunburn. Typically, within a day or so, any discomfort disappears. The area may remain reddened for one to three weeks. After the redness clears, the skin is returned to its natural smooth coloring and texture.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED?

Dependent upon the body area treated, the color, coarseness and density of the hair and the degree of laser energy appropriate for the client's skin type, most clients reach their desired objective after four treatments. Treatments should be spaced six weeks apart.

WHAT ABOUT SCARRING OR SIDE EFFECTS?

Immediately following a treatment with the laser, clients experience a reddening and puffiness of the skin in the treated area. The sensation is similar to a mild sunburn. This effect disappears in a matter of hours to a day or so. In some persons, and most often those with darker or tanned skin, there is the possibility of hyperpigmentation, which is a dense clustering of pigmentation giving the appearance of freckles. In some instances, and specifically with darker skinned or tanned persons, there is the possibility of hypopigmentation, which is a loss of skin color, giving the appearance of white spots. Both of these conditions generally take months to disappear.

HOW MANY TREATMENT SEASSIONS WILL IT TAKE TO REMOVE THE PIGMENTED LESION?

At least 50% of all common pigmented lesions are removed with one treatment If a lesion covers a large area, it may be treated in several stages to avoid unnecessary discomfort.

CAN THE EXCESS PIGMENTATION COME BACK?

Common pigmented lesions do not return. Some birthmarks may return after a period of several months to a year. However, the procedure can be repeated with similar results.

WHAT TYPE OF POST-TREATMENT CARE IS NECESSARY?

A shower can be taken the next day, but avoid scrubbing the treated area. Since most common pigmented lesions are caused by exposure to ultraviolet sun rays, it is imperative that you avoid prolonged sun exposure during the healing process.

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