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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.