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Pigmented Lesions/ Sun Spots

About Sunspots:

Brown spots result from the irregular production and deposition of melanin by melanocytes (pigment making cells) in the skin. Some lesions are present at birth (café au lait patches, Nevus of Ito, Nevus of Ota), but most occur with age or as a result of overexposure to the sun (age spots, freckles, lentigines). Although most pigmented lesions are harmless, they can detract from your skin’s natural beauty. Thanks to specialized technology, most of these lesions can be effectively faded with lasers.

Equipment we use:

The Astanza Duality & Trinity Q-switched laser creates a high-powered beam of light energy. When the beam of light hits your skin, the melanin is fractured into tiny pieces that are easily carried away by your immune system or peeled off from the skin surface. As a result, the brown pigment is removed.

Am I a candidate for this procedure?

The Q-switched laser is appropriate if you have a few isolated colored spots, large or small, that you would like to remove. We stress that this treatment is best for removing only a few spots.
The Q-switched laser is not appropriate for pregnant women or patients who have taken Accutane for the past six months. Persons with a history of cold sores or herpes simplex virus should not have this procedure until they are treated for these conditions.

What areas of the body can be treated?

Q- Switched lasers can treat pigmented lesions on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms and legs.

$10 / sunspot or pigments lesion

For removal of more than 50 spots, we will create a customized price for you.

Consultation:

Our technician will take a look at the areas you are concerned with and determine if you are an appropriate candidate for this procedure. She will let you know how to prepare and what to expect from the entire treatment. Lastly, she will go over the aftercare guidelines and make sure you understand the process and expectations.

Treatment:

The treatment is fairly quick, depending on how many spots we are treating it can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes. The sensation during the treatment has been compared to a snap of a thin rubber band. Most patients don’t require any topical anesthesia, though it can be used if requested.
When the skin absorbs the laser energy, it will turn gray or white for a few minutes. There will be bruising in areas where there is a lot of pigment. Over the next several days, shallow blisters or crusting may develop. The skin heals within 7-10 days, usually without wound care. The healed skin is initially pink but regains pigmentation and blends into the surrounding skin over time. Occasionally, if there is significant sun damage, the treated area may remain somewhat pink for two to four weeks, and there may be some flaking or peeling during this time. This is a normal process as the body removes the pigment from the skin. There may be some lightening or darkening of the treated area for several months after laser treatment. This is usually temporary and subtle.

Pre Treatment:

Avoid sun exposure and tanning before treatment. Remove any makeup or lotions before your appointment.

Post Treatment:

You can expect the spot we treated to turn a darker color and will crusts for a few days to 2 weeks (if on the legs, it may even be 3-4 weeks).  We recommend that you treat these with Aquafore or Vaseline and keep them covered with bandages until they are healed, as this speeds the healing. Although you can use makeup over the treated areas, they may be difficult to cover with makeup. Avoid any sun exposure and always wear sunscreen (even on cloudy days).

How many treatments will be necessary?

Some types of pigmentation will respond better than others. Superficial brown marks caused by age and sun can resolve with 1-2 treatments, while deeply pigmented birthmarks may require multiple treatments or may not disappear completely. Because there is a great deal of variability in the size, depth, and darkness of brown spots, and in a person’s natural ability to clear away pigment after laser treatment, it is not possible to predict results after a fixed number of treatments. If an additional treatment is required, it is best to wait at least 8 weeks between treatments so that the maximum fading can occur.

Am I a candidate for this procedure?

The Q-switched laser is appropriate if you have a few isolated colored spots, large or small, that you would like to remove. We stress that this treatment is best for removing only a few spots.
The Q-switched laser is not appropriate for pregnant women or patients who have taken Accutane for the past six months. Persons with a history of cold sores or herpes simplex virus should not have this procedure until they are treated for these conditions.

What areas of the body can be treated?

Q- Switched lasers can treat pigmented lesions on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs.

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