We remove spots on the skin, sunspots and lentigines. Pigmented injuries...
Laser treatments can eliminate imperfections caused by a variety of benign pigmented injuries. You can find answers to frequently asked questions from patients below.
How does the laser treatment work?
The selective absorption of laser light pulses by the melanin contained in the cells of the skin causes said cells to spread and degenerate while significantly decreases the potential damage of the surrounding tissue. The immune or lymphatic system then eliminates the dead cells from the skin.
Does the treatment have any side effects?
In general, treatments are gentle and mild, causing a slight discomfort with minimal side effects.
How many treatments do I need?
The number of required treatment sessions depends on different factors such as the depth and size of the injury. However, most people with skin injuries need five to six treatment sessions and they start to see results after one or two sessions.
Is there any recovery time needed between each treatment session?
Although treatment sessions are scheduled with 4-6 weeks of difference between them, there is no need of resting or a recovering time after any of them. You can return to normal activity immediately.
Am I a candidate for the treatment of pigmented injuries?
They usually are found on the face, shoulders and other parts of the body exposed. Pigmented benign injuries include everything: blue/purple, black or discoloured spots to freckles and sun-damaged skin. If you have any of these benign conditions, then you are a candidate for the treatment.
Removing lentigines and sunspots
With excessive sun exposure and as time goes by, dark spots in the skin are more prone to appear, especially in the most exposed areas like the face, neck, or the back of the hands. It is currently possible to fully eliminate them easily and safely, using advanced laser techniques. In our office, we use the Q-Switch Nd-YAG Laser and the Alexandrite Laser by CYNOSURE.
The treatment is fast and almost painless, and it does not require any anaesthesia or cream –contrary to what happens sometimes in the treatment of tattoos.
It can be done at any time of year and it only requires applying sunscreen for a few weeks after the treatment to prevent the darkening of the treated area. With time it clarifies and can spontaneously disappear.
Spots that can be removed with the Q-SWITCH laser:
The easiest injuries to eliminate are age spots (Lentigines) and sunspots (Ephelides or Freckles), which are usually found in sun-exposed areas.
It is also highly useful for seborrheic keratoses and lip spots, as well as those in the genitals.
All of them have little difficulty to work with and it usually require from 1 to 2 sessions to be completely eliminated.
Immediately after treatment, the spot turns white and it then darkens within minutes and swells moderately. In a few hours it turns into a thin dark scab that spontaneously detaches in 10 to 15 days.
Regenerative creams should be applied several times a day as they incorporate a high UV factor.
In order to prevent damages, never scratch the scab or try to detach it.
It is advisable to use a sunscreen at least for 2 to 3 weeks after the treatment as well as not to expose to UVA booths for a few weeks.
Another type of injuries or spots
There are other spots –some congenital and others acquired– which can also be effectively treated with the Q-SWITCH Laser. Depending on the depth into the skin of these spots, the results can vary and, in general, they may require a greater number of sessions, as it happens with tattoos.
Brown/dun spots: they can reappear within a few weeks after their complete clearance. However, a new treatment will result in their complete elimination.
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Practical cases removing skin spots