Age Spot / Pigmentation Removal
You have a tan, blue-gray, or brown skin mark or lesion that is caused by a deposit of pigmented cells (melanocytes) at various depths under the skin surface. Before the development of pigment-specific lasers, most pigmented skin lesions could be treated only with surgical excision, often leading to scar formation.
Our GentleMAX™ laser can now focus a green or red beam of light on the unwanted pigment in your sin and destroy it without damaging your normal skin.
The following factors should be considered in your decision to undergo laser treatment.
- Multiple laser treatments are usually necessary (especially for pigmented birthmarks, such as café-au-lait spots and nevi of Ota, which can require six or more laser treatments.)
- Treatments are usually scheduled at intervals of 6 to 8 weeks.
- The impact of the laser feels like a snap of a rubber band. Although most people find the sensation mildly uncomfortable without the need for any anesthesia, some patients with larger marks or those who are more sensitive may require an anesthetic cream or injection before treatment.
- Immediately after a treatment, swelling, bruising, or crusting and scabbing can occur, which can persist for 1 to 2 weeks.
- Fading of the treated lesion can continue for up to 6 months after a laser treatment in some instances.
- Existing laser research and clinical evidence indicate that laser surgery is safe; however, there is no guarantee that your condition can be completely treated by laser.
- Although the side effects of this procedure are minimal, a small risk of the following can occur:
- Skin texture change or scarring
- Dyspigmentation (skin lightening or darkening)
- Incomplete removal of pigmented lesion
- Allergic reaction to ointment or other contactant