LASER PIGMENTATION REMOVAL
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Pigmented lesions such as sunspots and freckles can be successfully removed, creating a more flawless, youthful and
Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained to confirm suitability. Before proceeding you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments will depend on the type and size of the pigmented lesion but typically 1 to 3 sessions are required at 4-to-6-week intervals.
How does the treatment work?
Light is released in short pulses that are readily absorbed by the high concentration of melanin found within pigmented lesions. The rapid absorption of light energy heats the melanin and causes the destruction of the melanin-rich cells.
How is the treatment carried out?
The light applicator is placed on the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The applicator is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated. With Q-Switched Laser treatments due to the power of the Laser energy
delivered into the skin, a small amount of pinpoint bleeding may occur during the treatment, and a dressing may be applied after the treatment to protect the skin while it heals. During treatment protective eye wear will be provided.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Most people are suitable for treatment except for very dark skinned or tanned individuals. However, large, dark, mottled or raised pigmentation cannot be treated and may need to be checked by a dermatologist. Large, dark moles should not be treated, nor should lesions covering a large part of the body. The pigmented marks
that respond the best are superficial lesions such as those caused by sun damage (sunspots) and freckles.
How does the treatment feel?
Most patients describe the discomfort as mild and tolerable and no anaesthesia is required.
What should I expect after the treatment?
The treated area may feel warm and sensitive for the first few days post treatment. The lesions may darken and may appear more obvious before they fade and ‘flake’ away. Sometimes an initial whitening of the area is seen which quickly fades and the pigment gradually fades over the following few weeks.
Are there any side effects?
The skin that surrounds the pigmented lesion may become red immediately after treatment. Most people experience no other side effects and the redness usually disappears within hours to a few days. Very rarely a small blister may form, or the skin may become temporarily lighter or darker.
How long does each treatment take?
The length of each treatment will depend on the type and size of lesion present, but a typical session will take 10 to 30 minutes.
DO’s & DONT’s x
Do shave 24 hours prior to your treatment. Shaving the same day as treatment leaves the skin more irritated and prone to a reaction.
Do inform your laser therapist of any change of medication since your last visit.
Do make sure fake or natural tan is not present on the day of treatment.
N.B. You will be charged or deducted a treatment if you have to be turned away.
Do not bleach or use depilatory creams for at least 2-3 weeks prior to your first treatment and stop using for the duration of the laser course.
Do not wax, pluck or thread at least one month prior to your treatment and stop for the duration of your course.
N.B. Laser or IPL treatment cannot go ahead if you have a natural tan, false tan or gradual tan of any description on the treatment area on the day of treatment.
DO’s & DONT’s x
Do Apply Aloe Vera gel to the treated area as it may be red or swollen. The redness can last from 2-3 hours to 2-3 days.
Do Wear a Physical Broad Spectrum UVA UVB SPF 30+ at all times.
Do not swim or do any strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours after the treatment.
Do not have a hot shower or bath (tepid water only).
Do not use a sauna, jacuzzi, or steam rooms for 24–48 hours after treatment.
Do not use perfumed products.
Do not rub the area and avoid tight fitted clothing to avoid any further irritation.
Do not use sun beds or sunrooms or expose the area to direct sunlight at all during your treatment.