Pigmented lesions and age spots

Just about everyone has a few obvious brown spots on their skin. Freckles, "age spots", "liver spots", and various birth marks are just a few of the commonly known marks, generally referred to as pigmented lesions. Although most brown spots are easily ignored, many are quite conspicuous and can detract from your skin's natural beauty.

Before and after Pigmented Lesion treatments

Melanin is what gives your skin its colour. Dark or light complexioned we all have varying amounts of melanin. Pigmented lesions are dark in colour simply because melanin is abnormally concentrated in one area of the skin. High concentrations of melanin can be due to various factors. Some types are present at birth, but most occur with age or as a result of overexposure to the sun's damaging rays.

Pigmented lesions can be successfully lightened or removed with modern laser technology. A laser removes pigmented lesions with the energy of light. A laser is designed to produce one or more specific light wavelengths which are absorbed by the pigment. Pigmented lesions are either lightened or removed when laser light passes through the skin but is absorbed by abnormal concentrations of melanin. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the melanin to destruct to a point where the melanin concentration is reduced, leaving the treated skin looking uniform in colour and texture.

How does Advanced Fluorescent Technology work?
Advanced Fluorescent Technology systems release precisely controlled strong pulses of filtered light that are absorbed by the melanin in freckles, sun spots or liver spots. The pigmented area absorbs the light and is heated, and is revived by skin renewal. FoIlowing treatment, the pigmented area turns darker and may crust. Over the following weeks the pigmented area will gradually flake away from the skin leaving little trace of the original mark.

How is the treatment carried out?
The skin is thoroughly cleansed, and then a mild, relaxing skin peel is applied. The peel removes the top layers of dead skin, leaving the skin feeling soother and refreshed.
You will be asked to put on goggles to protect your eyes.

A layer of chilled gel is applied to the area to guide the light into the skin. The light applicator is placed onto 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. The chilled gel is removed and the area moisturised.

Am I suitable for treatment?
Yes, almost everyone can be treated, apart from very dark skinned or tanned individuals. However, not all pigmented lesions can be treated. 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 (sun spots) and freckles.

How does the treatment feel?
Most patients describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable. No anaesthesia is required. Sensations vary but most describe it as a very short hot pin prick.

What should I expect after the treatment?
Redness and a slight warming sensation are normal after treatment. A cooling pack will be applied to the skin to ease these symptoms. The lesions will darken after treatment and may appear more obvious at first, but gradually the marks will 'flake' away. Continued sun exposure may result in recurrence of the original mark and sunscreen should be used to prevent this happening.

Are there any side effects?
In some patients, skin becomes quite sore Immediately after treatment. However, most patients experience no side effects and the redness usually disappears within hours to a few days.

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 15 to 30 minutes.

How many treatments are necessary?
The length and number of treatments will depend on the type and size of pigmented mark present, but typically 1 -3 treatments will be needed. Treatments should take place approximately every 4 to 6 weeks.

What is the cost?

The cost of each treatment varies. The cost is directly associated with the time it takes to treat certain areas. At the Hampshire Laser Clinic, we can offer very competitive and affordable laser treatments because we only use fast, state of the art lasers. Please use our contact form or call us on- 01420 52 00 33 (Bentley Clinic) or 01483 23 36 53 (Woking Clinic) for specific costs or general enquiries.

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