Laser Pigment Removal

Young woman receiving laser treatment in Radiant Esthetics in Newport, RI

Lasers are a tool that can be used for pigment removal in patients with an array of skin types. We specialize in removing age spots, sun damage, and various other concerns. Age spots are also called liver spots and appear in older adults. Sun damage occurs when you’re beneath the sun for hours daily and can appear as sunspots and wrinkles. Lasers are a treatment option used to remove tattoos or permanent makeup or to treat discolorations of the skin such as:

• Birthmarks
• Age spots
• Sunspots
• Darkening of the skin

CAUSES OF AGE SPOTS

Although age spots are usually caused by accumulated exposure to the sun‘s ultraviolet (UV) light, they may also be the result of using tanning beds/lamps; trauma or injury; or genetic predisposition. People with light skin are more likely to develop age spots, as are those with a history of frequent sunburn or sun exposure.

DIAGNOSIS OF AGE SPOTS

True age spots are harmless and do not require treatment. If what is thought to be an age spot appears irregular, however, a biopsy may be performed to ensure that it is not malignant. Spots with the following characteristics should be evaluated by a physician:

TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR AGE SPOTS

Possible side effects of Sculptra injections include localized bleeding, tenderness, discomfort, redness, bruising and swelling. Side effects usually fade within a few days, although can last longer.

According to Valeant Aesthetics, “Other side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, some with delayed onset with or without inflammation or skin discoloration, have also been reported.”

CAUSES OF AGE SPOTS

Although age spots are usually caused by accumulated exposure to the sun‘s ultraviolet (UV) light, they may also be the result of using tanning beds/lamps; trauma or injury; or genetic predisposition. People with light skin are more likely to develop age spots, as are those with a history of frequent sunburn or sun exposure.

DIAGNOSIS OF AGE SPOTS

True age spots are harmless and do not require treatment. If what is thought to be an age spot appears irregular, however, a biopsy may be performed to ensure that it is not malignant. Spots with the following characteristics should be evaluated by a physician:

In addition, spots that are itchy, red or sensitive, or that bleed, should be checked for malignancy.

TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR AGE SPOTS

Although age spots are not medically dangerous, many people who develop them find them aesthetically unappealing. Treatments to remove age spots or make them less prominent include the following:

Treatment of age spots is considered strictly cosmetic, so insurance companies typically do not cover procedures to remove them.

The Treatment

Before the pigment removal procedure, an anesthetic cream may be applied to numb the skin. Even though the laser light beams are harmless, goggles may be worn to protect the eyes. A layer of gel is applied to the area, and the laser is applied to the skin. The laser emits an advanced intensity light beam penetrating the skin surface and the surrounding tissue. The extreme energy of the light causes the pigment to divide into very small particles. This may be metabolized by the body or flushed out directly through the skin as the wound heals.

FAQ

The commonly treated areas include the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands. Any area of the body can be treated safely and effectively.

Most patients see the results after one treatment. The peak results will appear after four weeks.

You may get several laser treatment sessions before desired results are achieved. It varies for each patient and depends on the area of treatment.

Some patients experience a temporary stinging or heating sensation as the laser moves over the skin. You may get mild redness that subsides within a few days.

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