Laser treatment for Pigmented lesions/Freckles Park Ridge

The skin is our largest and most visible organ and here in Queensland pigmentation is a huge problem. Age spots, freckles, melasma and various birth marks are commonly referred to as pigmentation. In fact most people you know, regardless of age and sex, have problems with skin pigmentation.

We can easily lessen the appearance of skin pigmentation these days. Before the use of lasers, surgical excision was the only treatment option for pigmented lesions which often lead to unsightly scar formation. Modern lasers can now treat pigmented lesions without causing any damage to the skin or any downtime.

Melanin is what gives our skin its colour. Pigmented lesions are dark in colour simply because melanin is abnormally concentrated in one area of the skin. Laser delivers a beam of light that targets melanin. This light is then absorbed and converted into heat. It then disperses the group of melanin cells, or destroys the skin cells carrying the melanin molecules.

How do I prepare for a laser pigment treatment?

It is best to avoid sun exposure for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to treatment and have no tanning products on areas to be treated.  To avoid the possibility of adverse events, pigment treatment is not performed on darker skin types. We have 3 doctors who perform skin checks and it is advised this be done prior to any pigment removal treatments in clinic.

Post treatment

The pigment will become darker after the laser treatment, these will surface and slough off over the next 5-12 days. On the day, the treated areas will feel warm, and the clinic provides you with an ice pack to take with you.

Avoiding heat inducing activities and use only gentle (non active) products on the area for a least 24hrs. If possible avoid any sun exposure to the treated area for a minimum of 48hrs, and maintaining sun compliance post treatment with the use of minimum 30+ sunscreen on treated areas for the next 2 weeks.