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If you have spots and pigmentation on your face and body, such as dark spots, freckles, age spots, uneven pigmentation, or birthmarks, you may be looking for laser pigmentation removal. Aging, genetics, and sun exposure are common causes of pigmentation. For a non-invasive and effective solution, consider laser pigmentation removal, also known as laser pigmentation removal or laser freckle removal.
High-intensity pulsed light is converted into heat, selectively targeting brown pigment particles within your skin cells. As the heat builds within these cells, your body’s natural reaction is to produce new healthy cells that migrate from lower levels within your skin, helping to remove damaged pigment-containing cells from the surface of the skin.
This process clears the way for fresh, new, clearer skin with a more even tone and improved texture.
Prior to the laser pigmentation removal treatment, you will have a consultation with one of our Cosmetic Doctors to discuss your aesthetic goals and devise a treatment plan detailing the estimated number of sessions required to achieve your desired results. Improvement can often be seen after just one session, but for many conditions, up to 3 sessions may be required for maximum improvement.
It’s essential to avoid sun exposure and tanning for four weeks before, during, and after the treatment to ensure optimal results and decrease the risk of unwanted side effects. The Nordlys Ellipse IPL system uses exclusive selective wavelength technology to deliver narrowband light, resulting in a more comfortable treatment. The procedure generally takes between 30-60 minutes, depending on the treatable area.
During the treatment, a layer of gel is applied to the treatment area, and cool air may be used to maintain a safe and comfortable temperature for your skin. A handheld laser device is used to apply successive pulses of light across the treatment area, which can feel like a flick of a rubber band with a short burst of heat sensation with each pulse.
At the end of the treatment, any brown area may have darkened, and a pink-to-reddened appearance of the surrounding skin may be present. During the healing process, the brown spots will build up and lift off the surface of the skin, causing pigmentation to appear darker before clearing. It’s important not to pick at these areas and allow them to come off naturally to avoid scarring.
This normal skin response typically subsides within 7-10 days for most people, but up to 30 days of healing may be experienced in some individuals before revealing a clearer complexion with reduced pigmentation. Depending on the severity of your pigmentation concerns, 1-3 treatments may be required, spaced approximately 4 weeks apart to achieve complete resolution of your condition.
To aid the healing process, our skin specialist may prescribe an ointment to apply to the treated areas. Using a cold damp cloth on your skin may also provide relief and healing benefits in the initial hours following laser pigmentation removal treatment.
During a pigment laser treatment, a cool gel is applied to the treatment area, followed by the use of a handheld laser device that applies pulses of light across the treatment area. The sensation can be likened to a flick of a rubber band with a short burst of heat. Sun protection is essential to achieving successful results.
Pigment laser treatment can lighten and remove brown spots, but it does not stop new pigment from developing. Regularly applying SPF 50+ and wearing protective clothing such as hats is required to maintain your results.
Initially, you will notice darkening of all treated pigment, and your skin may also be a pink-to-red colour. In some cases, minor swelling may also be present. The redness will subside over the next few hours or days. During this time, your skin may feel like a sunburn and can be managed with cool compresses and burn aid lotions. The darker pigment will slough off over 7-10 days, revealing your result. It is essential to let the pigment spots lift off on their own and refrain from picking at your skin. Depending on the severity of your pigmentation concerns, 1-3 treatments may be required to achieve complete resolution of your condition.
Yes, you can apply mineral makeup to the treated area from day 2.
Mild to moderate discomfort is felt during the treatment, but cool air and numbing cream can be applied to reduce pain if needed.
Patients should avoid additional heat sources such as hot baths, heavy exercise, and saunas for 3 days post-treatment to prevent any complications.