Age spots, freckles, pigments and various birthmarks are just a few of the commonly known marks generally referred to as pigmented lesions. Many are quite conpicious and can easily detract from your skin's natural beauty.
What causes these unwanted pigmented lesions?
Melanin is what gives our skin its colour. The amount of melanin in your skin determines if you have a light or dark complexion. Pigmented lesions are dark in colour simple because the melanin is abnormally concentrated in one area of the skin.
High concentrations of melanin can be due to many factors:
1. Genetically present during birth.
2. Due to aging.
3. Over-exposure to the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays.
What is a laser?
A laser is a device that delivers light energy in a narrow, focused wavelength. First used for aesthetic purposes nearly 20 years ago, lasers generally fall into two categories:
Ablative lasers resurface severely photodamaged or aged skin by using heat to vaporize the top layers of the skin. During the healing process, a new healthier skin appears with fewer wrinkles and smoother texture.
Nonablative lasers do not damage the top layer of the skin, but instead safely deliver their energy under the skin's surface to stimulate collagen or target skincare concerns. Nonablative lasers can improve the tone and texture of the skin without any downtime or post-treatment care.
Other light-based devices used in aesthetic medicine deliver several wavelengths at once - a spectrum of light. Although not technically lasers, these IPL devices are often grouped in the same category because they are used to treat dermatologic indications.
How does the Medlite laser remove unwanted pigments in the skin?
The Medlite Laser is one of the world's most technologically advanced lasers for removing pigmented lesions. The laser remvoes these pigments with the energy of light. The specialized light produces by the MedLite is absorbed by the pigmented lesion. The unwanted pigment is then destroyed, thus removing or lightening the lesion.
What type of brown spots or pigmented lesions will the MedLite remove?
The Medlite is most commonly used for removing brown age spots, "liver spots", freckles and other brown birthmarks such as cafe-au-lait and Nevus of Ota. We will need to indentify your specific type of lesions and discuss the removal success rate associated to your conditions.
How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the pigmented lesion?
Most common pigmented lesions are removed within one to two treatments. Some deeper lesions will require more treatments.
Can the excess pigmentation come back?
Common pigmented lesions do not return. Some birthmarks however may return after a period of several months to a year. However, the procedure can be repeated.
Do laser treatments hurt?
The MedLite lasers use PhotoAcoustic energy to target the skin. The procedure is very comfortable. Patients will feel the pulses as quick tingling sensations, like very tiny rubber bands snapped against the skin. For some procedures such as tattoo removal, the dark ink can absorb a larger amount of energy and a patient may feel some discomfort. In these cases, a physician may use a topical anesthetic prior to treatment.
How can lasers help improve my skin's appearance?
The MedLite use PhotoAcoustic energy to gently penetrate the skin and stimulate the collagen fibers, working to improve the skin's scaffolding and structure. After just one treatment, patients experieince improvements in the skin's tone and texture - and results are best after 4-6 sessions.
The V-Raser is a diode laser with the best wavelength for eliminating vascular lesions including tiny spider veins on the face. These tiny red lines are extremely common and are often caused or exacerbated by sun damage. Erasing these spider veins creates a healthier-looking, clearer complexion.
How do I get started?
We will be happy to discuss this procedure with you. Please feel free to make an appointment for a consultation to discuss your specific needs.