Pigment issues arise as a result of many factors. Lifelong exposure to UV rays often brings out brown spots (also called age spots, liver spots, lentigos, and sun damage). Hormones during pregnancy can bring on a condition called melasma (excessive brown patches frequently seen on the forehead and cheeks) Vascular issues such as broken capillaries and rosacea give the face a reddened hue which can be difficult to camouflage with make-up. Lasers as well as light based treatments are very safe and effective at treating many pigment related skin issues.
What does it treat?
- Discolored Acne Scars
- Age Spots
- Broken Blood Vessels
- Brown Spots
- Port Wine Stains
- Rosacea (redness & pimpling associated with rosacea)
- Sun Damage
How does it work?
The laser’s wavelength, or light energy, targets the redness of broken blood vessels. The treatment closes off the unnecessary vessels so they’re not visible on the surface of the skin. The energy is also absorbed by the darkened pigment in brown spots, causing the extra pigment to dissipate. The result: A clearer complexion.
When will you see results?
Depending on the starting condition of your skin you should see a clearing from the procedure within 7 – 10 days. Brown spots may have a charred appearance or may darken over the course of the week. This is normal, and those spots will gently flake off. Broken blood vessels may have a red mark or convert to a cat scratch scab will should resolve in a weeks time.
How many treatments will you need?
Once again, depending on your starting point, you made need 2-4 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart but you should see improvement with each treatment. Periodic maintenance treatments may be prescribed for optimal, lasting results.