laser treatments for pigmented lesions are performed by our doctor for patients to safely, easily, and effectively treat many benign skin lesions painlessly, on an out-patient basis.
How does a laser work?
The word LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Medical lasers use an intense beam of light to gently remove unwanted, damaged, or diseased cells without harming the surrounding healthy cells. The laser’s energy may be delivered as a continuous wave of light or in pulses, depending on the treatment and the type of laser used.
What is a pigmented lesion?
Pigmented lesions are caused by a proliferation of melanocytes in the skin. Melanocytes are the cells that manufacture melanin, which is the dark pigment in skin. Most of us have some form of pigmented lesion. They include brown age spots (lentigines), freckles (ephileds), and moles (nevi).
Lesions without color are called non-pigmented lesions. They include warts and skin tags.
How many aesthetic laser treatments are required?
This depends on the size, location, depth and color of your lesion. Spider veins on the face and age spots generally do well with 1 – 2 treatments, while darker or deeper birthmarks may require additional treatments. Port Wine stains and hemangiomas usually experience satisfactory results from laser treatments, however as many as 6 – 8 treatment sessions may be required. Treatments should be placed 4 – 8 weeks apart to allow your body to remove the maximum amount of pigment cells. You will continue to see a lightening of your lesion after each treatment as your body disposes of the pigment cells.
What results can you expect from aesthetic laser treatments?
After our physician performs aesthetic laser treatments, most patients will see improvement in their vascular and pigmented lesions. The improvement can be quite dramatic. However, as with any surgical procedure, there is always a possibility that only minor changes will occur and in rare cases there is no response.