What is laser pigmentation reduction treatment?
This treatment uses light pulses to achieve the destruction of these cells, causing a dark 'scab' to form, and eventually fall off after a few days. It does not remove the normal colour of the skin, or affect any surrounding tissues.
How laser pigmentation reduction works
Laser pigmentation reduction is an uncomplicated and relatively quick procedure which does not typically require local anaesthesia. After the handle of the laser is pressed into the skin, the activation of light pulses begins, and the patient may feel a mild stinging sensation. The laser will only target the pigmented lesion in the skin during the procedure, avoiding damage to the surrounding area. Due to the heat of the laser pulses, the pigment is drawn to the surface, leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. The pigmented lesion is then removed with a sterile gauze. It usually takes five to seven days for any skin redness to subside. The treatment can be repeated after four to six weeks if required.
Who can benefit from laser pigmentation reduction?
A good candidate for laser pigmentation reduction treatment is typically an individual who struggles with pigment changes in their skin, such and age or dark spots. A dermatologist will typically examine your suitability for laser pigmentation reduction in an initial consultation. Those with a history of skin cancer, or with raised pigmentation, are usually considered unsuitable for the treatment.
What are the advantages of laser pigmentation reduction?
Among the recognised benefits of laser pigmentation reduction are; the treatment of dark spots and age spots on the body and face; the ability to minimise and in some cases eliminate the appearance of pigmentation; the ability to reverse the effects of sun damage; a refreshed overall appearance; minimal side effects as a result of the procedure; and minimal recovery time following the procedure.
There is also no risk of inflammation, and the advantage of superior tissue and nerve regeneration compared to alternative treatments. Laser pigmentation reduction is conducive to increased blood circulation.