Pigmented Lesion Removal
The most common pigmented lesions/disorders are: Lentigines (smooth flat round sun spots); post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation; Poikiloderma of Civatte (darkening of the neck and chest). Other lesions include: Nevus of Ota (blue birthmark); Cafe Au Lait Macule (light to dark brown birthmark); Dyschromia (mottled facial discolouration); freckles; Ashy Dermatosis (darkening of face, neck, arms and trunk - commonly found on dark skins); and Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra (DPN). All lesions have to be diagnosed correctly by a dermatologist before commencing treatment.
A Q-Switched ND:YAG laser is one of the best lasers to treat pigmented lesions - tan, blue-grey or brown skin mark caused by a deposit of pigmented cells at various depths under the skin surface. The laser will focus on the unwanted pigment and destroy it without damaging the normal skin.
Multiple laser treatments scheduled at four- to eight-week intervals are usually necessary. The number of treatments may vary depending on each individual's response.
- Lentigines (sun/age spots): 1 to 3 treatments.
- Café-Au-Lait Macules (light tan or pale brown patches apparent at birth): 2 to 10 treatments.
- Nevus of Ota (blue-gray patch on the face): 4 to 6 treatments.
Immediately after treatment, swelling and bruising, followed by crusting and scabbing, can occur. This may persist for 1 to 2 weeks.