Irrespective of how or why they appear, dark patches on the skin generally cause embarrassment and lowly feelings. Whether you get them as a result of birthmark or aging, freckles and blemishes will be an eye sore as long as they are not fully removed and left visible to the naked eye.
While in many cases skin discolourations can be successfully removed or made to fade applying usual hyperpigmentation treatments, such as skin lighteners, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion, certain patients simply do not respond very well to these relatively milder methods. If this relates to you, our safe laser therapy may be for you.
Essentially, a laser treatment differs from its conventional counterparts only in the way it works but not in the effects it attempts to produce; both, attempt to strip away the layers of pigmented skin. The main advantage of using laser technology, however, is that we can target the pigmented cells individually with great precision and accuracy.
We achieve this by controlling a number of factors, such as selecting an appropriate type of laser that must be used, the determining and applying correct intensity of the laser beam, managing the timing of application and degree of penetration, to name just a few
For example, our laser specialist will select the type of treatment to be applied according to the type of hyperpigmentation you’ have got, where it is, how long you have had it, and certain other factors. If the discoloration is over a wider area, she may recommend IPL (Intense Pulse Light) that works by emitting multiple wavelengths of light. IPL treatment usually requires more sessions than lasers.
On the other hand, if you have discrete lesions and thickened age spots, she may consider laser proper, which emits light of single wavelength and requires fewer sessions than IPL does.
In cases where deep or extensive scarring has occurred, she may even recommend carbon dioxide resurfacing which is by far more invasive type of laser but its effectiveness in such cases makes it worth it.
Since there are always pros and cons connected to any treatment approach or method, our laser practitioner will discuss them all with you making sure that you actually take an informed decision.
When you have taken your decision and given your consent, she will educate you on the operational details of the procedure. She will instruct you on pre-treatment steps which usually include topical and oral medications. We strongly recommend that you follow her instructions to the letter.
When your skin is ready, she will zap the hyperpigmented area and vaporize the discolored skin using the agreed-upon type of laser. During the procedure, local anesthesia and pain medication may be used. Finally, when the light produced by the laser is made incident on the darker patches, it is absorbed by pigmented skin cells leading to their destruction. When these dead cells are removed the end result is newer, lightened skin. .
Expect some redness and swelling on the treated area afterward. Also, don’t panic if scabbing occurs; it is particularly normal when high intensity light is used. You needn’t worry at all because these will be taken care of as a part of your treatment plan. Our doctors will prescribe a care regimen including special ointments which will be issued to you. You will also be told how to protect your new skin from sun exposure after treatment. Our case follow-up coordinator will keep in touch with you to make sure you are doing well. If more sessions are required, she will work closely with you to schedule the day and time for your next session.
The decision to change your looks by removing marks, which may have existed for a long time, is rather personal one. It is finally for you to decide whether to go for the treatment or not. If you are able to live with the marks, you do not have to see even a dermatologist. If not, it is highly recommended that you get your skin and its patches clinically examined.
Contact us today to book your free consultation to understand your options.