Pigmented Lesions

Did you know sun damage caused those freckles you weren’t born with? Freckles, age spots, red spider veins, and uneven skin tone and texture don’t have to be something that you just live with. Here at Sol Laser we use our advanced laser technology to quickly and easily eliminate the blemishes that add years to your body – and there’s no down time so you can get right back into your everyday routine! Call us today at (248) 882-7647 and watch your brown spots disappear right before your eyes.

What causes pigmented lesions?

Pigmented lesions, birthmarks, brown spots, and age spots are created from an excessive concentration of melanin in the skin. Melanin is what gives our skin its color so everyone has a different amount of melanin. Your physician will evaluate your skin and inform you of the specific type of skin lesion. High melanin concentrations can be caused by various factors; some types are present at birth, but most occur with age or from overexposure to the sun’s damaging rays.

Why is the laser a safe treatment?

The Candela Laser is safer than traditional methods because of its unique ability to selectively treat the pigmented lesions therefore it will eliminate the pigment while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.

What conditions are treated with the Candela Laser system?

The most commonly treated conditions are solar lentigines (also known as age spots, liver spots or sun spots), café au lait birthmarks, and freckles. These benign pigmented lesions are caused by excess pigment in the skin, usually from sunlight exposure and congenital factors. Age spots may appear as enlarged light freckles on the face and hands. Café au lait birthmarks may appear as light brown markings anywhere on the body and can be quite large.

Why would someone have a pigmented lesion removed?

Many people are uncomfortable with unsightly dermal lesions like age spots, freckles and birthmarks.

What does treatment involve?

Treatment with the Candela Laser varies from patient to patient depending on the age, size and color of the patient’s skin.

In general, the following steps will take place:

  • The patient is asked to wear eye protection consisting of an opaque covering or goggles.
  • The skin’s reaction to the laser is tested during the first visit to determine the most effective treatment.
  • Treatment consists of placing a handpiece against the surface of the skin and activating the laser. As many patients describe it, each pulse feels like the snapping of a rubber band against the skin. The degree of discomfort varies with each person, depending on his/her pain threshold.
  • Smaller lesions will require fewer pulses, while larger ones will require more.
  • The Candela Laser is less painful and requires less recovery time than some other treatment methods.

Should certain precautions be taken after treatment?

Immediately following treatment, an ice pack may be applied to soothe the treated area. A topical antibiotic cream or ointment is recommended. Care should be taken in the first few days following treatment to avoid scrubbing the area, and abrasive skin cleansers should be avoided. During the course of treatment it is recommended that patients cover the area with a sun block of SPF 30 or higher.

Are there any side effects?

The Candela Laser greatly reduces the potential for scarring or changes in skin texture. Patients will experience temporary discoloration or reddening of the skin around the treatment site. Some patients may also experience a temporary lightening or darkening.

Questions?

Have any questions about pigmented lesions? Take a look at our FAQs, or give us a call at (248) 882-7647 for more information, or to schedule an appointment.