What is Laser Pigmentation Removal?
Q switched Nd Yag lasers have been used for years to remove tattoos and pigmentation from the skin. Over multiple sessions, the aim is to gradually see improved appearance of the affected area, adjusting settings at each session to get the best results.
How do fat Laser Pigmentation Removal work?
The wavelength of light produced by the laser is absorbed by the colour of pigment in the affected skin. Because of the short pulse and high energy delivered, the pigment breaks apart allowing a healing response from the body to then remove the pigment gradually.
How popular is this treatment?
Many people are affected by pigmentation from sun damage, ageing and genetic predisposition. This treatment is a simple and accessible method of removal for them.
What areas can be treated?
- Sun damage
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
What happens during my consultation?
We will take a brief medical history and look at the areas of concern. If appropriate a test patch will be performed.
What happens during my treatment appointment?
Eye protection will be provided along with verbal advice. In some cases, a local anaesthetic cream may be applied before treatment to increase comfort.
Usually only a brief sensation of heat is felt during each shot along with an audible ‘crack’. Following treatment, the area will be cooled.
How long do the results of laser pigmentation removal last?
This varies by cause of the pigment, skin type, lifestyle and the areas to be treated. During a consultation and assessment, more specific, individual based advice will be given.
What’s the aftercare advice?
Written and verbal post treatment advice will be provided.
Simple cooling as mentioned followed by sun protection cream and advice to avoid extremes of temperature and sun exposure. Often a thin crust will form, this should be left to heal without removal or picking.
Who is not suitable for this treatment?
Darker skin tones are unlikely to be suitable as risk of burns and pigmentation issues are higher.
There are some medications and certain diseases that contraindicate this treatment and would be identified during a consultation.
Treatment frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Reduction in pigmentation of the affected area with minimal side effects. This is a quick treatment for simple, small areas of pigmentation.
Yes swelling and bruising is common. Bruising is certain. This usually resolves within a few weeks. Your practitioner can give guidance on when to treat around holidays and special occasions.