What is laser pigment removal?
Laser pigment removal is the treatment of unwanted benign pigmented lesions with a laser, to breakdown the pigment and ultimately have them fade away.
Our Excel HR 755nm lasers, as well as our Excel V 532nm laser, are able to treat more superficial pigmented lesions on the face, neck and décolleté, only on our lighter skin types.*
While our advanced breakthrough PicoSure and Enlighten lasers are great for stubborn pigment removal and safe for all skin types. A consultation will help determine which laser is best for you. Usually 3 to 5 treatments is all you need to be pigment free!*
Why do we get pigment?
Solar lentigines, also known as age spots, liver spots, sun spots or freckles, mainly occur with age and overexposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays. Although these are generally benign pigmented lesions, they are typically found on sun-exposed areas such as the face, neck, décolleté and hands, causing uneven skin tone and are aesthetically undesirable.
Melanin is responsible for the pigment we see in our skin and is produced when our melanocytes are triggered by the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, in order to protect our cells from further damage.
Pigmented lesions (freckles, brown spots, age spots), can vary in size and may increase in number with age, but all are a result of an excess accumulation of melanin in the skin.
Therefore we are able to treat these spots, on our lighter skin types using our 755nm or 532nm lasers, as they will specifically target the damaged cells (pigment).*
The treated areas will darken in colour, and will continue to darken over the next few days before sloughing off within 5 to 10 days.
Our #1 treatment for pigment is our advanced PicoSure and Enlighten lasers, as it is safe for all skin types and breaks down the stubborn pigment within the dermis. The treated areas will darken in colour, followed by gradual lightening over the next 2 to 4 weeks.
Mineral SPF 50 is applied to the treated areas and can then be further camouflaged with Colorescience pressed mineral skin care.
A follow-up appointment in 2-4 weeks is booked before you leave.
It is important to leave the area alone and let it heal on its own, do not pick as this may lead to scarring.
- More than one treatment will be necessary to clear pigment. The number of treatments required will vary depending on the type of pigment present and the number of years the pigment has been present.
- This treatment works well in combination with Pico Focus for more stubborn pigment.*
- If pigment is located in an area not able to be safely treated by the laser, like the eyes, then RF treatments are an alternative.
Please consult your doctor if you are wanting mole removal or have any concerns about the cause of your pigment.
Schedule treatments in NW Calgary
If you have unwanted pigment that you’d like to remove from your face and/or body, book a consultation at Fresh Laser Skin Studio in NW Calgary! You can get started by clicking through the form on our site or by giving us a call at (403) 264-4494.