Laser Age Spot & Sun Spot
If you feel self-conscious about age spots and brown marks, such as solar lentigos caused by age or sun damage, and feel that they are adding years to your appearance, then our latest laser treatment may offer a solution.
We use the Q Switched Nd:YAG laser at 532nm to treat flat brown marks such as age spots or solar lentigos, which are typically caused by sun exposure. The laser uses a powerful beam of green that shines through the outer layer of the skin. The brown pigment absorbs the light energy and gets very hot for a fraction of a second. This is enough to break up the pigment.
It is usual to allow at least two months between treatments for the damaged pigment to be absorbed and the skin to recover.
The Q switched Nd:YAG laser gives the best cosmetic result when it is used on pale skin because of the contrast between the brown pigment and lighter surrounding area. If you are considering laser treatment for age spots, we would recommend that you book an initial consultation to discuss whether this would be your best treatment option, as well as the results you can expect.
The laser light is very bright and can seriously damage eyes, so everyone in the room will have to wear protective goggles. The laser fires in rapid bursts; these feel a bit like the spatter of hot fat from a frying pan, or the flick of an elastic band. The discomfort varies with the sensitivity of the area being treated. The machine is noisy. The treated area will sting for a while afterwards. A dark purple scab will form and last for about two weeks. Some pinkness of the treated area will persist for several weeks. Another treatment may be necessary after two to three months.
Apart from the effects noted above, serious problems are rare. Scarrin is a potential problem but unlikely. If it does occur, it is usually in the form of some change in texture of the skin. There can also be some loss of natural tanning ability in the treated area, but this often improves with time. On darker skin tones or tanned skin, it is difficult to get an even tone, so it is unlikely to match your natural skin colour. Age spots may recur, especially if you sun bathe, so the treatment should not be regarded as permanent.
You should not have many problems with the treated area. It generally settles rapidly and is best left alone. It should not need a dressing as long as you can resist picking and scratching. The longer the scab stays undisturbed, the better the outcome.
It’s important not to get the treated area soggy, so no long baths or swimming. Gentle washing and showering is fine. Hand cream and moisturiser can be used, but very gently so as not to disturb the scabs.
Once the scabs have come off naturally, you can resume all activities. A suntan gets in the way of the laser light so avoid the sun, or use a strong sun block, before and during treatment. Keep the area to be treated as pale as possible.