There are many different types of pigmented lesions which differ from one another in terms of their characteristics. For this reason the evaluation of and possible therapy for pigmented lesions should always be the reserve of doctors with specialist’s knowledge, like those at the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group.
What are “Age Spots” or pigmented lesions?
A lesion is a non-specific term referring to abnormal tissue in the body. It can be caused by any disease process including trauma, infection, neoplasm, the environment (mainly the sun), metabolic and autoimmune. Pigmented lesions, and in particular age spots, are increasingly regarded by the persons affected as a cosmetic blemish. Age spots occur with 50% of women and 20% of men from the age of 50 onwards.
What kind of pigmented lesion can be treated?
Benign pigmented lesions such as lentigo simplex, lentigo senilis (age and sun spots), café au lait stains and many types of naevi may be treated with laser devices in various ways.
How does removal of pigments with laser work?
The laser beam enters the skin, it interfaces the upper skin layer and the melanin of the pigments absorbs the light energy. Through the mechanical effect of short light shots the enclosed Melanin is abruptly blasted and pulverized. Afterwards the pulverized pigments can easily be removed by the body’s own lymph system. For removal of Pigments, a number of treatments might be necessary depending on the indication.
How will the treatment take course?
The frequency-specific hand piece of the laser is put onto the skin. After the activation of the Laser with the foot switch a light impulse is sent which feels like a small stitch. The areas to be treated are than moved over with the hand-piece of the laser. The treated area looks white, and it shows blisters. After the treatment reddening of the skin and a strong feeling of warmth might occur. After a few hours the treated areas might darken a small crust can build up. This degenerates within a few days. The next treatment, if necessary, can be done after 6 to 8 weeks.
What complications may occur?
No medical treatment is totally free of risk. Normally laser-treatment is very low in risk. Lightening of the skin or hyper-pigmentation can temporarily occur. Both are regulated by the skin itself. In very few occasions small scars can occur.
Give us a call today to find out more about TATTX EXCLUSIVELY at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group!