Laser pigmentation removal - Bentleigh, melbourne
We all enjoy spending time outdoors, but as we age, excess pigmentation such as age spots, sun spots, or freckles can develop. Prolonged exposure to sunlight, environmental factors, hormones, injuries, medications, acne, and skin type can all contribute to the formation of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and freckles. Additionally, hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to the appearance of brown patches known as Melasma on the face. Pigmentation often becomes noticeable first on the hands, as we tend to neglect applying sun protection to them over our lifetimes. The skin of the face, neck, and décolleté are also prone to showing signs of ageing earlier due to heavy sun exposure. (Note: If hyperpigmentation occurs in areas not typically exposed to the sun, it’s advisable to consult a doctor.)
If you’re wondering how to eliminate sunspots, freckles, or other forms of pigmentation, Medix Skincare & Laser Clinic can assist you. We provide pigmentation removal using the UltraPlus VPL laser system. Our treatments at the sunspot clinic are safe and non-invasive, triggering a healing response that lightens pigmented skin without causing damage.
What is laser pigmentation/freckle removal?
VPL laser pigmentation removal is designed with each light pulse consisting of a sequence of rapid, shorter pulses. These variable pulses ensure controlled absorption of laser light by the melanin in the skin, while the surrounding skin remains cool. Excess melanin in hyper-pigmented areas is broken down and cleared away by the body’s waste disposal system.
VPL laser delivers excellent results for the face, hands, and décolleté. Our sun damage treatment not only addresses pigmentation and thread veins but also removes freckles and enhances the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The heat stimulates the skin to enter “repair mode,” increasing blood flow to the area, delivering fresh supplies of oxygen and nutrients to cells, and promoting collagen production.
What happens during VPL laser pigmentation removal?
Obtaining written consent from a doctor is essential before beginning laser pigmentation or freckle removal. First, the treated area is cleansed of makeup and hair. A cooling gel is then applied to ensure proper optical coupling and maintain skin cooling during treatment. The VPL laser handpiece is then gently passed over the targeted skin area without applying pressure. During the skin pigmentation treatment, the laser emits a bright light that penetrates the skin and heats the dermal tissues without affecting or removing the outer epidermal layers. This results in visible reduction of unwanted pigmentation.
The longer wavelengths of VPL laser light penetrate deeply, stimulating cells to produce extra collagen, tightening overly pigmented areas. Depending on your skin’s sensitivity, you may experience a slight stinging sensation during the procedure, but discomfort is significantly less than with laser or IPL treatments.
Because the light is highly absorbed by melanin in the epidermis, laser pigmentation treatment is suitable for individuals with skin types 1-4 and no significant tan. If the pigment is due to sun damage, as seen on hands and décolleté, it should respond well, including superficial freckles. Deeper dermal pigment may not respond as effectively.
Hands, arms, and décolleté generally respond positively to laser sun spot removal. After about 30 minutes, treated areas will begin to darken. Within 24 hours, they will darken further, possibly forming a crust before gradually fading or flaking until the pigments disappear or lighten. Skin renewal occurs within 10 to 14 days.
How many laser pigmentation treatments are recommended?
While sometimes one session is sufficient, three or four treatments, spaced at least 4 weeks apart, may be required.
What should I do before and after VPL pigmentation or freckle removal?
Written consent from a doctor is necessary before undergoing the treatment.
Avoid direct sun exposure, spray tanning, or sunbeds for 6 weeks before and after treatment. If sun exposure is inevitable, apply a high SPF sunscreen. Also, refrain from waxing, peeling, or skin resurfacing for 2 to 3 weeks before and after pigmentation or freckle removal in Melbourne.
Avoid heavy or sweaty workouts within 24 hours of treatment, and skip hot showers for 24 hours. Cleanse treated areas gently with soap and water, avoiding scrubbing. Refrain from scratching or picking the area to prevent scarring. Don’t use makeup until swelling and discomfort subside, and avoid dishwashing for 3 to 4 days after hand pigmentation or sunspot removal. Consider wearing cotton gloves while driving.
Are there any side effects of VPL laser treatment?
Pigmented areas may darken immediately or within the first few hours, shedding from the skin surface. Following treatment, you might experience a sunburned feeling, and the treated area could be red for several hours. Some individuals might experience temporary swelling, which resolves in a few days. Treated pigmented areas might develop a crust lasting from 3 days to 2-3 weeks. Using a cool compress post-treatment can alleviate swelling or burning. Applying cooling gels like aloe vera or tea tree might help, but avoid anti-inflammatory products, as they could interfere with the pigmentation removal process. Taking antioxidants and vitamins A, E, and C can also be beneficial.
Make an appointment at our pigmentation & sunspot clinic today
To arrange an appointment for sun spot removal, laser freckle removal, or pigmentation treatment, call Medix Skincare & Laser Clinic at (03) 9686 0003. Our friendly staffs are available to address any inquiries about our treatments.