Just about everyone has a few obvious brown spots on their skin. Age spots, freckles, and various birthmarks are just a few of the commonly known marks generally referred to as pigmented lesions. Although some pigmented lesions can be ignored, many are quite conspicuous, and can easily detract from your skin’s natural beauty.
Melanin is what gives our skin its color. The amount of melanin in your skin determines if you have a light or dark complexion. Pigmented lesions are dark in color simply because the melanin is abnormally concentrated in one area of the skin. High concentrations of melanin can be due to various factors. Some types are present at birth, but most occur with age, or as a result of overexposure to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays.
What It Treats
- Age Spots
- Brown Spots
- Tattoo Removal
How It Works
The MedLite® laser is one of the most technologically advanced lasers for removing pigmented lesions and unwanted tattoos. The laser removes these pigments with the energy of light. The specialized light produced by the MedLite® laser is absorbed by the pigmented lesion. The unwanted pigment is then destroyed, thus removing or lightening the lesion.
The MedLite® is most commonly used for removing brown age spots, “liver spots,” freckles and other brown birthmarks, such as cafe-au-lait spots and Nevus of Ota and unwanted tattoos. Your physician will identify your specific type of lesion and discuss the removal success rate associated with your condition.
The laser light of the MedLite® was specifically designed to effectively target the dark concentrations of melanin. After the abnormal amounts of melanin are removed, and treatment continues on normal skin, some whitening could occur. However, your body’s natural regenerative system would replace the normal melanin over a period of time, returning the skin to its natural color.
What to Expect
The MedLite® laser emits light in very short pulses. The impact of the energy from the power pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band. After the treatment, the area will feel similar to a light sunburn. Typically any discomfort will disappear within a day or so. After the redness clears, the skin returns to its natural color and texture.
Most common pigmented lesions are removed within one to two treatments. Some deeper lesions will require more treatments.
Common pigmented lesions do not return. Some birthmarks may return after a period of several months to a year. However, the procedure can be repeated.