What causes age spot / brown spot discoloration ?
We do not know all of the causes, but age spots / brown spots are often related to heredity, oral contraceptives, hormone therapy, sun exposure, pregnancy or the aging process. They may also be related to previous injury to the skin.
How does age spot removal work ?
The state-of-the-art DioLite laser delivers precise dosages of light energy to each area with a minimal risk to the skin. During these treatments, light energy is delivered through a special handpiece to the targeted area. The energy is then absorbed by the brown spots causing the pigment to disappear.
Will the removal treatments work on my face, hands and body ?
Prior to treatment your plastic surgeon will review your medical history to determine how long you have had a pigment problem. He will need to determine your skin type and if you have had any previous skin procedures on your face. He will also discuss your objectives and fully explain your treatment and expected age spot / brown spot removal outcome.
Does brown spot removal laser treatments hurt ?
Most patients describe the sensation to be like the snap of a rubber band on the skin as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece.Our surgeon can offer you a cream (topical anesthetic) to apply one hour prior to your procedure to minimize discomfort. After treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
Are age spot removal treatments safe ?
Yes. Lasers and advanced light systems have been used safely for millions of treatments worldwide. These systems treat only the targeted areas leaving the surrounding tissue intact. However, some bruising or redness may occur. The risk of scarring with age spot removal is small.
Postoperative discomfort is minimal. After treatment, you can return immediately to work or your normal day-to-day activities. Because there is rarely any swelling or redness afterwards, no one will know that you have just had a treatment and make-up can be worn within an hour.
It is always advisable to use sunscreen on the treated areas for the next 3 - 6 months. If another brown spot removal treatment is required it will be performed 6 weeks later. Doctor might recommend the use of a strong bleaching cream to speed the fading process.
Unlike other methods of treatment, the pulsed dye laser reduces the potential for scarring or changes in skin texture. Patients do, however, experience some temporary bruising around the treatment site. This blue-gray discoloration, called purpura, may last from 7-14 days. Some patients occasionally experience a temporary tan discoloration of the skin for a few months following treatment. This can be minimized by avoiding excessive sun exposure for a few weeks after the procedure.
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