What is it?
Also known as age spots, brown spots, liver spots, sunspots, lentigo or solar lentingine, they are highly pigmented skin blemishes. They are caused from over exposure to the sun.
Skin over the age of 40 finds it difficult to regenerate from over exposure to the sun. Common areas for the appearance of them is typically the face, chest and hands, as these are commonly more exposed than other areas of the body.
In most cases, they require no treatment. Although, in some cases, they have been thought to obscure the diagnosis of skin cancer. However, some people regard them as unsightly and choose to have them removed.
The best results are found with people with paler skin, and the treatment can be used to remove flat brown marks.
How does it work?
We use a Q switched Nd Yag laser at 532nm or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) with a green 530nm filter. The laser/IPL uses a powerful beam of green light which penetrates the skin. The brown pigment absorbs the light, which then causes the pigment to break up and get taken away by the body's natural immune system.
What will I feel during the treatment?
You will experience a slight sensation similar to that of being flicked by an elastic band. You do have the option to have a localised anaesthetic cream applied prior to the treatment, to numb the area to be treated.
How long will it take to see results?
The spots will typically get darker after the treatment, and will fade within a few days to a week. Depending on the intensity of the pigment, you may require several treatments, and it is recommended that a period of 2 months should elapse between treatments, to allow the pigment to be fully absorbed, and for the skin to recover.