What you don’t know about laser pigmentation removal
Pigmented lesions might vary a lot. People who have their face and body covered with pigmentation spots know that they appear from different things including sunbathing and ageing and can be removed only with laser pigmentation removal. When the human body gets older some vital ingredients start missing and the body is not able to produce them in enough quantity. For example, after 50 years old people start lacking collagen and other essential substances. If you look around you will notice that older people have a lot of pigmented spots on their skin – sometimes the per cent of pigmented skin reaches 50%. However, last years the cost of laser treatment get lower so more people can afford the laser pigmentation removal treatment. What we don’t know about laser pigmentation could ruin the effect of the procedure, so we decided to write a little bit for this unpleasant skin problem.
Why I have a pigmentation but my best friend doesn’t?
Hyper and hypopigmentation is simply the way human skin reacts. Some people have acne skin, some don’t, the same is with pigmentation – some people expose to sun and walk without a single spot, while other expose to sun and their whole skin becomes into freckles. Pigmented spots are not regular production of melanin but there are numerous reasons for it that’s why pigmentation removal treatments should be first discussed with a dermatologist or highly experienced specialist.
As you probably know, some pills might predispose the skin to easy pigmentation. However, there are people who get these pills but don’t have pigmented lesions. Scientists are still not exactly sure why pigmentation is an issue for ones but not for others. There are assumptions that a combination of genes is “guilty” for unpleasant spots.
How does laser pigmentation removal work?
Laser treatments have something in common – they target the darker spots. This is a rule not only in different lasers for pigmentation removal but to hair removal, also. They destroy the darkened spot and force the skin to rejuvenate. If the other skin is with tan then the procedure can’t be successful because the laser beam can’t define which is the darker spot from the pigmentation and which is tan. That’s why laser pigmentation removal procedures from One Face Clinic can be applied only on people who haven’t been tanning for at least 2 weeks – this includes sunbathing and sun beds. The laser machine emits a laser beam (intense light energy) which is so thin that it can target even the smallest spots. Boosting your skin rejuvenation skills is in the foundation of almost every skin treatment but laser treatments are able to do it more successfully.
What patients should do after the treatment?
There are a few things that every patient should know will follow. First, the laser beam will cause redness so he/she might apply some ice on the target spot. In addition, sunbathing is forbidden at least two more weeks. Two days after the treatment is not recommendable to use soap directly on the skin and to rub it. It will be sensitive and you might feel it strange. Most people don’t need local anaesthetic during the treatment so don’t worry about that. The specialists recommend to observe the spot for 48 hours and if there is a swelling to call them. In this case, they prescribe a cream, which is able to reduce the swelling and infection. It is not a common case but this is something you will need to know just in case.
If you need to have the procedure again then you have to wait at least 3-4 weeks till the skin is rejuvenated and ready to be a target again.
Is it safe?
Yes, it is a safe procedure as long as it is provided by the experienced specialist. The procedure might remove pigmented spots, tattoos and even birthmarks. The laser that is used in laser pigmentation removal has 755nm long wave and it can’t affect surrounding tissue. Aesthetic therapists will explain every single details and health conditions that affect laser treatment results. Patients have to share all their medical history and ask if they think something might interfere with the procedure. The highest risk, which is hiding in laser treatments, is burning but when your aesthetician knows what he is doing then it is not a significant risk at all.