Pigment laser treatments selectively target the endogenous (melanin) pigment in the skin or the exogenous (tattoo) pigments.
Depending on the indication, you skin type and your phototype, different laser devices may be used: Q-switched lasers, IPL, fractional CO2 laser or Thulium laser.
- Freckles, age spots (solar lentigo’s)
- Melasma (pregnancy mask)
- Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
- Naevus of Ota, Beckers’ hamartoma
- Tattoo removal
The treatment takes 15 to 30 min, (or more depending on indication) and is little painful. A numbing cream and application of cold air are usually sufficient to ease any discomfort.
After the treatment the pigmentation turns darker for a few days and superficial crusts may be formed which heal in approximately 1 week. The results may be seen immediately after or in some case best results are seen over time.
Absolute sun avoidance and broad-spectrum sun protection is important for minimum 4 weeks after the treatment.
The number of sessions depends on the type of problem to be treated. Superficial pigmented lesions improve significantly in 1 to 3 sessions, for deeper pigmentary lesions or tattoo removal more session may be needed.
Some skin disorders have a high recurrence rate and will need maintenance sessions.