Brown spots and freckles
The most commonly treated conditions are solar lentigines, also known as "age spots or "sun spots"; caf au lait birthmarks; and freckles.
These lesions are due to an excess of pigmentation in the skin, usually due to excessive sunlight exposure, and rarely congenital factors. Age spots may appear as enlarged freckles on the face and hands Nevus of Ota and Caf au lait birthmarks may appear as light brown markings anywhere on the body and can be quite large. Melasma does not respond very well to laser therapy.
Tattoos are a form of implanted pigmentation and respond best to laser therapy.
|Before and after laser treatment of age spots.|
Is laser treatment safe?
The laser is safe and effective because of its unique ability to selectively treat the pigmented lesion without adversely affecting the surrounding tissue.
Dr. Touma has experience in treating thousands of patients with pigmentation problems and tattoos.
|Before & After Laser for Pigmentation|
|Laser for Sun and Age Spots|
What does the treatment involve?
Treatment varies from patient to patient depending on the type of lesion, size of the affected area, color of the patient's skin and depth to which the abnormal pigment extends beneath the surface of the skin. Some lesions, such as "age spots" will require only a few pulses, while others, such as caf au lait birthmarks, will require more. Some lesions require re-treatment. It is very important to use careful sun protection before and after treatment with laser.