What is laser treatment for pigmentation and age spots?
Age spots and pigmentation issues can develop over time, and become especially prominent as we reach middle age. Age spots are caused by an excess of melanin in the skin, and develop through sun exposure. At London Real Skin we use the Harmony XLi laser platform with a 570 wavelength hand piece for treating pigmentation conditions including brown marks on the skin, sun spots and freckles. It is a safe and effective treatment with minimal downtime.
The laser light is absorbed by the melanin / pigment causing heat destruction of the cells. The pigment in the skin will appear darker as the cells are lifted to the surface causing a light scab, which will then shed and reveal the lightened fresh skin.
What are the benefits of laser treatment for pigmentation and age spots?
Laser treatment is an effective non-surgical treatment for improving pigmentation of the skin and reducing brown marks on the skin such as age-spots, sun spots and freckles.
As there is minimal downtime associated with the procedure, you can fit the treatment in around your busy schedule.
All laser treatments are carried out by our qualified Medical Aestheticians, and are low risk. While results will vary between individuals, most patients will see noticeable improvement after having between one and three sessions.
What is involved in laser treatment for pigmentation and age spots?
During your consultation one of our experienced Medical Aestheticians will assess your suitability for treatment. The Medical Aesthetician will advise on the number of treatments to get the best results. The Medical Aesthetician will advise a treatment plan including any skincare products that may be suitable to complement the treatment. You will have a patch test to ensure safety.
Prior to treatment you will be asked to ensure the skin is clean and dry and to remove any lotions, fragrances and make-up.
During the treatment your skin will be cleaned and you will be asked to wear special goggles to protect your eyes. The aesthetician will treat the area with the Harmony laser.
Patients with darker skin types may need to see a Dermatologist for topical treatment prior to any laser treatments. Patients with skin conditions may need a skin-check from a Dermatologist prior to any treatment.
What are the risks or potential side-effects of in laser treatment for pigmentation and age spots?
Laser treatment for facial redness is not suitable for the following people:
- Pregnant or breast-feeding
- Patients with sunburn
- Patients suffering from melasma, seizure disorders, herpes simplex virus, hyperpigmentation, history of photosensitivity to light
- Patients on isotretinoin, topical or oral steroids, medications that cause photosensitivity
After treatment, there will be heat in the area and may be some redness and pigmentation will become darker and form slight scabbing. In rare cases edema and blistering can occur. This is a normal side effect of treatment and will settle within days.
What aftercare is required for in laser treatment for pigmentation and age spots?
TThe following aftercare is recommended to improve the treatment results and to minimise side-effects from the treatment:
- The application of a cool pack during the first few hours after treatment will reduce any discomfort.
- Apply only Biafine or aloe vera gel (without alcohol) to the treated area
- Makeup may be used immediately after the treatment unless there is epidermal blistering. (Preferably mineral make up)
- Avoid sun exposure to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation or darker pigmentation. Use sunscreen SPF50+ or greater at all times throughout the course of treatment.
- Avoid swimming until the treated area is fully healed
- Avoid hot baths, heat treatments and exercise for the first 48 hours
- Avoid picking scabs
- Avoid using retinoids for 2 days before treatment and 7 days post treatment
Immediately after treatment, there may be redness and swelling at the treatment area, this may feel like mild sunburn. If pigment is present, it will become darker and form a scab. This is a normal effect of treatment. Swelling can occur, especially on cheek area. We recommend sleeping with an extra pillow to decrease swelling.
What is the cost of in laser treatment for pigmentation and age spots?
Vascular or Pigmentation Laser TreatmentFee schedule for treating vascular lesions (red-lines, rosacea) or pigmentation (brown and black age spots)
Harmony XL Laser. Vascular - IPL / DyeVL. Pigmentation - IPL / ATF
Schedule of 3 treatments, once every 4 weeks
Medical Aesthetician consultation and patch test: £30
|Area||1 Treatment||3 Treatment Package (save 10%)|
|Small area (eg veins around nose or chin)||£95||£257|
|Full face and chest||£400||£1,080|
Case study for laser treatment for pigmentation and age spots
Is the laser treatment safe?
All laser treatments are with qualified Medical Aestheticians with risks being very low. Patients must follow aftercare instructions, which will be explained in details at your consultation.
What pigmentation issues can be treated by laser?
We can treat a range of pigmentation skin conditions including brown marks, sun spots and freckles and age spots. For some conditions it may be necessary to have a course of topical skincare treatment prior to laser treatment.