Darkened regions of the skin occur as a result of abnormal tanning. Human skin is sensitive to sunlight. Several diseases and many drugs can occasionally cause photosensitivity.
Dark spots can appear in a variety of ways, like freckles, brown patches (blotchiness), and moles. Any dark spot that is either new or changing should be evaluated by a professional.
At Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, we offer a range of laser treatments for different skin spots. Cosmetic Laser treatments are non-invasive procedures that use pulses of visible light to improve the appearance of aging or pockmarked skin. It is most often performed on the face, neck, chest, and hands to erase these spots and any signs of aging.
Among these signs of aging are fine lines, red blemishes, mottled coloration, broken blood vessels, pigment discoloration such as freckles and age spots, enlarged pores, coarse or rough skin, loss of skin tone and elasticity, and general sun damage. A series of laser treatments bring a more youthful, smooth and revitalized skin appearance, with no downtime.
Laser treatments are clinically shown to reduce wrinkles and improve the tone of the skin by non-invasively stimulating new collagen production.
The type of response heard from patients after having the treatments done is that they feel like their skin is lifted. There is a decrease in pore size, their skin feels tighter, and there is a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
What are the benefits?
– Improve appearance of aging or sun damage skin (fine wrinkles, freckles, pigmentation
– Smoothen skin and reduce pore size
– Improve skin tone or tightness
– Reduce redness, flushing or Rosacea
– No recovery time
Am I a candidate for Laser treatment?
The Best Candidates for Laser treatment are:
• People with early skin aging changes and sun damage who desire healthier more youthful skin
• People who suffer from Rosacea and experience flushing and redness of their skin
• People who don’t want to take time off to heal from laser resurfacing or chemical peels
• Active people who want to improve their skin, but do not want to interfere with social or outdoor activities.
How does Laser work?
Specialized lasers specific to your skin condition area selected to deliver a series of pulses of light to the skin using settings that are customized to skin type and skin color. You may need one or more ( a series) of treatments, performed at intervals of a few weeks to months. The benefits of Laser treatments are consistent, visible changes from the first session, with little discomfort and minimal risk. Red blemishes from broken blood vessels and brown spots of pigment from sun damage respond and skin quality respond to the Laser energy. Visible result can be seen after treatments.
What areas can be treated with Laser?
Laser can be used on any part of the skin. It is especially effective for improving the appearance of the face, neck, and chest and hands.
What results can I expect from Laser treatments?
The effects Laser treatments are cumulative. People with visible aging skin from the sun can expect to see smoother skin with a decrease in fine wrinkles, reduction in pore size and fading of sun spots. Others can expect to see a gradual decrease in overall redness, flushing and dilated capillaries. Many people with Rosacea can see improvement in the number of breakouts and are able to decrease or discontinue their medications.
Why are multiple treatments of Laser necessary?
Depending on the number of conditions you are treating, and the severity of the individual problems, a series of five or more treatments of Laser, spaced three weeks apart, is our standard recommendation. You can return to work the same day and resume all regular activities. By dividing the full program into several treatments, the procedure provides gradual improvement with very low risk – and, it preserves the wonderful “no downtime” feature people appreciate so much.
Are there any side effects resulting from Laser treatments?
Immediately following the procedure you may experience some redness and/or a slight darkening of pigmented areas. The redness usually dissipates within 24 hours; however, darkened pigmentation may persist and peel lightly for up to two week. Makeup can be applied to the treated area immediately, if necessary. Additionally, tattoos may be lightened and hair growth may be impaired in the treated area, although it is not the intended purpose of this particular treatment. It is extremely important to wear sun block and avoid sun exposure on a daily basis to reduce any potential side effects.
What are the Laser treatments like?
Each Laser treatment takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes. People with more sensitive skin may prefer to use a topical anesthetic cream applied 30-60 minutes before the treatment. After treatment, there is no discomfort – you can return to your normal routines and activities immediately. Occasionally, there may be signs of treatment such as redness or blotchiness that last for a few hours. You will see gradual improvement from each session, resulting in a dramatic improvement by the end of your treatment program. Results are long-lasting, usually a year or longer.
I’m interested – What do I do next?
Call us at 562-865-9600 to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns with our knowledgeable staff of expert nurses and Dr. Gregory T. Fisher, MD, F.A.C.S., who has years of experience in treating skin disorders.