It’s important to love the skin you’re in but at Define Laser & Cosmetic Clinic, we know first-hand how much our skin can change over time.

Unwanted freckles, spots and skin discolouration can all be a part of the aging process.

In this blog we’re going to talk about skin changes and everything you need to know about laser pigmentation removal.

Laser Pigmentation Removal

Age spots, freckles and other minor blemishes are caused by melanin, a substance which gives our skin its colour. When melanin gathers in one spot, it becomes noticeable as a discoloured area.

The wavelengths of light produced by laser technology are designed to be absorbed by these pigmented areas causing the spots to gradually disappear.

The treatment is quick and not usually painful however, any discomfort experienced can be eased with an ice pack.

Undergoing Treatment

1. How it works

The light used from the lasers is absorbed by the darker areas and “shatters” the pigment, drawing it to the surface of the skin.

2. Results

We expect approximately 80% clearance of skin blemishes such as pigmentation after a course of facial laser. After 2-3 treatments patients can see a considerable difference in their appearance. The treatment is quick and effective and causes minimal damage to the surrounding skin tissue.

Patients will see results in around 7-10 days.

3. Aftercare

Avoid sun for 7 days after your procedure and apply SPF and moisturiser.

You can also use makeup to cover any blemishes.

5. Recovery time

Recovery takes 3-7 days, but our qualified doctor can tailor the strength of the laser to suit your needs.

You’ll need about 2-4 sessions monthly depending on your skin condition.

6. Side effects

The most prominent side effects are transient darkening of the pigment, redness and mild swelling.

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Can laser remove pigmentation permanently?

Usually, pigmented lesions or spots that have been removed will not return after your laser treatments. However, there are various factors that can stimulate new hyperpigmentation e.g. exposure to UV, ageing, hormonal factors. Laser pigmentation removal treatments do not prevent new hyperpigmentation from occurring.


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