A laser is an instrument which produces a special kind of light. Laser light is one pure color, or wavelength. This lets us treat a particular coloured target, like a blood vessel or a brown spot, while leaving the rest of the skin alone.
Modern laser treatment procedures can effectively minimise or remove:
Laser resurfacing is performed using a beam of laser energy which vaporises the upper layers of damaged skin at specific and controlled levels of penetration. Laser treatment is a more intense, precise and achieves quicker results compared with micro dermabrasion and chemical peel.
Like micro dermabrasion or chemical peel, laser resurfacing work basically the same way. First, the outer layers of damaged skin are stripped away. Then, as new cells form during the healing process, a smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin surface appears. The physical changes that occur to laser-treated skin are essentially identical to those that occur with either micro dermabrasion or chemical peel. Laser treatment method, however, produces less bleeding, bruising and post-operative discomfort than is typically seen with other resurfacing methods.
A word about Medlite laser treatment
The Medlite Q-Switched YAG laser used at Bio Skin & Laser Centre is one of the most advanced lasers available today for the removal of pigmented lesions.
The Medlite provides the appropriate wavelength of light for absorption by abnormal melanin concentrations. The Medlite also delivers the light in very short, high intensity pulses for maximum melanin destruction. The use of this specific combination of wavelength and rapidly pulsed light results in minimal damage to normal skin while providing maximum abnormal melanin removal.
The Medlite is most commonly used for removing brown age spots, "liver spots", freckles and many brown birthmarks. It is also equally effective for removal of dark tattoos.
The Medlite laser emits light in very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubberband. After the treatment, the area will feel similar to a slight sunburn. Typically, within a day or so, any discomfort disappears. The area may remain reddened for two to four weeks. After the redness clears, the skin is returned to its natural smooth coloring and texture.
At least 80% of all common pigmented lesions are removed with one treatment. If a lesion covers a large area, your physician may want to treat the area in several stages, to avoid unnecessary discomfort.
An antibacterial ointment will be initially applied to the area. A shower can be taken the next day, but avoid scrubbing the treated area. Since most common pigmented lesions are caused by exposure to ultraviolet sun rays, it is imperative that you always wear sunscreen. Failure to wear a protective sunscreen will allow further sun damage to occur and result in new pigmented lesions. Our doctor will recommend the appropriate level of sunscreen protection for your specific skin type.