Laser freckle removal
What is a freckle and what causes them?
Freckles are small brown spots on your skin, face, often in areas that get sun exposure. In most cases, freckles are harmless. They form as a result of overproduction of melanin, which is responsible for skin and hair colour (pigmentation). Overall, freckles come from ultraviolet (UV) radiation stimulation.
Whilst some people love their freckles – and many people see them as highly attractive – others want them gone. Treatment with high-tech laser freckle removal can be highly effective, reducing or eliminating freckles and leaving a smoother, clearer skin surface. If you have freckles that you want to remove, then laser freckle removal treatment can offer amazing results.
How do you get freckles?
There are two types of freckles; Ephelides and Lentigine freckle. Ephelide freckle are ones that emerge during the summer, when the skin is exposed to sunlight. These freckles are light brown, and they will fade in winter. They can show up on your face, the back of your hands, and upper body. Ephelide freckle tend to be most common among people with lighter skin type tones and hair colour. People of Caucasian and Asian descent are more prone to ephelide freckles.
Is laser treatments effective in removing freckles?
If you are looking for how to get rid of freckles, particularly from the face, laser procedures offer some amazing results. The appropriate laser treatment starts with a correct diagnosis in a clinic. Pigmentation of different types and different skin layers respond best to different laser treatments, and it is a common misconception that laser that penetrate deep into the skin can treat all types of pigmentation. Laser freckle removal is extremely effective for treatment of freckles and results can be seen in as little as one session. However, multiple sessions are often required depending on the person and skin type.
It is true that development of freckles is dependent on genetic factors and environmental factors especially exposure. Even before considering treatment, it is important to avoid excessive exposure as this can aggravate freckles and also increase the risk of recurrence if you are looking to go with treatment.
Skin needling or Microneedling has been demonstrated to reduce freckles and sun spots. In your comprehensive consultation at SKIN CLUB Cosmetic Doctors our doctor will discuss if skin needling or laser treatment will give you the best outcome.
More information about laser treatments type
Laser treatment for dark spots uses an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) laser. The laser head (about the size of a postage stamp) emits light that’s absorbed by dark skin cells. The darker the skin cell, the more energy it absorbs, killing that particular cell. Then the dead skin cells move to the top of your skin and flake off. As they flake, you just peel off the dark spots. The surrounding skin cells aren’t harmed. Because they don’t have the dark pigment, they don’t absorb the laser energy.
This laser treatment works great for lighter skin types. Because the laser can clearly differentiate between the normal skin and the dark spot, this laser method is highly effective. Laser Pigmentation Removal works to safely and effectively reduce the appearance of freckles, pigmentation and post-trauma removing pigmentation
How does laser treatment work to remove freckles?
Laser light treatment is a flash, similar to a camera flash. The frequency of that light is best absorbed by the dark pigmented spots. The surrounding light skin, which is not pigmented, does not pick up that light very well, so the dark pigmented cells absorb virtually all of the light’s energy and simply peel off after a few days.
The laser treatment itself takes approximately 30-minutes. The sensation you feel is similar to a rubber band snapping on your skin. One treatment is often enough to be effective, but multiple treatments maybe needed . It’s not uncommon for people to have brown age spots on their hands, arms or face. And laser treatment can be effective in all of these areas.
How much does laser freckles removal cost?
The cost of this laser freckle removal varies depending on the areas involved and the number of treatments you need. Laser freckle removal starts at $499. More pricing information can be given during your free comprehensive consultation. Contact us and visit our clinic for a free comprehensive consultation.
Expectations after laser treatment
Redness and swelling are normal the day after your laser freckles treatment. Then, within 4-7 days, these spots will begin to flake off like coffee grounds.
Whether you choose IPL or a chemical peel, dark spots can come back from the sun. Be meticulous about wearing sunscreen to prevent them from returning, especially in the weeks following your treatment. Even if you’re just driving on a sunny day, apply sunscreen. Your windshield doesn’t stop the sun exposure from affecting your body and skin.
Are dark spots cancerous?
To the untrained eye, most moles and dark spots look similar, so we encourage everyone to get checked the first time they notice dark spots. It can take a long time to realise something is wrong, and early detection is critical. Also, you shouldn’t try to self-diagnose based on photos and information you found online. Always consult a professional clinic doctor.
Will laser hair removal also lighten freckles?
Because the laser targets pigment, it is quite possible that laser hair removal could lighten your freckles somewhat. For some people, changes to their body / skin’s appearance are only temporary following laser hair removal, whereas others may see slight permanent effects. If you’re looking to get rid of your freckles, laser hair removal isn’t going to be the most effective solution.
Can freckles turn darker after treatment?
Freckles and even moles will sometimes darken after laser removal. This is temporary, and then the darkened skin will usually fall off, leaving either no freckle at all, or a significantly lighter freckle. Most likely your freckles will ‘fall off’ in a few days. The important thing in the meantime is to not pick the area, and keep it protected from the sun with a hat or mineral-based sunscreen.
Choosing SKIN CLUB Cosmetic Doctors
With years of training and experience, our doctors are experts in laser procedures and we have a number of lasers available to treat freckles and other skin conditions. We are therefore able to provide you with optimal treatments for your skin, with fewer complications and risks. When visiting our clinic you will be seeing a qualified and experienced doctor.
The first step is to contact us and visit our clinic for your Consultation. In our Melbourne based clinic we we will discuss with you what is a realistic and achievable outcome, and what to expect from your treatment.
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Dr. Pallavi Sharma is one of Melbourne’s best, well respected cosmetic doctors and aims to provide longstanding anti-aging benefits for her clients. With over 11 years experience in Performing cosmetic procedures, Dr. Sharma has lectured medical professionals regarding cosmetic treatments and is heavily involved in providing up to date cosmetic treatments to her clients and friends.
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Skin Club's Cosmetic Doctors are highly trained and renowned for achieving great results. Dr Vi Sharma has worked in the field of cosmetic surgery in both Melbourne and Sydney since 2012. His loyal patient base spans several countries. He has a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University; and former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice. Dr. Vi Sharma is actively involved in training doctors and nurses in aesthetic and cosmetic treatment modalities.
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