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Age spots, freckles, solar keratoses, birthmarks and other types of benign pigmented lesions can occur naturally all over the body.  They can vary in size, texture and shape and prevalence in any given area.  Treatment with the DermaV™ or PicoWay® laser  is able to reduce or eliminate unwanted pigment and suitable brown spots from the face, neck and décolletage as well as other body areas such as the arms, legs and back.

DermaV™ laser

The DermaV™ laser can be used to treat a variety of pigmented lesions such as freckles, solar and seborrhoeic keratoses. “Liver” or age spots (on the hands or face) may also be treated with laser.

What happens during DermaV™ laser pigmentation removal treatment?
During treatment with the DermaV™ laser, the light energy is specifically absorbed by the melanin pigment in the targeted lesion, resulting in coagulation of this target with subsequent flaking off of the lesion.
What happens after the pigmentation treatment?
The treated pigmentations on your skin will look darker or scabby immediately after the treatment and will flake off within a few days to a week or two, depending on the site. Body lesions will be slower than this, possibly taking around two weeks to resolve.

If the lesions are near the eye area, there can be some short-term puffiness around the eyes.

How many pigmentation treatments are required and how often?
2-6 sessions are usually recommended, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, but this depends on the indication being treated.  Your clinician will work with you to determine the number of treatments you will need to achieve your desired results.

PicoWay® Laser

As well as the Derma V™ laser, the PicoWay® laser treatment is sometimes used to treat larger pigmented lesions.

What can be treated?
Pigmented lesions, such as dark birthmarks, nevus of Ota and, café-au-lait spots can be treated with PicoWay® laser.
What can I expect during and after PicoWay® laser pigmentation removal treatment?
The laser light is specifically absorbed by the melanin pigment in the targeted lesion, resulting in coagulation or fracturing of this target with subsequent flaking off of the lesion.

Depending on the spot and its location, it will look darker or scabby afterwards and will flake off in a few days to a week, sometimes taking up to two weeks when a larger area is treated. After treatment of some larger pigmented lesions, the area may look slightly grey-tinged or superficially bruised, may bleed, and may also be a little swollen.

The sensation is that of a very short sting (similar to the snap of a rubber band on the skin), the intensity varying with the sensitivity of the site. In some cases, either local anaesthetic cream or injection may be used prior to treatment to help with the level of comfort (this will be discussed with you at your initial consultation). Fading of the deeper parts of the lesions continues for several weeks.

How many treatments are required and how often?
A series of treatments may be required for complete resolution. These can be done at 6-weekly intervals.  Your practitioner will work with you to determine the number of treatments you will need to achieve your desired results.

General FAQs About Laser Pigmentation Removal

Are there any risks or side effects with laser pigmentation removal treatment?
Your skin may look blushed or red immediately following your treatment, this usually settles within 24 to 48 hours.  The pigment will look darker or scabby after treatment and will shed and flake off within 1 to 3 weeks, depending on the area treated . Some patients may experience swelling especially around the eye area. Your clinician will discuss all possible risks and side effects with you at the time of consultation.
What should I do to prepare for laser pigmentation removal treatment?
Sun avoidance and protection is crucial. The use of fake tan in the treated area must also be avoided.
Are there any post-treatment care instructions after laser pigmentation removal procedures?
Your clinician will provide you with detailed post-treatment care instructions.  However, we recommend a simple skincare regimen for the first 3-5 days following your treatment, avoiding any active products that may cause discomfort.  It is essential that broad-spectrum sunscreen is applied daily and reapplied as needed.  If desired, makeup may also be applied.  We recommend Oxygenetix makeup as it has been designed to heal and protect your skin as it recovers.
Is the pigmentation removal treatment painful?
The sensation depends on which laser is employed and the site and size of the treatment. Your practitioner will work with you to ensure the procedure is as comfortable as possible.
Benefits of DermaV™ Laser and Picoway® Laser
DermaV™  – precisely targeted beam good for small spots such as freckles, skin tags and seborrhoeic keratosis, as well as for broader-based dyspigmentations.

PicoWay® – useful for larger spots and patches such as birth marks and melasma

Can hyperpigmentation be cured?
This depends on the type.  Most will require maintenance due to accrual of sun damage or ongoing stimulation from hormones, etc

Read more: Skin Pigmentation Blog

What to expect during a consultation

  1. Consultations are personal and confidential.
  2. Depending on the treatment you are interested in we will ask you some questions to ensure that you are safe to proceed
  3. We discuss your areas of concern with you and advise you of the most appropriate treatments for you
  4. Our fully qualified staff will answer all of your questions and arrange with you, your personalised treatment plan
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