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Freckles & pigment can be treated using Diolite laser or PicoWay® laser.

Diolite Laser

The Diolite laser can be used for 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 Diolite laser pigmentation removal treatment?
During treatment with the Diolite 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. Most patients feel a short sharp sting, the intensity varying with the sensitivity of the site.
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. The newly healed skin may appear pale pink, and in some instances, the area may appear depressed – this will “fill out” over time (a week or two). 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?
Some lesions may require further treatment for complete resolution. This could be done six weeks after the initial session.

PicoWay® Laser

As well as the Diolite 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 (the doctor will discuss this 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?
Lesions may require further treatment for complete resolution. This could be done six weeks after the initial session.

General FAQs About Laser Pigmentation Removal

Are there any risks or side effects with laser pigmentation removal treatment?
Normally, there is some redness after the treatment which lasts an hour or so. The pigment may look darker after the treatment and flake off over a week or two or fade under the surface of the skin over some weeks. The actual course will depend on the pigment and which laser treatment is used.
What should I do to prepare for laser pigmentation removal treatment?
Sun avoidance and protection is crucial. Some patients may be given a special prescription cream to prepare for or use after the treatment.
Are there any post care instructions after laser pigmentation removal procedures?
Usually the skin can be treated as normal but sun protection is paramount. Some patients will be given a special cream to use after the treatment.
Is the pigmentation removal treatment painful?
The sensation depends on which laser is employed and the site and size of the treatment. For some areas a local anaesthetic injection is needed and for others not. In the later case, it may feel a bit like needle-pricks. It does not hurt afterwards.

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 treatment plan