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.
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.
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.
Some lesions may require further treatment for complete resolution. This could be done six weeks after the initial session.
As well as the Diolite laser, the PicoWay® laser treatment is sometimes used to treat larger pigmented lesions.
Pigmented lesions, such as dark birthmarks, naevi of Ota and, café-au-lait spots can be treated with PicoWay® laser.
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.
Lesions may require further treatment for complete resolution. This could be done six weeks after the initial session.