Frequently Asked Questions
- What causes pigmented lesions? Pigmented lesions, birthmarks, brown spots, and age spots are created from an excessive concentration of melanin in the skin. Melanin is what gives our skin its color. Everyone has a different amount of melanin in his or her skin. High concentrations of melanin can be due to various factors. Some types are present at birth, bur most occur with age or because of overexposure to the suns damaging rays.
- Which pigmented lesions can be treated with laser? The most commonly treated conditions are solar lesions, also known as "age spots", " liver spots", or "sun spots", birth marks & freckles. These benign pigmented lesions are due to an excess of pigment in the skin, usually due to sunlight exposure and congenital factors. Age spots may appear as enlarge light freckles on the face and hands. Birthmarks may as light brown markings anywhere on the body and can be quite large.
- Are the results permanent? Most pigmented lesions if completely removed will not return. At times, however, sun exposure may cause spots to return. Permanence can not be guaranteed. You will also have continue to develop more age spots and freckles with time, and the appearance of these new lesions should not be confused with recurrence.
- How many treatments are required? The number of treatments depends on the lesion being treated. Solar lesions require 1-3 treatments whereas birthmarks and freckles can take up to 12 treatments. Recommended treatment intervals are 1 month.