The Candela GentleLase laser is most commonly used for removing brown age spots, freckles and many types of brown birthmarks. Our Therapist will identify your specific type of lesion and discuss the removal success rate associated with it.
PLEASE NOTE: Our laser cannot be used for the removal of lesions that are cancerous or suspected of being cancerous. If there is any suspicion that the lesion may be cancerous, we will strongly recommend that you consult a Dermatologist without delay.
Can Laser remove my normal skin pigment also?
Yes, for a short period of time.
The laser light was designed to selectively target dark concentrations of melanin. However, after the abnormal concentrations of melanin have been treated, some whitening of the surrounding skin can occur. Be assured that your body’s natural regenerative process will replace the normal melanin after a period of time, returning the skin to its natural colour.
Does it hurt?
The level of discomfort is different for every person depending on sensitivity; other considerations include the location and surface area to be treated. Most clients do not request any pain control during treatment and relate the discomfort as comparable to mild sunburn. Our expert consultant will discuss your options with you based upon your own tolerance and the body area to be treated.
How does it look afterwards?
After the treatment, the area will feel hot, similar to a slight sunburn, sometimes for up to several hours. Discomfort disappears over the next few hours, a scab or crust will develop over the area, and this looks darker than the original lesion. This will last between 8-14 days depending on the size and site (longer on arms and legs). When the scab comes off, the area will be pink for another couple of weeks and then will return to its final colour.
What sized area can be covered in one treatment?
Around 50% of all common pigmented lesions are removed with one treatment. If a lesion covers a large area, our expert consultant may advise you to treat the area in several stages, to avoid unnecessary discomfort.
What are the possible unwanted effects of Laser treatment?
Lasers have been around for decades and are proven to be safe and approved for use. Occasionally, we see some mild unwanted effects including redness, swelling, and light bruising of the treated area. These side effects typically endure for only a few days, less frequently there may be a more noticeable change in skin pigmentation after treatment. The skin generally returns to its normal condition within a few weeks.
Can the excess pigmentation come back?
Common pigmented lesions do not return. Some lesions may return after a period of several months to a year. However, the procedure can be repeated with similar results. The conditions that we treat vary in extent and severity from client to client. Consequently, each client response to any treatment does vary, and we are unable to guarantee individual results.
What type of post-treatment care is necessary?
Absolutely no sunbathing or sun-bed exposure!
Since most common pigmented lesions are caused by exposure to ultraviolet sunrays, it is imperative that you always use sunscreen, which is a broad spectrum physical block. Avoid scrubbing the treated area until the scabs have healed. Failure to apply sunscreen will allow further sun damage to occur and result in new pigmented lesions.