As the largest and most exposed organ of the human body, the skin is very sensitive to change, damage, and pigment problems.
Many people are born with pigmentary lesions of some kind or another, and most people acquire them as they age. In many cases, these lesions are small and may be hardly noticeable, in others, they can be serious or even disfiguring.
With modern laser, such as the SPECTRA XT, the majority of these pigmented lesions can be treated and often completely removed.
Pigmented lesions are usually abnormal concentrations of melanin in melanosomes with melanocytes or ascending daughter keratinocytes. By fracturing the melanosomes into microscopic particles, the body’s natural phagocytotic reactions can be stimulated and this enables macrophages to remove the exposed and damaged pigment particles.
There are three wavelengths available in q-switch mode. Traditionally the 1064nm and 532nm have been used.
More recently the introduction of the 660nm RuVy Touch (Ruby-like versatile YAG) where there is less damage to superficial blood vessels with reduced side effects due to inflammation or aggressive reactions and reduced possibility of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This allows treatment of darker and Asian skins with more confidence where they had lesions that could not be treated with more traditional methods such as IPL.
We are also able to treat both epidermal and dermal lesions.
- Solar lentigines (age spots).
- Seborrheic keratosis (age warts).
- Café-au-lait spots.
- Nevus spilus.
- Beckker’s nevus.
- Nevus of Ota.
There is little or no discomfort associated with this procedure.
The lesions will typically be red and inflamed. An ointment and dressing may be applied. A crust will form and separate from the normal skin after 3 to 4 days.
Typically, for superficial and darker lesion, only one treatment may be required. Several treatments spaced at least 4 weeks apart may be needed for deeper and more stubborn lesions.
Due to the advanced technology, we are able to treat most skin types. However, extra caution is taken on skin types that are typically more at risk of possible complications. This may simply involve a test patch.