Best Options for Laser Freckle Removal
Freckles on the face, neck and hands are usually harmless but it can be difficult to cover them up with makeup. The good news is, freckles are easy to treat with lasers, and can produce exceptional results after just a single treatment. If freckles are bothering you or affecting your self-confidence, you may be a good candidate for a cosmetic laser treatment at the dermatologist’s office.
Get in touch with a dermatologist in your area for a skin consultation. Your dermatologist will be able to recommend the best laser freckle removal treatment options available, and explain the benefits and risks associated with laser treatment.
Key Benefits of Laser Freckle Removal
Most people undergoing laser freckle removal treatments see results within three to four week after their treatment, and the procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. Some of the key benefits of laser freckle removal include:
- No anesthetic required
- Minimal damage to the skin
- Very little discomfort
- No risk of discoloration to the skin
- Freckles begin to disappear within three to four weeks after the treatment
- Procedure only takes a few minutes
- May cause a mild, pinching sensation but no pain
- Minimal after care required
How Laser Freckle Removal Works
Laser freckle removal treatments work by emitting heat and light energy onto the pigmented spots on the skin’s surface. The energy from the laser is absorbed by oxyhemoglobin and melanin, causing the complete breakdown of the darker cells while leaving healthier cells alone. The light is directed onto the skin for only a few minutes, and the patient is required to wear protective eyewear throughout the entire procedure.
The most common types of lasers used for laser freckle removal are the 532nm ND:YAG laser and the Q-Switched Ruby laser. Green light lasers are particularly effective for removing brown spots because melanin tends to pick up shorter wavelengths of light.
The laser breaks apart all of the damaged skin cells and the skin begins to peel shortly after the treatment. As the skin peels, the discolored spots and damaged skin cells fall away on their own and the darker sports will begin to fade, before they disappear. Darker spots may need to be retreated with another round of laser sessions.
It’s important to remember that some spots may reappear if they are exposed to the sun. It’s important to use sunscreen immediately after the treatment, and to protect the skin from excessive sun exposure at all times. You may need to undergo a series of laser freckle removal procedures in order to get rid of freckles completely, and these may be spaced about a month apart so that the skin has time to shed, heal and restore itself before the next treatment.
Learn more about the latest laser freckle removal treatments available by consulting with a dermatologist in your area. Your dermatologist will be able to perform a thorough skin consultation and recommend a laser treatment plan that best meets your needs.