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FAQ – Laser Skin Treatment

How does the laser work?

The lasers emit a beam of light that is absorbed by melanin (pigment) in the skin and blood in the vessel. This will either break down the melanin or collapse the blood vessel, getting rid of pigmented lesions (age spots, sun spots, seborrheic keratoses, freckles, dermatosis papulosis nigra) and vascular lesions ( facial spider veins, cherry angiomas, spider angiomas, broken capillaries, rosacea).

What is a pigmented lesion?

Melanin is the dark pigment in the skin and is produced by melanocytes (cells). Pigmented lesions occur when an abundance of melanocytes are found in the skin. When dark pigment multiplies it forms freckles, brown age spots and other pigmented lesions.

What is a vascular lesion?

A vascular lesion is formed by abnormally large or numerous blood vessels located directly under the surface of the skin. These vessels may be visible through the skin or result in a red appearance of the skin. Spider veins (telangiectasia) are the most common lesions. Most people feel that these dilated vessels or capillaries detract from their appearance.

What should patients expect?

Treatment may vary, depending upon patient characteristics and the area being treated. Eyewear is placed to protect the eyes. A hand piece is used to direct the laser beam to the specific area. There can be some redness which usually goes away in two to three hours and edema, if any, may last one to two days. Final treatment results should be evident within 20-30 days for vascular lesions and 10-21 days for pigmented lesions. Results for acne vary. Sunscreen must be worn after the treatment.

What conditions are treated with the laser?

  1. Vascular lesions

    Telangiectasias – commonly known as facial spider veins or broken blood vessels or capillaries.

    Cherry angiomas – slightly raised red spots

    Rosacea – red facial lesions around the nose and cheek causing a sunburned look

  2. Pigmented lesions

    Lentigenes – flat, brown spot on the skin also called age spots or sun spots

    Keratoses – slightly raised brown spots often found on the back and hands but also on the face

    Freckles- a brownish spot on the skin common on people with fair skin

    Dermatosis papulosis nigra – small, black marks seen primarily on people of Asian descent

  3. Fine wrinkles

  4. Acne

Who performs the procedure?

Medical Director of Reflections Medi Aesthetics Clinic, Dr. Suresh Mahtani or one of our Medical staff Doctors, perform all laser skin treatments to ensure quality of care

How many treatments are required?

Some lesions and cases of acne go away after one treatment but for optimal cosmetic results, three to four sessions may be required. This is particularly true for Rosacea and continuing sun damage, which may require maintenance sessions once a year.