What can I expect?
The process starts with a consultation, which is free of charge. The Doctors at Reflections Medi Aesthetics will be able to give you an estimate of the number of treatments which will be necessary to fade or remove the area of concern. The area under treatment is shaved, cooled with ice packs and a topical anesthetic gel is applied.
Energy from the MedLite laser is very well absorbed by cells containing excessive concentrations of pigment – and not well absorbed by normal tissue – so the MedLite stimulates your body to eliminate the unwanted excessive pigment while having little or no effect on other tissues or on normal skin color.
If the area to be treated has a fresh sun tan or has been treated with self-tanning lotion, it is best to wait a couple of weeks for the tan to fade before having treatment, because the tan will absorb and waste some of the laser energy intended for the pigmented lesion. A fresh sun tan could also absorb enough laser energy to increase the risk of skin irritation or blistering.
If you take alcohol or vitamin E during the week before your pigmented lesions are treated with the MedLite laser there might be a bit more bruising in the treated area.
Most people find that MedLite laser of pigmented blemishes is not particularly painful – each pulse of laser light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band, or tiny specks of hot bacon grease on the skin. There may be less discomfort if a second treatment is needed, because as the freckles and age spots fade there is less pigment to absorb laser energy.
Most patients do not require anesthesia, but ice packs, anesthetic creams or local anesthetic are used if necessary. If there is a large or sensitive area to be treated, painkiller medication can be taken to manage your pain threshold before laser treatment. No other special preparation is needed. The high power of the MedLite C6 allows large diameter, deeply penetrating laser beams to be used, and will help to speed up the resolution of your pigmented lesions.
Treatment sessions may last 15-45 minutes. After each session, cool compresses and a soothing gel is applied to the area. A pink or reddish painless discoloration of treated areas is to be expected, usually lasting several hours. You may be asked to avoid sun exposure for a short time afterward, depending upon the area treated and also to apply post treatment medi-skincare products. Specific instructions will be provided at the time of treatment.