Like all lasers in the cosmetic field, it works by simply heating a target, in this case the blood in the capillaries or melanin in the brown spots, and closing off the capillary or killing the melanin producing cells. It has nothing to do with the sort of radiation treatment used to kill tumor cells by destroying the DNA so the cell can’t survive.
You bet. Just kidding. It’s more annoying than painful. Around the nose it can feel like a small rubber band being snapped on the skin. Occasionally a patient will use a topical anesthetic medicine before the treatment.
Almost never. Most just go back to work right after the treatment. It will look like a mild sunburn in the treated area for a few hours to a day. Brown spots look a little darker for a couple of weeks as the melanin works it’s way out of the skin. Occasionally there is light scabbing for 3 to 4 days.
We’ve been treating patients with this laser since 2004 and have never had a problem. There is a risk of a small area being lighter or darker than the surrounding skin, or even a small scar, although I’ve never seen this in hundreds of treatments.
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