Most people will generally need 2-3 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart for the best results. Larger and darker spots may require more treatments.
Depending on your skin type and the setting of the laser, you can expect an area of puffiness and redness where the spot was and an initial darkening of the spot. There are no limitations to your activities after treatment, you may swim and shower as usual. It is imperative to apply sunscreen to prevent recurrence in the treated area.
Most patients report a stinging and burning sensation during the treatment, which resolves almost immediately afterwards. If you have particularly sensitive skin, we will be able to provide a prescription strength anesthetic cream to minimize your discomfort.
We use a Q-switched laser which specifically targets pigment in the dermis and epidermis. The darkened pigment of the spots is selectively absorbed by the correct wavelength of light and shattered.
A solar lentigo, which is the medical term for a sun or liver spot, is a condition commonly seen in both primary care and dermatologist’s offices. Experienced practitioners are able to make this diagnosis with their eyes or with the use of a magnifier. If you are interested in having a sun spot removed, you will need to make an appointment with our doctor to make sure that it is a benign lesion, which can be treated with our laser. If we think that your spot is not a lentigo, but something that warrants a biopsy, we will be happy to refer you to a dermatologist.