Pigmentation Removal

A great life can leave you with a lot of memories. Unfortunately, along the way we often acquire a few age spots and sun spots. Our advanced Cynosure® Elite+™ laser can quickly clear these unwanted spots anywhere on your body including your face and hands. It’s a quick and easy treatment that will provide a more youthful appearance.

Pigmented Lesions

If you have some sort of skin discoloration, you’re not alone. In fact, facial brown spots and discoloration are the top reasons for cosmetic visits to dermatologists. Although you may have tried and failed with previous efforts to erase pigment, newer technologies have resulted in some remarkable outcomes. Laser treatments represent a breakthrough in age-defying skin care that treats skin non-invasively.

What are pigmented lesions?

Pigmentation is the color in your skin produced by melanin, a natural pigment that also determines eye and hair color. However, if too much melanin is produced in one area, the result is a brown patch on your skin. Too much melanin can result from:

  •  Sun exposure

  •  Aging

  •  Heredity or congenital factors

 

Common pigmented lesions include:

  •  Age Spots or “Liver” Spots: Smaller darkened patches usually on older adults who have been exposed to the sun for many years. These spots can be seen on the face, forearms and backs of hands.

  •  Post-inflammatory Hyper-Pigmentation: This type of hyper-pigmentation results from any inflammatory injury or trauma to the skin. For example, acne often leaves dark discoloration after a blemish heals. Rashes like psoriasis and eczema often darken the skin as well.

Pigmented lesions can vary in size, shape and depth. Some are no bigger than a fingertip or even a pinhead, while others may be as large as a hand and occur in conspicuous places such as the face, neck or arms. They can be either raised or flat and are usually a cosmetic rather than a medical concern. However, all pigmented lesions need to be looked at prior to treatment to confirm. During your consultation we will determine if your pigmented lesions are safe to treat.

How Does it Work?

  • Gentle pulses of energy target the pigment within the skin.  

  • The pigment absorbs this energy and is destroyed.

  • The body’s own natural healing processes then clears away the cells and replaces them with new, healthy tissue.

BEFORE & AFTER

FAQ

What areas can be treated?


The face, chest, arms and hands are the most common areas treated.




What type of result can I expect?


Expect to see a gradual improvement of both tone and texture several days/weeks after treatment.




How long does the treatment take?


Treatment times depend on the size of the area but typically take 15-20 minutes.




What will it feel like?


Treatments are very well tolerated. Many clients describe the treatment as a ‘warm sensation’ or the snap of a rubber band.




How many treatments will I need?


This will often depend on the pigmented lesion you have. For some brown spots, only a single treatment is needed, for others, a series of treatments may be recommended. Often you will see improvements within a couple weeks, with further improvements on subsequent treatments until you have achieved the over-all improvement you desire.




When can I resume my daily activities?


Typically, there is no downtime and you can return to your daily activities immediately following the procedure.




How long will it take?


The procedure typically takes less than 20 minutes to perform depending on the size of the area or number of pigmented lesions being treated. Often you will see great results after the first treatment session but 2-3 sessions may be required for optimal outcomes.




What do I need to do before a treatment?


You will need to avoid the sun, tanning beds and self-tanning creams and lotions prior to treatment. There may be some medications that you will need to avoid and your physician will cover these during your consultation.




What will happen after the procedure?


Some patients experience a mild sunburn sensation for a short time after the procedure. We may apply some ice immediately following your treatment to help minimize this. The pigmented lesions will darken over the next few days. The area will look a bit “dirty” or dark for about a week. Over this time, the treated skin will slough off, revealing fresh new skin.




Am I a candidate?


Our laser specialists can give you a consultation and talk with you about your skin type to confirm if you would be a good candidate for this treatment.





SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Speak to one of our specialists to discuss which areas you want to improve and to determine the best treatment for you.

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Reading Cosmetic Clinic

15 Friar Street, Reading RG1 1DB

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Monday and Wednesday: 8:30am - 7:00pm

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