Laser Pigmentation and Sun Damage Treatment

Excessive skin pigmentation is a result of the production of melanin. This excessive pigmentation can be the result of a number of causes including excessive sun exposure, hormones, skin trauma, and congenital conditions.

This unsightly pigmentation can now be treated effectively with lasers. The type of treatment used will be dependent on the type of pigmentation. Different lasers are used for different types of skin pigmentation and skin types.

The IPL technology works by lasers targeting cells and causes damage to the area. This damage promotes a wound-healing response in the skin, without a major tissue build-up. After treatment, the skin begins to rapidly produce new skin cells, which replace old and damaged areas of skin.

C02 Lasers can provide dramatic improvements for sunspots and offer long-lasting results with the least amount of treatment. The intensity of the laser is adjusted on an individual basis and thus offers the practitioner a wide range of flexibility in minimizing the appearance of sun damage on the skin.

Fractional Laser uses pinpoint, computer-guided precision to create micro-channels in the skin. This initiates the body’s healing response by stimulating new collagen and elastin production, while the surrounding skin remains intact for rapid healing. Fraxel laser offers a less invasive wrinkle reduction treatment, while also targeting scars and discolouration, giving you fresher , more evenly coloured skin.

Laser facial rejuvenation is an outpatient procedure, meaning you’ll not have to stay overnight. You may have sections treated individually or treat your entire face and chest. For some areas, you may be numbed on the areas with a local anesthetic cream.

Treating sections of the face takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes. A full-face treatment takes up to two hours. Swelling after laser skin resurfacing is normal. Sleeping on an extra pillow at night can ease this swelling.

Each treatment varies, so you will need to discuss with your laser practitioner as to how long your recovery (downtime is). Depending on the type of laser used and the amount of treatment you have had will influence the recovery period greatly. As a guideline, you can expect all facial skin to be recovered within a week to ten days.

Risks and Complications
  • Potential risks of laser rejuvenation procedure include:
  • Burns or other injuries from the laser’s heat
  • Scarring
  • Changes in the skin’s pigmentation, including areas of darker or lighter skin
  • Reactivating herpes cold sores
  • Bacterial infection
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Get your skin beautiful and ready for summer! September 20, 2018 - There are several non-surgical procedures and treatments that can get rid of dry, old skin (always more of a problem after winter!), some of them more effective and popular than others. How do you know which one is right for you? To start with you need to make sure your clinic or practitioner has the right training and experience, and is suitably skilled to give you the right advice. Dr Gavin Sandercoe, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon, offers several of these treatments at his skin clinic in Bella Vista NSW and chatted to us about which ones are most popular at this time of the year to get your skin ready for summer. Chemical Peels Peels are amazing to get rid of the outer layer of dead skin that builds up over time and gives your skin a more youthful appearance. Dr Sandercoe says, “Chemical Peels stimulate faster cell turn-over, pushing healthier layers of skin to the surface while the older skin cells are shed. This results in a more youthful appearance to the skin. There are three types of chemical peels we offer: Lactobotanical Peels (Lactic Acid) – this peel has particular advantages over glycolic acid peels, including less irritation […]
Enhancing surgical results with non-surgical procedures September 20, 2018 - Dr George Marcells is renowned for being a Master of Rhinoplasty and is one of Australia’s leading surgeons for the Deep Plane Facelift, but he is also a big believer in non-surgical treatments to enhance the results of any surgery. Like many surgeons around the country now offering non-surgical treatments to complement their surgical procedures, Dr Marcells’ clinic includes LED light and energy based treatments and he chatted to us about why they should be considered an important part of any plastic and cosmetic surgery journey. Preparing the skin for surgery It is well known that for any facial surgery it is best to have your skin in optimum condition before undergoing the procedure. Whether it’s a facelift, neck lift, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty or any other procedure, having healthy skin that looks its best is going to enhance the results of any surgery. While a healthy diet and a good skincare regime is also important, non-surgical treatments such as LED light can also help a great deal. Dr Marcells tells us why. “LED light has varying wavelengths of electromagnetic light that can stimulate several health benefits for the skin not only allowing it to heal better after any surgical procedure but […]
Skin Rejuvenation Results with the Infini and LaseMD – a podcast with Dr Steven Weiner June 22, 2018 - I love catching up with Dr Steven Weiner at the Non-Surgical Symposium every year. Dr Weiner has performed more Infini treatments than any other practitioner in the world – he and his patients absolutely love this treatment, but I wanted to talk to Dr Weiner about the results he’s been getting using both the Infini and the LaseMD combined, and the fact that he has patients from all over the world travelling to see him for him to treat their acne scarring. Trish: Hey listeners it’s Trish again from Transforming Bodies, and today I’m here with Dr. Steven Weiner. Dr. Weiner is actually heading up the Aesthetic Clinique, which is a medical clinic dedicated to cosmetic enhancements, with it’s flagship location in Redfish Village in Santa Rosa Beach Florida. Dr. Weiner’s done the most Infini procedures in the entire world. So today we’re gonna talk about the Infini and we’re also gonna talk about the LaseMD as well and as a combined modality. So welcome and thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me again. Dr. Weiner: Well thank you. This is about one year anniversary of our first interview. Trish: Oh I know. I know […]
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Pastelle Tattoo Removal Pastelle Q-Switch and Tattoo Removal February 2, 2017 - For many people tattooing their body is a work of art. There is a huge contingent of women and men who love their tattoos and embrace and grow with them as they move into the older stages of their lives. They continue to get more at significant moments in their lives, or just because they love the look and/or symbolism. However, for some of us, whilst it seemed to be a good idea when we were young, wild, free, brave and super cool, all of a sudden we regret our decision earlier in life to get a tattoo. There are several reasons why men and women wish they could get rid of tattoos: Social stigma or pressure Changes in the body, ageing process Job or career with a strict company policy Embarrassment New partner’s preferences Forgetting ex-partner (nothing worse than having your ex tattooed on your bum!) Other personal reasons What are the ways we can get rid of tattoos? High-intensity, short-pulse width lasers facilitate in removing stubborn tattoos by breaking up the pigment under the skin. The one we’re going to talk about today is Pastelle. Also regarded as effective in treating other issues with the skin such as […]
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Cryomed Pastelle Laser Pastelle January 19, 2015 - There are so many lasers on the market it is hard to keep up with which one is the best and which machine does what. Well today I wanted to introduce you to the Pastelle Q Switch Nd:LYAG laser. After learning a little bit about the incredible technology behind this laser… you hopefully wont be so confused anymore. The Pastelle is designed specifically for the general treatment of pigmentation, toning, acne, acne scarring, tattoo removal and many more procedures as well as performing soft laser peel and FR peel for treating wrinkles and enlarged pores. The Pastelle Laser is so versatile in treatments because it comes with three major modes and wavelengths; 1064nm, 532nm and an additional Free Running Mode. The Free Running mode is a rapid free flow laser mode, which is great for the treatment of anti-aging signs such as wrinkles, pore size and whitening. The 1064nm laser treats pigmented lesions in the dermal layer – this includes treatments such as all colour tattoo removal and melisma. Whilst the 532nm laser works in shorter wavelengths and its high melanin absorption characteristics enables it to treat pigmented lesions in the epidermal such as freckles and age spots. Now because […]

Laser Pigmentation and Sun Damage Treatments


Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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