Pigment Specific Laser
Pigmented lesions, such as freckles, sunspots, and certain types of brown birthmarks can be treated with a variety of pigment-specific lasers and light-based devices. These are also the lasers that are used to lighten unwanted tattoos. Since freckles and sunspots may be seen with fine lines and wrinkles, pigment-specific laser treatments can be performed at the same time as other treatments available to improve the look of sun-damaged skin. However, it is important to evaluate the skin before treatment and accurately diagnose the specific type of brown spot, whether it be a freckle, sunspot, or mole.
The board-certified dermatologists at Capital Laser & Skin Care will thoroughly evaluate your pigmented spots to determine which types of brown spots are appropriate for treatment. Once sunspots are lightened, the skin looks more radiant, even-toned, youthful, and vibrant.
*Individual results may vary.
What to Expect During a Pigment-Specific Laser Treatment at Capital Laser & Skin Care
Treatment of pigmented spots usually takes just a few minutes to perform. Most patients feel a light, snapping sensation during treatment. After treatment, the spots are red and resemble bug bites for approximately one day. Then the treated spots turn darker and flake off between three to five days after treatment. Makeup can be applied over the treated areas. Although good improvement is expected after a single treatment, many patients will require more than one treatment for the best results. It is important to protect the skin afterward with a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF30 and minimize sun exposure to maintain the best results.
Interested in learning more about our pigment-specific laser treatments? We would love to speak with you. Please fill out the form on this page to request a consultation or call our Chevy Chase, MD office today at (301) 798-9699 to schedule your private consultation at our laser and cosmetic dermatology center, located just blocks away from Washington, D.C.