Pigmented Lesion and Tattoo Removal with the ND: Yag Laser
Advanced laser technologies now allow us to effectively treat unwanted pigment within the skin. The ND: Yag Laser is capable of treating pigmented lesions and unwanted tattoos with a minimal risk of scarring and no downtime. Discomfort is minimal, and the healing process is 1 –2 weeks. Please consult with Dr.Patel to determine whether these procedures could be right for you.
Age Spots, Freckles, Brown Spots & Birthmarks
Melanin is what gives our skin its color. Unwanted pigmentation is simply melanin which is abnormally concentrated in one area of the skin. Unwanted pigmented lesions can be successfully lightened or removed with the ND: Yag laser. The laser emits a powerful pulse of light which passes through the skin and breaks apart the abnormal concentration of melanin.
At least 80% of all common pigmented lesions are removed with one treatment, however, this can vary depending on the size and color of the lesion. since this procedure can be slightly uncomfortable, we recommend a topical anesthetic cream to help reduce your discomfort. Post treatment, the areas may take on a “bruised” appearance for 1-2 weeks which will gradually fade. Treated areas need to be protected from sun exposure. Since most pigmented lesions are caused by exposure to ultraviolet sun rays, it is important to always wear sunblock. Failure to wear protective sunblock will allow further sun damage to occur and result in new or return of pigmented lesions.
Ink tattoos can now safely be removed with a minimal risk of scarring. Whether you have professionally applied or amateur tattoos, the ND: Yag laser can successfully lighten, or remove unwanted ink. On the average, professional tattoos require 5 to 6 treatments, while amateur tattoos require 2 to 4 treatments spaced two months apart.
The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used and the depth of the ink in the skin. Dark inks, such as blue and black, respond best to the laser. Reds and purples also respond well. Yellow and green inks are the most difficult to remove.
The discomfort of this procedure can be lessened by the application of a topical anesthetic cream. This cream should be applied thickly to the area 1 to 2 hours prior to the treatment and covered with a piece of plastic wrap. Post-treatment there might be some pinpoint bleeding and slight soreness of the treated area.