At Health Counts, we can treat certain types of pigmented lesions using our Q-switched ruby laser or in some cases our long pulsed Alexandrite laser. The kind of lesions we can treat are those which are brown (melanin) coloured, high up in the skin and which are not raised. So for example, moles would not be suitable.
Typically, the types of pigmented lesions our lasers can remove are commonly known as age spots, liver spots, freckles, café au lait marks and solar lentigines. These are all usually found on the face and hands, arms and legs and are a result of sun damage.
The method by which the laser removes the pigment is known as selective photothermolysis. Essentially, this means that the light produced by the laser is at a wavelength which is preferentially absorbed by melanin pigment. Thus melanin in the pigmented lesion is caused to heat up and break down within the skin, then peel off over subsequent days. This reduces its brown appearance.
Our Medical Director, GMC registered Dr Sandy De ‘Ath is the clinician who conducts all of our pigmented lesion removal treatments. The next step would be to arrange an initial consultation (no charge) so we can assess your lesions and you can ask us any questions you might have.