Laser Dark Spot Removal: How Does It Work?
What are Dark Spots?
Dark skin spots such as age spots, liver spots, sunspots, or birthmarks are caused by an overproduction of melanin. Melanin is the skin pigment responsible for darker skin. This overproduction is catalyzed by overexposure to UV light.
This can be from both the sun and unnatural sources such as tanning beds. This hyperpigmentation mostly begins to appear during middle age, but is caused by overexposure earlier on in life, particularly for those that did not use sunblock or those that burned often. For the most part dark spots are harmless, although some could be indicators of cancer.
If you do not like the look of these dark spots on your skin, there are some options for you. One option is laser treatment to remove the dark spots.
Laser Treatment to Get Rid of Dark Spots
Laser treatment to treat dark spots may seem like a science fiction story, but technology has progressed to the point where it is possible. The treatment can be tailored to you. When making a treatment plan, we consider the nature of the spot, both in terms of pigment and size as well as the tone of your skin.
How does it work?
Laser dark spot removal is fairly simple. The lasers are aimed at the targeted area of the skin and beamed in. These lasers create heat, and the heat energy works to break up the dark pigments that have collected in that spot. Once broken up the pigments are small enough for the body’s immune system to naturally dispose of them.
Over time following the treatment the dark spots will fade until they disappear. This treatment can be applied to anywhere on the body. There may be some swelling or redness following treatment, but that will fade quickly and then your skin will be left glowing and beautiful.
The technology we use is called the Venus Viva™. The FDA-cleared, clinically proven Venus Viva™ works to improve the overall texture of your skin by addressing a wide range of common concerns.
These concerns include wrinkles, discoloration, acne scarring, and stretch marks. With regards to discoloration and specifically dark spot removal, the Venus Viva™ employs its laser technology to apply heat accurately and delicately to the target spot. The surrounding areas of skin are not damaged, because the dark pigmentation absorbs the lasers, while the lighter surrounding skin reflects them.
The Venus Viva™ takes comfort seriously but does not sacrifice when it comes to results. In fact, most people do not report any sort of discomfort. Those that do feel some discomfort report it as mild. People describe the sensation as a rubber band snapping on the skin. A mild numbing cream can be applied prior to the treatment if you think pain will be an issue for you.
How many sessions do I need?
For laser dark spot removal sessions typically take around 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the area of the skin being targeted. The number of sessions needed will depend on the severity of the spots being targeted. Some may need only one session, where others will need more. The best way to determine the number of sessions is to visit your nearest LightRx and speak with someone in a consultation.
What is the typical downtime?
The great thing about laser dark spot removal is that it is not an invasive treatment or involves any surgery. Among other positives, this means that you avoid any scarring or possible infections that could come with surgery.
In addition, this means that it comes with no downtime. You can leave our medspa and return to your normal activities. The main thing is upkeep following the treatment. You might have to avoid makeup for a while following the treatment, as well as making sure you avoid any more UV damage.
To do this might have to avoid direct exposure to sunlight for a short period, as well as avoiding tanning beds. You should also use UV protection such as sunscreen.
What is the next step?
Schedule a consultation! If you are interested in receiving laser dark spot removal treatment, then you might be interested in our other skin rejuvenation treatments. The Venus Viva™ does a great job at all sorts of skin resurfacing.
Skin resurfacing is safe for men and women and terrific for treating acne scars, fine lines, surface irregularities, sun damage, freckles, loose skin, diminished tone, and texture. If you would like to learn more be sure to schedule a consultation.
The best way to know exactly what treatment is right for you is by calling us at 877-721-4547 and scheduling a consultation in one of our offices. These consultations take as little as 30 minutes and are private one on one consultations with the clinic director.