When summer’s rays touch your skin, they stimulate the cells which create melanin, causing them to release the chemical and darken your skin. This is the body’s natural defense against harmful UV rays. In some cases, however, those melanin-producing cells are overstimulated, resulting in dark spots. Left untreated, dark spots can spread. In any case, dark spots should be checked by a dermatologist to rule out the possibility of skin cancer.
Dark Spots and More
Laser removal treatment is effective on more than just hyperpigmented skin. It can be used to reduce the look of fine lines, surgery and other scars, and even tattoo removal. Lasers can be used to stimulate the fibroblasts in the dermis, encouraging the skin to create more collagen and elastin. The renewal stimulated by the laser results in fresher, smoother, younger-looking skin. Lasers can be used to minimize the rough texture of acne scarring and are often used to smooth surgical scars and stretch marks. They can even be used to minimize and remove redness from broken capillaries under the skin.
What to Expect at your Appointment
The treatment takes only about 15 to 20 minutes, depending upon the extensiveness of the area to be treated and depth of the spots. The sensation from the laser pulse is often compared to a snap from a thin rubber band against the skin. Although the discomfort is minimal, your doctor will apply a numbing cream to the skin before the treatment begins.
Laser Treatment After Care
Following your appointment, the treated area may be tender and slightly sore. Take over the counter pain relief if necessary, and avoid the sun for at least several days. If you must go outside, even on cloudy days, be sure to use sunscreen. There may be some minor discoloration and swelling, similar to that related to a minor sunburn, but you can resume normal activities almost immediately.
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