The Nd:YAG Laser has been the true workhorse in removing well-defined brown spots for more than a decade. Most patients require only one treatment and the results are dramatic. Unlike the FotoFacial or IPL treatment, there is some mild irritation to the skin which usually lasts a few days to a week. Patients with melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or those with more diffuse hyperpigmentation and brown discoloration should choose other options.
- Removes brown age and liver spots (lentigines)
- Removes freckles
- Removes tattoos
- Removes brown birthmarks and Nevus of Ota
- Usually one - two treatments
- Minor irritation to skin only
- Minimal risk
A Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser creates a special wavelength of light that is absorbed by the pigmented lesions. The light vibrates and shatters the pigment breaking the melanin into micro-particles thus lightening up the lesion.
The spot turns gray or white for a few minutes which is a natural response of the skin as it absorbs the energy. The spot then darkens and slough off completely within one to two weeks.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient.