Laser Pigmentation Removal

We all love to spend time outdoors, but as we get older we can develop excess pigmentation in the form of age spots, skin sun spots or freckles. Excessive exposure to sunlight, environmental factors, hormones, injuries, medications, acne and your skin type may all contribute to the development of dark spots, hyper pigmentation and freckles. In addition, brown patches known as Melasma can appear on the face due to hormonal changes during pregnancy. Pigmentation is usually first noticeable on the hands, as we tend to forget to apply sun protection to our hands over our lifetimes. The skin of the face, neck and décolleté are also places where signs of ageing show earlier, as they also receive heavy sun expose.(Note: if hyper pigmentation is found in areas that are not normally exposed to the sun, it’s advisable to have this checked out by a doctor.)

If you’re wondering how to get rid of sunspots, freckles or other types of pigmentation, Medix Skincare & Laser Clinic can help. We offer pigmentation removal using the UltraPlus VPL laser system. Treatments at our sunspot clinic are safe and non-invasive and work by inducing a healing response which lightens the appearance of pigmented skin without damaging it.

What is VPL Laser Pigmentation / Freckle Removal?

VPL laser pigmentation removal is designed so that each light pulse consists of a sequence of rapid shorter pulses. These variable pulses ensure controlled absorption of laser light by the melanin in the skin, while the surrounding skin remains cool. The excess melanin in the hyper-pigmented area is broken down and cleared away by the waste disposal system of the body.

VPL laser produces excellent results for the face, hands and décolleté. Our sun damage treatment not only clears pigmentation and thread veins, but will also remove freckles and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The heat stimulates the skin to go into “repair mode”, whereby the increase in blood flow to the region brings in fresh supplies of oxygen and nutrients to the cells and stimulates the production of collagen.

What Happens During VPL Laser Pigmentation Removal?

Written consent from a doctor is essential before commencing laser pigmentation removal or laser freckle removal. First, the treated area is cleared of make-up and hairs. A cooling gel is then applied in order to provide the required optical coupling and to maintain cooling on the skin being treated. The VPL laser hand piece is then passed over the skin of the targeted area with no pressure. During the skin pigmentation treatment, a bright light of the laser is released. This light travels through the skin and heats the dermal tissues without disruption or removal of the outer epidermal layers of the skin. This results in a visible reduction in unwanted pigmentation.

The longer wavelengths of the VPL laser light penetrate deeply, stimulating the cells to produce extra collagen which leads to a tightening of overly pigmented areas. Depending on your skin sensitivity, you may experience a slight stinging sensation in the area treated during the procedure, but there is far less discomfort than with laser or IPL treatments.

Since the light is strongly absorbed by the melanin in the epidermis, laser pigmentation treatment is only suitable for people with skin types 1-4 with no significant tan. If the pigment in question is due to sun damage, as on the back of the hands and the décolleté, then it should easily respond, along with superficial freckles. Pigment sitting deeper in the dermis is not likely to respond.

The hands, arms and décolleté usually respond well to laser sun spot removal. After about half an hour, the treated areas will start to darken. By 24 hours, they will turn even darker and may crust before gradually fading or flaking until the pigments have disappeared or lightened. The area is renewed after 10 to 14 days.

Are There Any Contraindications for VPL or Laser Treatment?

  • Taking Accutane or similar medication
  • Taking blood thinning medication
  • Pregnancy or breast feeding during the first few months
  • Any injectable or fillers in the last 72 hours
  • Cold sore or fever blister without premedication
  • Facial peels or waxing within 7 to 14 days
  • Having type I diabetes
  • Recent sun exposure or spray tanning or solarium
  • Skin cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Photosensitising drugs
  • Wearing a pacemaker
  • Allergies
  • Lack of skin temperature

How Many VPL Laser Pigmentation Treatments Are Recommended?

Sometimes one session is sufficient, but three or four may be required spaced at least 4 weeks apart.

What Should I Do Before and After VPL Pigmentation or Freckle Removal?

A doctor’s written consent is required before the treatment can be given.

It’s important to avoid direct sun exposure, spray tanning or sun beds for 6 weeks before and after the treatment. If being exposed to the sun is unavoidable, a high SPF sunscreen should be applied. You should also avoid waxing, peeling or any kind of skin resurfacing for 2 to 3 weeks before and after your pigmentation or freckle removal in Melbourne.

Don’t do any heavy or sweaty workouts within 24 hours of the treatment, and don’t have a hot shower for 24 hours. Treated areas should be cared for by gentle washing with soap and water without scrubbing or rubbing. Don’t scratch or pick the area, as this can lead to scars. Don’t apply any make-up until swelling and discomfort is resolved, and don’t do the dishes for 3 to 4 days after pigmentation or sunspot removal on the hands. It’s also recommended that you wear cotton gloves for driving.

Are There Any Side Effects of VPL Laser Treatment?

The pigmented areas will darken immediately or during the first few hours and will remain dark for a few days before being shed from the skin surface. Following your pigmentation or skin sun spots treatment, you may feel quite sunburnt and the treated area may be red for up to several hours. Some clients may experience swelling which goes away within a few days. Treated pigmented areas may develop a crust, which can last from 3 days to 2-3 weeks. A cool compress immediately after treatment will relieve any swelling or burnt feeling. Applying a cooling gel such as aloe vera or tea tree can help, but don’t use any products with anti-inflammatory properties, as these can interfere with the pigmentation removal process. Taking antioxidants and vitamins A, E and C can be beneficial.

Make an Appointment at Our Pigmentation & Sunspot Clinic Today

To make an appointment for sun spot removal, laser freckle removal or pigmentation treatment, call Medix Skincare & Laser Clinic today on (03) 9686 0003. Our friendly staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about our treatments.