Almost everyone has a pigmented lesion of some type. These areas of the skin contain especially high concentrations of melanin and are typically caused by an excess of pigment commonly due to sun exposure, aging or congenital factors. Pigmented lesions vary widely in size, shape and depth. Some are no bigger than a fingertip or even a pinhead, while others may be as large as a hand and occur in such conspicuous places as the face, neck or arms. For most benign pigmented lesions that are of a cosmetic concern, there is a non-surgical safe and effective option using elos IPL and laser treatments for removal of different pigmented lesions.
What conditions can be treated?
- sun spots
- age spots
- mask of pregnancy
- multiple freckles
All these “Brown”, melanin based conditions of the skin improve.
Before the Pigmented Lesions treatment
- The patient should avoid skin irritation or intentional skin tanning 3 weeks prior to treatment.
- The patient should discontinue any irritant topical agents for 2-3 days prior to treatment.
- The patient should arrive for treatment with clean skin. There should be no lotion, make-up, perfume, powder or bath/shower oil present on the skin in the area to be treated.
After the Pigmented Lesions treatment
- During the first two days following treatment, care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated site.
- The patient should use high factor sunscreen (30 SPF) and protect the treated area from sunlight. Tanning after treatment may cause hyperpigmentation.
- The number of treatment sessions depends on the individual patient and typically varies between one and five sessions, every 3-4 weeks. Severely damaged skin may need more sessions.
- One touch-up session may be needed about 1-3 times a year, according to individual natural physiological processes.
- Excessively tanned skin from sun, tanning beds or tanning creams within last the 3 weeks.
- Current or history of skin cancer, as well as any other type of cancer, or premalignant moles.
- Severe concurrent conditions, such as cardiac disorders.
- Impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases such as AIDS and HIV, or use of immunosuppressive medications.
- Diseases which may be stimulated by light at the wavelengths used, such as history of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Porphyria, and Epilepsy.
- Patients with a history of diseases stimulated by heat, such as recurrent Herpes Simplex in the treatment area, may be treated only following a prophylactic regime.
- Any active condition in the treatment area, such as sores, psoriasis eczema, and rash.
- History of skin disorders, keloids, abnormal wound healing, as well as very dry and fragile skin.
- History of bleeding coagulopathies, or use of anticoagulants.
- Use of medication and herbs known to induce photosensitivity to light exposure at the wavelengths used, such as Isotretinoin (Accutane) within the last 6 months, tetracyclines, or St. John’s Wort within the last 2 weeks.
- Facial laser resurfacing and deep chemical peeling within the last 3 months, if face is treated.
- Any surgical procedure in the treatment area within the last 3 months or before complete healing.