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Pigmentation effects everyone in different ways, some being more visible than others. Age spots, freckles, and various birthmarks are just a few of the commonly known marks generally referred to as pigmented lesions. Many are quite conspicuous, and can easily detract from your skin’s natural beauty.
What causes these unwanted pigmented lesions?
Melanin is what gives our skin its color. The amount of melanin in your skin determines if you have a light or dark complexion. Pigmented lesions are dark in color simply because the melanin is abnormally concentrated in one area of the skin. High concentrations of melanin can be due to various factors. Some types are present at birth, but most occur with age, or as a result of overexposure to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays.
How does the RevLite® laser remove unwanted pigments in the skin?
The RevLite® laser is one of the most technologically advanced lasers for removing pigmented lesions. The laser removes these pigments with the energy of light. The specialised light produced by the RevLite® laser is absorbed by the pigmented lesion. The unwanted pigment is then destroyed, thus removing or lightening the lesion.
What types of brown spots or pigmented lesions will the RevLite® remove?
The RevLite® is most commonly used for removing brown age spots, “liver spots”, freckles and other brown birthmarks, such as cafe-au-lait spots and Nevus of Ota. Dr Yeoh will identify your specific type of lesion and discuss the removal success rate associated with your condition.
Does the RevLite® remove my normal skin pigmentation also?
No, the laser light of the RevLite® was specifically designed to effectively target the dark concentrations of melanin. After the abnormal amounts of melanin are removed, and treatment continues on normal skin, some whitening could occur. However, your body’s natural regenerative system would replace the normal melanin over a period of time, returning the skin to its natural colour.
Is the process painful?
The RevLite® laser emits light in very short pulses. The impact of the energy from the power pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band. After the treatment, the area will feel similar to a light sunburn. Typically any discomfort will disappear within a day or so. After the redness clears, the skin returns to its natural color and texture.
How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the pigmented lesion?
Most common pigmented lesions are removed within one to two treatments. Some deeper lesions will require more treatments.