The Dermatology Practice.

Pigment Laser (Q-switched Nd:YAG laser)

We use the MedLite® C6 laser and the Spectra XT laser (Q-switched Nd:YAG laser) to target the excess pigment in the skin. Light is absorbed by the unwanted pigment target. The pigments then break up and disappear.

What can I expect from the procedure?

An anesthetic cream is usually applied on the area to be treated 30 mins before treatment. The procedure itself is rather painless. Occasionally, some patients experience a mild pricking sensation or feel some warmth over the treated area. Depending on the type of pigmentation treated, one may experience some redness or mild crusting after the procedure which can last 3 to 5 days

How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the pigmentation or tattoos?

Depending on the type of pigment in your skin, it can be gone in as few as one to two sessions, especially with freckles and sun spots (lentigenes). Certain pigmentation such as Hori’s nevus or certain birthmarks may require repeated treatment sessions. Similarly with tattoos, the average tattoo requires anywhere between 4-8 treatments. Treatment sessions are usually spaced 6 – 8 weeks apart.

Are there any side effects?

The treated area may darken sometimes but will fade within 2-3 months. This is part of the healing process and lightening cream may be prescribed for you to speed up recovery. Other side effects such as skin lightening and scarring are fortunately rare.