For laser pigment removal at MedAesthetics we offer both the BroadBand Light (BBL) and the Yellow Laser.
Broadband light therapy (also known as BBL therapy) is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that uses intense pulses of light to target and remove pigmented areas on the skin. The light energy is absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the skin, causing it to break down and be naturally eliminated by the body. This process can improve the appearance of age spots, freckles, and other pigmented areas on the face, hands, and body. It can also stimulate collagen production, which can lead to a more youthful-looking complexion.
The Yellow Laser is very effective at improving the appearance of red or purple vascular lesions. It is a type of laser therapy that uses a specific wavelength of light to target pigmented areas on the skin. The yellow laser emits light which is selectively absorbed by the melanin (pigment) in the skin. This causes the melanin to break down and be eliminated by the body. The laser energy can be precisely controlled to target specific areas of pigmentation, while minimizing damage to the surrounding tissue.
The Laser Pigment Removal Procedure
Before the pigment removal process, an anesthetic cream may be applied to numb the skin. If the face is being treated, goggles will be worn to cover and protect the eyes. A thin layer of gel is applied to the treatment area and the laser is positioned over the skin. The laser emits a high-intensity light beam that passes through the skin surface and the surrounding tissue and the high energy of the light causes the pigment or ink particles to break up into very small particles. The laser breaks the pigment into smaller particles, which may be metabolized or excreted by the body, or eliminated directly through the skin as the wound heals
Some patients experience a stinging or burning sensation as the laser moves over the skin, however the discomfort for most patients is minimal. Most patients can return to regular activities immediately following the procedure.
Risks and Recovery from Laser Pigment Removal
After the laser pigment removal procedure, patients may experience swelling in the affected area of the skin. Risks of laser pigment removal may include:
- Temporary darkening or lightening of the skin
Patients are advised to apply sunscreen and gently care for the affected area to ensure proper healing. Depending on the size and severity of the area being treated, several laser treatment sessions may be required before desired results are achieved.