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How Does Laser Age Spot Removal Work

Causes of Brown Spots
Laser age spot removal is a procedure that makes it possible to get rid of the small dark spots on the skin that are commonly known as age spots. Though there are numerous methods for getting rid of these spots, laser removal is one of the newest and most effective treatments. Though age spots usually are not a significant medical concern, they can be embarrassing because they are one of the most definite signs of aging. As a result, many people opt to have them removed for cosmetic reasons. Because it is so new many people wonder how does laser age spot removal work.

How Does Laser Age Spot Removal Work

Laser treatments for age spot removal are very simple. During the procedure, a doctor uses a small handheld device that delivers short busts of intense laser energy directly to the affected area. Because the laser’s beam is so precise, it is possible to specifically pinpoint individual age spots without causing any damage to the surrounding tissue.

Laser age spot removal works by pinpointing the clumps of melanin in the skin that cause age spots. The intense heat from the laser breaks apart the clumps, causing them to, eventually, be reabsorbed by the body. Achieving full results often requires more than one session.

What Happens During a Laser Age Spot Removal Treatment

During the procedure, patients usually experience very little to no discomfort. The most commonly reported feeling is a mild burning sensation. The entire session typically takes no longer than 30 minutes, and because it is an outpatient procedure, patients are able to go home and resume their normal daily activities immediately following a laser session. The skin will be red immediately following the procedure, but this usually clears up on its own quickly.

It takes approximately two weeks for the skin to heal following a laser treatment. During the time, scabbing is common. When the scabs fall off, the age spots should be lighter or completely gone. While healing, it is important not to pick at the scabs and to avoid exposure to the sun. If you require another session, it will not take place until after the skin heals.

Benefits of Laser Age Spot Removal

Compared to other age spot removal methods such as topical creams or cosmetic procedures like Microdermabrasion or chemical peels, laser treatments are considerably more expensive. They are, however, much more effective. Compared to Microdermabrasion and chemical peels, laser treatments are also less painful. Laser age spot removal treatments are well-tolerated by the vast majority of patients, and major side effects are very rare when the procedure is performed by a highly-trained medical professional.

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