Living in Australia, nearly everyone has some brown spots on their face resulting from sun exposure. While these spots aren’t harmful to your skin’s health they can be cosmetically displeasing as they don’t allow us to achieve a luminous, even complexion. The Pigment Laser Peel offered by Academy Face and Body is an effective procedure designed to lighten pigment accumulations and improve overall skin colour, texture and luminosity.
The Pigment Laser Peel is a light-based procedure that targets signs of photo aging including uneven skin tones like age spots and freckles. During the procedure, a laser goes over the area of concern and is then cooled for 15-20 minutes.
What can the Pigment Laser Peel treat?
The Medlite C6 Laser Peel can visibly lighten and improve:
Age spots (solar lentignes)
IPL resistant sun damage
Mild open pores
Note: The laser peel can be used anywhere on the body, not just the face.
**Results may vary from person to person**
A Laser Peel may be unsuitable for you for any of the reasons below:
Use of Roaccutane
Historical keloid scarring/abnormal wound healing
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Open wounds, including eczema, rosacea, Herpes Simplex and dermatitis
Anticoagulant/light sensitising medications
Seizures triggered by light
Cancer or radiation therapy
Recent surgery in the area to be treated (3-6 months)
Melasma (instead a course of Laser Toning Peels & lightening cream is recommended)
Note: Please inform your Doctor if you are prone to skin darkening post-trauma or cold sores.
Potential Complications (rare)
Incorrectly cared for healing skin can result in a prolonged healing time, potentially leading to infection and scarring.
Hyper-pigmentation can last up to 12 months and can be treated with a medicated bleaching cream. We recommend people with darker skin types prepare their skin via a bleaching cream for a month prior to treatment.
If you are prone to cold sores in the area that has been treated, it is rare but possible that you could experience a Herpes Simplex breakout.
How many treatments do I need?
Up to 3 treatments may be necessary for skin that is significantly photo damaged but most people notice visible improvements after the first treatment.
How often do I need to have the treatment?
Best results are achieved when treatments are performed on a monthly basis.
This procedure attracts a low level of discomfort and heat, and a topical anaesthetic is applied half an hour before the treatment begins to mitigate the discomfort you will experience.
During the procedure you will feel a prickling sensation followed by a mild heat. A cold air or cool compress is applied after this for 15-20 minutes and a warm glow could be felt for 48 hours following the laser peel.
How will my skin react after the treatment?
For 2-5 hours a mild sunburn-like sensation will be experienced by most patients
Some swelling and moderate redness will be experienced for 12-36 hours post-peel
Red, raised circular marks may be present following the peel and last for 4-5 days
Some patients are prone to hives but these dissipate 1-2 hours after the treatment
Your skin will be particularly sensitive to heat for 2 days
As above for Face
Some residual darkening could occur for 4-6 weeks before fading
Full Face: $450 per treatment
Neck or Décolleté: $350 per treatment
Face & Neck: $650 per treatment
Face, Neck & Décolleté: $750 per treatment
Full Back: $1000 per treatment
Patient After-Care for Medlite C6 Pigment Laser Peel
For 5-7 days after the Laser Peel:
Do not make use of skin care products that contain BHA’s, AHA’s, Vitamin A, astringents or exfoliating granules
Apply a cool compress as necessary
Keep the skin moist and apply moisturiser as necessary
Don’t pick or exfoliate any peeling skin
Avoid exposing the skin to sun
It is essential that sunscreen is applied daily
For 48 hours, avoid exercise, saunas, chlorinated or salt pools, steam baths and hot showers
Do not get waxed, undergo IPL, laser or use depilatory creams for 2 weeks
Do not use make up for 12 hours after the treatment
Avoid tanning and tanning products for 2 weeks after the laser peel
Home Care Products to use for the following 5 – 7 days
For 5-7 days it is important that you avoid exfoliating products and apply sunscreen daily. We recommend the following regime:
Normal/ Dry Skin Types
Ultra Hydrating Milk Cleanser/ Ultra Balancing Cleansing Gel
Recovery Face & Body Cream/ Mild un fragranced Body Moisturiser
Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF30+, SPF50+
Mild bar or liquid soap/ Ultra Balancing Cleansing Gel
Recovery Face & Body Cream
Ultra Hydrating Lotion
Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF30+, SPF50+
Recommended home care products are available for long-term maintenance. Please discuss further with your Doctor and/or therapist on which best meet your needs.
If I am interested, what now?
Your first step is an initial consultation with Dr Oates. You do not need a GPs referral for this consultation. Or you can have a complementary consultation with one of our Dermal Therapists or Registered Nurses.
You may wish to speak with one of our qualified Dermal Therapists or Registered Nurses prior to seeing Dr Oates. During this free consultation, a Dermal Therapist/Registered Nurse can discuss both surgical and non-surgical options to treat your cosmetic concern(s).