Almost everyone in Australia has facial pigmentation from sun exposure and although they are not harmful to the skin’s health, they detract from an even complexion and can therefore be cosmetically displeasing.
Spot Pigment Treatment can lighten these accumulations of pigment and improve the skin’s overall colour, texture and luminosity.
The Medlite C6 Spot Laser Treatment is a light-based procedure that targets signs of ageing, including uneven skin tone (pigmentation) such as freckles and age spots anywhere on the body.
What can the Pigment Laser treat?
Spot Laser Treatment is ideal for someone with:
Solar Lentigines (age spots)
IPL resistant sun damage
**Results may vary from person to person**
Spot Pigment Treatment is not ideal for someone with the following characteristics:
Pregnancy or breastfeeding
History of keloid scarring or abnormal wound healing
Light triggered seizures
Light sensitising and/or anticoagulant medication
Tanning medications or tan application
Cancer or radiation therapy
Open wounds, eczema, dermatitis, active rosacea or active Herpes Simplex
Surgery in the area in the last 3-6 months
Sunburn in the area to be treated
Waxing, IPL, laser therapy or injectable treatments within the last 7 days
Melasma (recommend a course of Laser Toning Peels and lightening cream instead)
Note: Please inform your doctor or nurse if you have ever experienced or are prone to darkening of the skin post trauma.
Potential Complications (rare)
Spot Pigment Treatment is usually very safe and risks and complications are rare. However, if the skin is incorrectly cared for it can prolong the healing time and possibly lead to infection and scarring.
Hyperpigmentation (darker areas of pigment on the skin associated with trauma) can last from 1-12 months. It can be treated with medicated bleaching creams and we recommend darker skin types prep their skin with a bleaching cream 4weeks prior to treatment. It the skin fails to lighten (some lesions may need further treatment such as cryotherapy) and can be discussed with your doctor.
How many treatments do I need?
Most people will notice a visible improvement after the first treatment. Up to 3 treatments may be recommended for skin with more significant skin damage.
How often do I need to have the treatment?
We recommend monthly treatments for future maintenance against any pigmentation occurring after the pigment treated now.
For 2+ weeks prior to your treatment we recommend the use of the Ultra Diminishing Complex or Ultra Brightening Serum.The doctor may alternatively recommend a prescription lightening cream.
How does my skin look after the treatment?
Most skin will experience mild redness, swelling and sensitivity for 24-48 hours. Some skin may be prone to very mild purpura or bruising visible for 2-3 days. There will also be areas of darkening, which will either flake off or lighten over the first 7 days for the face and 21-28 days for the body.
Prices for Laser Toning are from $100 per treatment per area and will be discussed at the time of your consultation.
Patient After-Care for Medlite C6 Pigment Laser
For 5-7 days post treatment:
Do not use products containing AHA’s, BHA’s, Vitamin A (Retinol), astringents or exfoliating granules
Cool compress or ice as needed
Apply moisturizer as required (skin is best to remain moist during this time)
Do not exfoliate or pick at peeling skin
Do not expose the skin to sun
Apply sunscreen daily
Avoid vigorous exercise, saunas, chlorinated and saltwater pools, steam baths and hot showers for 48 hours following your treatment
Avoid waxing, IPL, laser or depilatory creams for 2 weeks following your treatment
Avoid mineral makeup for 12 hours post laser
Avoid applying tanning products for 2 weeks following your treatment
Home Care Products to use for the following 5 – 7 days
For the first 3-5 days post procedure, it is important to avoid the use of exfoliating products and apply broad-spectrum sunblock daily. We recommend the following regime depending on your skin type:
Normal/ Dry Skin Types
Ultra Hydrating Milk Cleanser/ Ultra Balancing Cleansing Gel
These recommended home care products are available for long-term maintenance. Please discuss further with your doctor and/or dermal 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 Nurses.
You may wish to speak with one of our qualified Dermal Therapists or Nurse prior to seeing Dr Oates. During this free consultation at our Perth office, a Dermal Therapist/Nurse can discuss both surgical and non-surgical options to treat your cosmetic concern(s).