How are age and brown spots removed?
Pigmented lesions appear as darker areas of the skin. Some of the most common are freckles and age spots. These lesions must be carefully evaluated by our office to determine if any are cancerous or pre-malignant. The Intense Pulse Light (IPL) technology available in our office is very successful in removal of these lesions.
What causes these lesions?
There are many causes for pigmented lesions. Sun damage is a very common cause, as well as age and simple genetics.
Does the procedure hurt?
The common description of the feeling of the IPL is one of a burning sensation and may be uncomfortable for some patients. In those cases, we can give a topical anesthetic to numb the area prior to treatment for a pain-free experience. The procedure is very quick however, and most patients find no need for anesthetic.
How are the lesions removed?
Each lesion is scanned by the IPL. After treatment, the lesion will appear darker, then grayish in color. Mild scabbing may occur and they will simply flake off. This leaves a slightly pinkish area which will gradually return to normal.
Please call our office to schedule an appointment for an office visit. We will help you determine if the lesion should be removed, and the best method for treatment.