Laser Sunspot Removal
Sunspots have there way of just popping up, and as time goes one, sunspots can start to take over our surface skin, becoming darker and more noticeable.
Our leading-edge laser technology can remove unwanted sunspots within minutes.
How many treatments will I require?
Your sunspots, freckles and ages spots will be completely removed during your first treatment. However, a subsequent touch-up treatment may be required if there is any residual pigmentation after the skin has healed.
Is Laser Sunspot Removal Safe?
Whilst most sunspots are benign (non-cancerous), sunspots can develop into skin cancer. Having your sunspots checked by a practitioner trained in skin cancer detection is essential. We recommend having your skin checked prior to laser sunspot removal treatment. We request that you provide a copy of your skin assessment, along with a referral from your skin cancer doctor, prior to attending our clinic.
Is the treatment painful?
The laser sunspot removal treatment if termed comfortable and is well tolerated by our patients. However, you will have the option to receive topical anaesthetic to numb the area being treated.
Recovery after Laser Sunspot Removal
In terms of aesthetic results, the removal of your sunspots, freckles, and age spots, will be noticeable immediately following your first treatment. New skin will form in the treated areas and there will be some redness, skin crusting, and scabbing during the healing process. For several weeks your treated areas will continue to heal, and the scab will eventually fall off, leaving a red mark. This red mark is due to increased blood vessels that form to heal and repair the skin. In time, the redness will dissipate and the skin will heal. In some rare cases, the skin can become lighter or darker in the treatment area(s) – please refer to our ‘Potential Risks’ for more information.
Even though you have had your sunspots assessed as being benign (cancer free) by your skin cancer practitioner, there is still a risk of skin cancer being present within the sunspots.
The laser ablates (burns) away sunspots, meaning that nothing is available to be sent away for pathology for further testing, so you need to be aware that pathology testing is not possible with this treatment.
Although the potential risks are extremely uncommon, one or more of the following may occur:
- Lightening or darkening of the skin in the treated areas – (Hypopigmentation or Hyperpigmentation)
- Skin crusting or blistering
- Scarring – which includes Hypertrophic or Keloid Scarring
As part of your post-treatment care plan, you will be provided with verbal and written post-treatment instructions.
Following your laser treatment, you may notice redness, bleeding, bruising, swelling and weeping at the site of treatment, which can last for several days to weeks.
It is normal for the treated area to feel a little sore and tender, for a few days post treatment. You will keep the treated area dry and intact following your treatment. We will provide you with a topical cream to be used 3-4 times a day to the treated area, until the area has healed.
- Please refrain from getting the treated area wet until scab has fully fallen-off the treated area.
- Avoid exposing the treated area to the sun for a minimum of 4 weeks following treatment.
- Do not pick as scabbing can lead to scarring.
- Makeup can be used over the treatment area so long as there is no extended redness, blistering or scabbing (mineral make-up is the best option).
- Avoid skin irritants such as hydroquinone, bleaching creams, tretinoin, retinol creams, benzoyl peroxide, chemical peels, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid for at least 2 weeks after the procedure.
- Avoid any rubbing or friction movements on the treated area for three days post treatment.
You will be requested to send an image of the treated area(s) 4 days post treatment via email.
Our clinic can be contacted contact on 1300 373 662 if you experience any inflammatory reaction and/or side effect. If necessary, additional treatments, medications and/or surgery may be necessary. If out of hours, please attend your local medical centre or emergency department.
We will arrange a follow-up appointment for six weeks post-treatment at our clinic. If at any time you have questions or concerns, you should contact our clinic to arrange a face-to-face appointment.
If required, you will be provided with topical cream, designed to be used post skin injury, that will provide nutrients to accelerate the skin healing process. In addition, we also offer Ligh Emitting Diode Treatment (LED) to accelerate the healing process.