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Preserve your skin’s natural beauty

Just about everyone has a few obvious brown spots on their skin. Age spots, freckles, and various birthmarks are just a few of the commonly known marks generally referred to as pigmented lesions. Although some pigmented lesions can be ignored, many are quite conspicuous, and can easily detract from your skin’s natural beauty.

What causes these unwanted pigmented lesions?

Melanin is what gives our skin its color. The amount of melanin in your skin determines if you have a light or dark complexion. Pigmented lesions are dark in color simply because the melanin is abnormally concentrated in one area of the skin. High concentrations of melanin can be due to various factors. Some types are present at birth, but most occur with age, or as a result of overexposure to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays.

How does the MedLite® laser remove unwanted pigments in the skin?

The MedLite® laser is one of the most technologically advanced lasers for removing pigmented lesions. The laser removes these pigments with the energy of light. The specialized light produced by the MedLite® laser is absorbed by the pigmented lesion. The unwanted pigment is then destroyed, thus removing or lightening the lesion.

What types of brown spots or pigmented lesions will the MedLite® remove?

The MedLite® is most commonly used for removing brown age spots, “liver spots”, freckles and other brown birthmarks, such as cafe-au-lait spots and Nevus of Ota. 

Does the MedLite® remove my normal skin pigmentation also?

No, the laser light of the MedLite® was specifi cally designed to effectively target the dark concentrations of melanin. After the abnormal amounts of melanin are removed, and treatment continues on normal skin, some whitening could occur. However, your body’s natural regenerative system would replace the normal melanin over a period of time, returning the skin to its natural color.

Is the process painful?

The MedLite® laser emits light in very short pulses. The impact of the energy from the power pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band. After the treatment, the area will feel similar to a light sunburn. Typically any discomfort will disappear within a day or so. After the redness clears, the skin returns to its natural color and texture.

How many treatment sessions will it take to remove the pigmented lesion?

Most common pigmented lesions are removed within one to two treatments. Some deeper lesions will require more treatments.

Can the excess pigmentation come back?

Common pigmented lesions do not return. Some birthmarks may return after a period of several months to a year. However, the procedure can be repeated.

What type of post-treatment care is necessary?

Usually, an antibacterial ointment will be applied to the area immediately after treatment. The treated area should be kept clean with a continued application of any ointment recommend to you by your physician. The treated area should not be scrubbed.

How do I get started? 

Dr. Robinson will be happy to discuss this procedure with you. Please feel free to make an appointment for a consultation to discuss your specific needs.

“Since my laser treatment I am no longer self-conscious about the spots on my hand...my skin is now perfectly clear.” -MedLite® Patient

 

For Tattoo's

The MedLite® laser - the choice for tattoo removal... 

Decorative tattoos have a history dating back at least 5000 years. The desire to remove them has probably existed for just as long. Early attempts to remove tattoos have had less than desirable results. The use of dermabrasion, saltabrasion and Argon or CO2 lasers have left behind scars in place of the tattoo.  The advent of Q-Switched lasers has permitted the removal of most tattoo inks with a very low risk of scarring. The MedLite® Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser is the laser of choice in this class of laser. The MedLite® can signifi cantly lighten or remove a wide variety of tattoo inks. 

How does the MedLite® laser remove the tattoo? 

The MedLite® laser removes tattoo ink with the energy of light. A laser is a device which is designed to produce one or more specific wavelengths of light. Tattoo ink is removed by using this specific wavelength of light which passes into the skin, but is absorbed by the ink.  The rapid absorption of light energy causes the tattoo ink to break into tiny particles which can then be removed by the body’s natural filtering systems. The MedLite® laser provides maximum tattoo removal while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. 

What type of tattoos can be removed? 

The MedLite® laser can remove professional, amateur (homemade), traumatic and surgical tattoos. 

How many treatments will it take to remove a tattoo? 

On the average, professional tattoos require 6-8 treatments, while amateur tattoos require 4-5 treatments, all spaced approximately 6-8 weeks apart. The number of treatments depends on the amount and type of ink used, and the depth of the ink in the skin. 

Does the laser remove colored tattoos? 

Dark (blue, black) and red inks will resolve the best. Oranges and purples usually fade as well.  Green and yellow inks are the most difficult to remove, and additional treatments are needed to produce significant fading. 

Will the tattoo completely disappear? 

In many cases, yes. Greater than 95% fading of the tattoo may be accomplished. However, it is important to know that there are many, many types of tattoo inks in use worldwide today, none of which are regulated by the FDA. Not knowing which tattoo ink was used, or how deeply it was applied, makes it impossible for the physician to predict the degree of removal on any given tattoo. 

Is the process painful? 

The MedLite® laser emits light in very short pulses. The impact of the energy from the pulse of light is similar to the snap of a small rubber band on the skin.The majority of patients do not require anesthesia, depending on the size and location of the tattoo. Anesthesia creams are available if needed. 

What type of post-treatment care is necessary? 

An antibacterial ointment and a dressing will be applied to the area immediately after treatment. Occasionally, there will be pinpoint bleeding associated with the treatment. The treated area should be kept clean. Follow Dr. Robinson's post laser treatment instructions for exactly what to do during the days following the procedure. A shower can be taken the next day, although the treated area should never be scrubbed. If a scab forms it is vital that you do not pick it or scratch it. 

How do I get started? 

Dr. Robinson will be happy to discuss this procedure with you. Please feel free to make an appointment for a consultation to discuss your specific needs. 

“I loved my tattoo when I got it, but I’m at a point in my life now where I no longer care to have it. The MedLite® laser was the solution for me.” -MedLite ® Patient 

 

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