Q-Switched YAG lasers (Medlite C6 and Alex TriVantage) are two of the most technologically advanced lasers used in the world today for removing pigmented lesions. These lasers deliver short pulses of very intense laser light to the melanin in sunspots, age spots, and other benign pigmented lesions. The treatment fragments and removes the pigment, resulting in more youthful looking skin. The energy has little or no effect on the surrounding skin.
Q-Switched lasers are ideal for removing brown age spots, “liver spots,” freckles, and other brown birthmarks, such as cafe-au-lait spots, and Nevus of Ota. They are also very useful when it comes to laser tattoo removal and certain laser hair removal treatments.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many treatments are required to clear sunspots?
Most sunspots can be removed within two treatments, spaced four to eight weeks apart. Some deeper lesions will require more treatments.
What areas of the body are treated with these technologies?
Q- Switched lasers can treat pigmented lesions on the face, neck, chest, and hands.
What is the treatment like?
The sensation during the treatment has been compared to a snap of a thin rubber band. Most patients don’t require any topical anesthesia, though it can be used if requested.
After the treatment, the area will feel similar to light sunburn and the pigmented lesions will get darker and sometimes red. If one specific wavelength (532 nm) is required to remove a lesion, temporary bruising in the treatment area may be noted. The lesions may bleed slightly, crust, and flake off as well. After this clears, the skin returns to its natural color and texture. Sun exposure needs to be avoided after the treatment.
How much does it cost?
Q-Switched laser treatment costs from $250 to $450 per treatment.
What should I do prior to treatment?
Avid sun exposure and tanning before treatment. In addition, the use of aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, and St. John’s Wort should be avoided for a week before treatment.
Is there downtime?
Minimal downtime is required.