WHAT IS SOLAR LENTIGINES?
Solar lentigines are also known as age spots or sun spots. They are flat, brown or black spots on the skin that are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun or tanning beds. They are more common in people over 40 years old and in fair-skinned individuals. They are usually harmless, but they can sometimes look like skin cancer. Therefore, it is important to have them checked by a dermatologist if they change in size, shape, color or texture.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Laser and IPL (intense pulse light) treatments are effective ways to remove solar lentigines, which are brown spots caused by sun exposure. Laser and IPL treatments target the pigment-producing cells that cause solar lentigines and destroy them with light energy. This prevents the spots from reappearing after treatment. Laser treatments are usually faster and more precise, but they may require more downtime and cause more side effects. IPL treatments are gentler and more versatile, but they may require more sessions and be less effective on darker skin tones. Both treatments should be followed by strict sun protection and creams to prevent post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING THE TREATMENT?
During an IPL or laser treatment, you should expect the following:
– You will wear protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the light.
– The technician will apply a cooling gel or device to your skin to reduce discomfort and protect the surrounding tissue.
– The technician will move the handpiece over the affected area, delivering pulses of light. You may feel a slight snapping sensation, like a rubber band snapping on your skin.
– The treatment may take 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size and number of spots.
– After the treatment, you may experience some redness, swelling, or crusting of the skin. These are normal side effects and should subside within a few days.
– You should avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen for at least a month after the treatment, as your skin will be more sensitive to UV rays.
– You may need several sessions to achieve optimal results, depending on the type and severity of your spots. The technician will advise you on the best treatment plan for your case.
AFTER THE TREATMENT
After an IPL or laser treatment for solar lentigines, you should expect some mild redness and swelling in the treated area. This is normal and should subside within a few hours or days. You may also notice that the spots darken and flake off over the next week or two. This is a sign that the pigment is being eliminated from your skin. You should avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen to protect your skin during the healing process.
HOW MANY SESSIONS
You may need multiple sessions to achieve optimal results, depending on the size and number of your spots.
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