Age Spots and Pigmented Lesions

Age Spots & Pigmented Lesions Details

Many patients live for decades unaware that treatments for removing age spots, freckles, or moles exist. They use makeup to hide freckles or spend money on expensive creams that promise to fade age spots. Others simply throw in the towel, concluding that skin spots, skin tags, lentigos, angiomas, seborrheic keratosis and flat moles were permanent signs of aging they will just have to live with forever. Today, laser makes removing age spots and skin discolorations a safe and simple process. Each year millions of people around the world enjoy successful and permanent results in as little as one treatment.

 

How Laser Treatments for Age Spots and Discolorations Work

Age spots and freckles, and even some moles, are most commonly the result of exposure to the sun and UV rays. The discolorations are caused by a build up of melanin – the pigment produced by the skin to protect cells beneath the surface from harmful rays. Removing age spots and freckles with laser treatments is a simple process. A small, handheld device is used to deliver energy to the melanin in the freckle or spot causing it to scab and fall off. These systems are designed to react only to the dark pigment giving your physician precise control to remove only the age spots or freckles, leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. Many solitary freckles and age spots fade after a single treatment, while deeply pigmented flat moles and lesions may require multiple treatments. For areas with significant freckle coverage, Dr. Tsai may recommend Intense Pulse Light treatment (photofacial). Age spots and other larger spots may respond best to a Q switched Laser Treatment, and some pigmented lesions like raised moles, seborrheic keratosis, and DPNs (Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra) are best treated with ablation using the Ellman Surgitron. Not all moles, liver or age spots can be successfully treated with laser treatments. During a pretreatment consultation, Dr. Tsai will be able to advise you of the likelihood of an optimal result. The likelihood of developing new skin spots following treatment is influenced by unprotected sun exposure, heredity, skin type, and certain chemicals, medications and antibiotics.

Age Spots and Pigmented Lesions Before & After Photos

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Skin Growths and Moles

Skin Growths and Moles Details

Cosmetic Radiosurgery for Skin Growths

For benign skin growths which protrude out from the surface of the skin, surgical treatment is necessary to remove the bump. Laser can take away pigment from moles and age spots, but it will not flatten a lump. Some common skin growths include raised moles, skin tags, seborrheic keratosis, and DPNs (dermatosis papulosa nigra). Lumps and bumps such as these are often benign and therefore appropriate candidates for cosmetic removal.

What is Cosmetic Radiosurgery?

Benign lumps and bumps on the face and body can be cosmetically removed without the need for a scalpel and stitches. Dr. Tsai uses the Ellman Surgitron to remove benign skin lesions without scarring, bleeding, or pain. The Ellman Surgitron uses advanced radiowave technology to precisely cut and coagulate soft tissue while minimizing thermal tissue damage.

What can I expect during and after treatment?

Dr. Tsai will inject the lesion with a small amount of anesthetic to completely numb the area. A surgical electrode emits radiowaves that precisely cut through the tissue while coagulating the edges at the same time. After the treatment, the area is raw and flush with the skin. Only minimal bleeding may occur. A scab will soon form over the area and once the scab falls off, a fresh layer of skin is revealed. This new skin may be pink for a few weeks, but will eventually blend into the surrounding area.

Mole Removal Before & After Photos

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Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation Details

Imagine a more youthful looking you. Both the pleasures and stresses of life, along with the simple passage of time, tend to cause our skin to appear older. The signs of aging and sun damage are typically most visible on a person’s face. While numerous treatments from simple creams to major surgeries exist to improve various facial flaws, skin specialists have always sought dramatic improvement with low risk and no “downtime.” Additionally, many conventional treatment options can only address one condition at a time, while they entail a prolonged recovery time, considerable pain and potential side effects. Intense Pulse Light, commonly known as IPL, is one of the most popular treatments at San Francisco Aesthetics. It is a non-invasive treatment that erases skin damage without disruption of the skin’s surface, hence, no “downtime.” IPL can simultaneously treat a wide range of facial concerns safely and effectively, such as broken capillaries, skin discoloration, age spots, freckles, mottled pigmentation and the symptoms of rosacea.

How does it work?

IPL is most often performed on the face, neck, chest, and hands to erase the signs of aging. Our lasers are clinically shown to reduce wrinkles and improve the tone of the skin by non-invasively stimulating new collagen production.

What can I expect after an IPL treatment at SF Aesthetics?

After an IPL treatment for sun damage, your freckles will turn dark and scab over. Imagine having a dusting of coffee grinds on your face. Over the course of seven to ten days, the scabs will flake off, revealing a more even complexion. The types of responses heard from patients are that they feel like their skin is lifted. There is a decrease in pore size, the skin feels tighter, looks brighter, and there is a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles. By combining IPL and Laser Genesis at San Francisco Aesthetics, we take care of noticeable coloration defects and also provide the skin with the toning and textural improvement that patients are seeking. Non-invasive techniques for skin rejuvenation are being quickly established as a new standard in the treatment of mild wrinkles and overall skin toning. All patients show improvement after the treatment series.

Hyperpigmentation Before & After Photos

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