The Fotona pico laser is used for the treatment of brown spots. The laser emits a radiation that is selectively absorbed by melanin allowing to destroy this pigment instantly and to make the skin clear and lightened.
When treating spots with the pico pigment laser, the light beams remain together and do not scatter outside the targeted area. This latest generation laser technique allows for the treatment of a specific target without the risk of damaging the surrounding skin tissue. It is remarkably effective in erasing dark brown lentigos on fair skin.
For whom is the treatment indicated?
Anyone who has brown spots, such as age spots or sun spots.
Senile lentigos, also called age spots, usually appear after the age of 40 on areas of the body that are subject to significant skin aging.
Other brown spots, often present at a younger age, are actinic lentigos, also called sun spots. They are smooth and brown spots, more or less dark, located mainly on the exposed areas of the face, neckline and shoulders. They appear after a major sunburn and/or repeated sun exposure.
What part of the body can be treated?
Fotona’s latest generation Pico Laser pigment laser can be used on any area of the body or face, depending on the size, color and area to be treated, your doctor will adjust the laser parameters. However, lentigines are mainly located on the face, the back of the hands and the neckline.
What results can be expected after one session?
After 1 session, most of the lentigos have disappeared.
A second session at 4 weeks may be necessary for darker lentigos.
Once your spots are gone, it is definitive. However, with repeated exposure to the sun, new ones may reappear. Sunscreen will be your new best friend.
How does the session take place?
Once the skin has been cleaned and disinfected, your doctor will adjust the parameters of the laser in order to target the pigment present under the skin. The pigment is heard snapping with each shot and confirms the effectiveness of the treatment.
The pigment laser treatment takes place in our specialized clinic in Lausanne, Switzerland and lasts between 15 and 30 minutes.
Does it hurt?
The pain is minimal, of the “rubber band” type, followed by a sensation of heat. An anesthetic cream can be applied.
What are the consequences of the treatment?
At the end of the session, we often observe a discreet white coloring that disappears in a few minutes to give way to a redness and a small edema localized on the treated area for 24 hours.
The next day, small crusts will form on the treated area and persist for 5 to 7 days (make-up possible). These crusts fall off on their own and the skin is new and pinkish and gradually re-pigments. It is important to avoid touching these crusts which allow for quality healing.
In rare cases, temporary phlyctenes (small blisters) may form. These will break through on their own from the first day.
The application of a repairing cream combined with a sun protection SPF50 is recommended during the month following the session, let your doctor advise you on the appropriate products.
Are there any contraindications?
Tanned skin: avoid exposure to the sun for 2 weeks before and after treatment.
Depending on your skin type, you will be advised to use a cream to prevent the risk of post-laser hyperpigmentation. This cream should generally be applied, as well as avoiding the sun, 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after the treatment.
It is important to make sure that your pigmentation spots are benign before a laser session. For this, a consultation with the doctor before the session or on the day of the session is mandatory. This will allow us to exclude a mole or a suspicious spot that should not be treated with laser.
Age spots – sun spots