Age Spots / Liver Spots / Lentigos
Dr Hussein will often treat these lesions with type of laser called a Q-switch laser. This type of laser is a special type of laser that has a very short pulse width that is adapted to the treatment of pigmented lesions. The 532nm Q-switch laser works very well for the treatment of Solar Lentigos. There will be temporary whitening of the skin immediately after treatment. The treated area then becomes red and mildly raised. In the next few days a superficial crust will form over the treated area. This crust will come off within 7-10 days after the treatment. The underlying new skin will be a little pink in appearance and takes in the region of 6 weeks to normalise.
Dr Hussein has included a video of treatment and some before and after photos so you can see how this treatment works. Occasionally Dr Hussein may opt for a different type of laser such as the Erbium YAG laser. This is sometimes used for a type of benign lesion known as a Macular Seborrheic Keratosis which can sometimes look similar to a solar lentigo. If patients present to Dr Hussein with multiple solar lentigos Dr Hussein may recommend a full-face laser resurfacing treatment such as CO2 laser resurfacing or Fraxel 1927nm laser resurfacing. This will give a much better result when there are many solar lentigos to be treated.