Freckles are small brown harmless spots usually seen on sun exposed area of the skin. Freckle gets worse during summer and fades in winter months. Many of you may be frustrated trying several options ranging from freckle removing cream to home freckle removal options like lemon, potato or any other that your grandma or friend suggest you. Don’t worry, when all the options fails there is still the one and highly effective therapy for freckles; The Laser freckle removal. In this article we’ll review some facts about laser freckle removal.
So, you plan for the laser freckle removal? That’s O.K, but don’t just go to random place who claims to remove your freckles permanently. Before you go any further it is very important to consult a dermatologist to confirm if there are no any precancerous or cancerous lesions. After your dermatologist confirms that these are no other harmful lesion and gives you a green light, you can proceed with lasers.
There are several lasers that are being used to treat freckles. These include Q-switched Nd: YAG lasers, Q-switched Ruby lasers and Q-switched alexandrite lasers. These lasers have shown high successive rate with low risk of scarring or skin discoloration.
How Does Laser Freckle Removal Works?
The initial procedure starts with local anesthetics applied 30-60 minutes before treatment. Then the laser light is transmitted over the target area to be treated. After the laser light is absorbed, these high power short pulse of energy heats and breaks the melanin and removes it. Some may find little discomfort during the procedure.
After the procedure, antibiotic ointment may be applied locally and applied until the lesion heals followed by strict sunscreen use to prevent post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. Clinical improvement of the freckle may be seen after 4-8 weeks. If there is no satisfactory improvement in the lesion, repeated session of laser therapy may be needed at 4-6 weeks interval.
Side effects of laser freckle removal
Usually, side effects are minimum and temporary which improves within few days to weeks. There may be light swelling, bruising or redness in the treated site, serious complications are very rare.
Laser freckle removal can permanently treat your freckle, but it’s not a permanent cure for your freckle. If your freckle is hereditary you may have new freckles coming and sun exposure makes it worse. To avoid further freckles and pigmentation follow the following suggestions.
- Always use sunscreen with SPF at least 15 through out the year.
- Wear wide-brimmed hats while on the sun.
- Avoid peak sun hours from 10 am to 4 pm. Try to find some shade and stay indoors during these hours.
- Wear sun protective clothing like long sleeves, shirts and pants.
Cost of Laser Freckle Removal
The cost of laser freckle removal may vary depending on several factors like your city area, the laser surgeon, number of area to be treated, number of treatment session required and other. So it is hard to predict the actual cost. Usually the cost of laser freckle removal in Asia is cheaper then Europe, US or Canada. But again depends upon the individual laser surgeon. Usually it may range from $100-$300 in India to $250- $1500 in US. Then again it would depend on the number of area to be treated.