Laser Birthmark Removal
Birthmarks can be very different in size and are generally coloured red or brown, and appear on various parts of your body. The red marks tend to be made up of tiny blood vessels, while brown marks tend to consist of brown pigment (melanin) that helps to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.
Facial birthmarks are common aesthetic issues, and is the cause for most patients’ concerns. The red marks can consist of port-wine stains, hemangiomas, stork bites or “strawberry”, while types of brown birthmarks include moles, Mongolian spots or “café-au-lait”. The café-au-lait is the most common type of brown birthmark, and is light brown, flat and well circumscribed.
In addition, some birthmarks may actually be indicative of health problems so you should consult your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis on whether it is harmful, before proceeding with treatment sessions.
HOW CAN IT BE TREATED?
The q-Switch Nd:YAG Laser helps to promote the production of collagen by your skin, helping it to generate new skin cells. Laser technology allows for the treatment of wrinkles and scars at the root, deep in your skin. The laser energy can penetrate into the deeper skin layers without causing harm to the upper layers, which then begins to produce natural collagen and other necessary proteins needed for youthful and healthy-looking skin. Treatment is fairly quick and painless, with almost no downtime or even none needed for patients.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Immediately following q-Switch Nd:YAG Laser treatment, the treatment area will look blotchy for a few hours, with the brown area darkening in colour. The darkened pigment begins to naturally “wash off” after a period of 1-2 weeks, leaving a much lighter colour behind.
Most birthmarks will stay at this lighter shade, and you can then decide if you want additional treatment sessions to reduce the colour even more. This is optional and should only be opted for if you remain unsatisfied with its appearance. Note that you should just a high quality sun screen after treatment to reduce the chance of repigmentation or hyperpigmentation.
BEFORE / AFTER