The Candela GentleMax Pro laser is designed to treat superficial brown spots and freckles, Lentigines ( Solar Lentigines ) and is also effective in removing other brown marks like café au lait patches, Nevus of Ito, Nevus of Ota, freckles and flat pigmented moles.

Laser pigmentation reduction works by using an intense burst of light to target the pigmented lesions causing the selective healing of the upper dermis. The pigment can be precisely targeted without causing any damage to surrounding tissue or overlying dermis. After each laser treatment, a gentle wound healing response leads to new collagen formation and a clinical improvement to the treated area over time. The pigmentation/sun spot will gradually lighten and fade, slowly disappearing. Initially the treated area may seem darker and flaking is common.

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What causes skin discoloration?

Skin discoloration, dark spots, brown spots, rosacea, freckles, and age spots are caused by an overproduction of melanin. In turn, melanin production in the skin is affected by the specialized cells melanocytes. Sun exposure for extended periods of time can stimulate melanin production. Higher levels of melanin can then make your skin darker, leading to the conditions mentioned.

Laser therapy treats what kind of pigmentation?

The most common causes of increased skin pigmentation are freckles, melasma, and solar lentigos. Sunspots most commonly appear in areas that are exposed to the sun, such as the face, the top of the hands, and the feet. All these disorders—brown spots, melasma, and freckles—are successfully treated with the help of state-of-the-art Candela laser. This advanced laser system can be used on both women and men looking for better-looking skin.
The Candela laser is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and has been successfully demonstrated by the American Academy of Dermatology. It is one of the most effective types of lasers for removing hyperpigmentation in qualified candidates.

What does it feel like?

Some people describe the procedure as uncomfortable; however, most people tolerate it easily. No anesthesia is required. The laser can create a mild stinging sensation as intense pulsed light is used, but a cool liquid spray can be applied to the outer layer of the skin to reduce discomfort.

How many treatments do I need?

Patients often need to undergo between one and three treatment sessions and can expect a 60-90% reduction in the pigmentation. The size, depth, and darkness of pigmentation lesions affect how many treatments may be required. The deeper the lesion, the more sessions that are needed, and the greater the chances of it not completely disappearing, although its color and appearance can be greatly reduced.The number of laser treatments varies from one case to another. Most lesions disappear or become barely noticeable, but treatment doesn’t prevent new ones from forming. We, therefore, recommend using a strong sunscreen on a daily basis and avoiding further tanning, which can cause new freckles and sunspots to form.

How do I prepare for a treatment?

People undergoing laser pigmentation treatment should avoid the sun or getting a tan for four weeks prior to treatment. As it stimulates melanin production, tanning is not recommended because subsequent treatment can lead to blistering. Also, we recommend avoiding spray tanners and other self-tanning products for two weeks before treatment.

What are the side effects of pigmentation removal?

The most common side effect is warm, pink skin the day of the treatment, which feels sort of like a mild sunburn. Within a day, you should notice brown spots becoming darker. They usually flake off over the next one to two weeks; you should not pick at them or try to scrub the dry flakes away. Makeup or concealer can be used immediately after each treatment.

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