Solar Lentigenes or ‘sun spots’ result from excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Common to people frequently outdoors or over the age of 40, sun spots result from a proliferation of melanocytes and subsequent melanin production near the surface of the skin. While most are benign or do not lead to cancer, it is important that a medical professional examines the lesions prior to treatment to ensure safety of intervention. The Excel laser offers the advantage of improving skin tone and surface imperfections associated with aging and photodamage.
Q: HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED?
A: Most treatments require only 1 to 2 treatment sessions. The number of treatments will vary based on your condition.
Q: IS THE TREATMENT PAINFUL?
A: excel treatments can feel similar to a rubber band snapping against skin. Depending on the procedure, a cooled treatment tip will be in contact with the skin to protect and provide comfort to the area. A topical anesthetic may be available from your provider to improve your treatment experience.
Q: ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS? AND DOWNTIME?
A: Redness and/or swelling can be expected following treatment and will resolve within a few days. Treated brown spots will darken and slough off within 3 to 6 days. For full face treatments, swelling will peak 24 to 48 hours post treatment and usually resolves within a few days. Typically, you can wear make-up and return to normal activities immediately. Your provider may recommend a topical steroid to reduce swelling as needed.