Pigmented Lesions & Melanocytic Lesions
Safe, Effective Removal of Dark Spots
We all have some brown spots on our skins. Some people have freckles and others have moles (melanocytic lesions), or some combination thereof. Most often, there’s no need to address dark spots, unless they are malignant or problematic. Reasons why moles may have to be removed include the following:
Potentially malignant – If the mole is bleeding, growing or has atypical features that may indicate malignancy, it may have to be removed.
Nuisance moles – Moles that are in the way of the comb, razor or clothing can become a nuisance, and may need to be removed.
Cosmetic reasons – Let’s face it, scars can be unsightly – even if only to yourself. If you want to get rid of a melanocytic lesion, it can often be removed.
There are different types of brown spots that are categorised as pigmented lesions, including:
Dark spots get their color from the melanin (dark pigment) of the skin, and those are the areas in which melanin is most concentrated. It can be due to many reasons, but the two most common factors for dark spots are due to age or sun exposure.
Surgical removal of melanocytic lesions is usually done by shave biopsy or excision biopsy, but there is a less invasive method, using modern laser technology. Using light energy, laser can remove pigmented lesions without damaging the adjacent light skin. The laser light will either lighten or remove the pigmented lesions as it passes through the skin.
Important Note: We will not attempt to use laser to remove lesions that we suspect may be malignant.
The concentration and depth of the melanin pigment will determine how many treatments will be needed. Most often, dark brown or black spots can be completely removed in as few as 3-4 treatments.
Since the laser pulse heats the melanin pigment, there may be a mild snapping sensation. In most cases, there is no more discomfort, and most patients can handle it without any local or topical anesthesia, but both topical and injectable anesthetic (similar to dental anesthesia) are available and cold air may be applied to increase your comfort.
Most often, patients are satisfied with fading or partial removal of pigmented lesions, but more treatments can be applied to ensure complete removal. We recommend gradual fading, as that will prevent the scars that are common with overaggressive treatment.
In most cases, common pigmented lesions will not return, however, birthmarks may sometimes return after about a year. The process can then be repeated, with similar results.
Initially, you will have to apply an antibacterial ointment to the area. You may shower, but do avoid scrubbing the treated site.
Wearing sunscreen is the most important part of your treatment plan. Removal of pigmented lesions can only be as effective as taking the actions to avoid them returning, or worse – causing cancer.
If you want to learn more about pigmented lesions and how they are treated, get in touch with Bradford Skin Clinic & Med Spa today.
Since melanin pigments will continue to fade between treatments, we recommend a treatment every two weeks, or once a month. This will allow the skin to heal and fading to be maximized prior to the next treatment.
ANTI-AGING | SUPER ANTIOXIDANT | BRIGHTENING
ANTI-AGING | ANTI-ACNEIC | BRIGHTENING