At WTXMA we are able to treat both Benign Pigmented Lesions and stubborn Melasma with our Quanta MDK Platform.
Benign Pigmented Lesions
Sun Spot / Pigmented Lesion Removal FAQs
What causes pigmented lesions?
Pigmented lesions, birthmarks, brown spots, and age spots are created from an excessive concentration of melanin in the skin. Melanin is what gives our skin its color. Everyone has a different amount of melanin. Your physician will evaluate your skin and inform you of the specific type of skin lesion. High melanin concentrations can be caused by various factors. Some types are present at birth, but most occur with age or from overexposure to the sun’s damaging rays. It is extremely important to ensure that the lesion is benign, and to take specialist advice from a dermatologist if unsure.
Which pigmented lesions can be treated with laser?
The most commonly treated conditions are solar lentigines (also known as age spots, liver spots or sun spots), café au lait birthmarks, and freckles. These benign pigmented lesions are caused by excess pigment in the skin, usually from sunlight exposure and congenital factors. Age spots may appear as enlarged light freckles on the face and hands. Café au lait birthmarks may appear as light brown markings anywhere on the body and can be quite large.
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments depends on the lesion being treated. Solar lentigines require 1 – 3 treatments whereas café au lait spots may take more treatments. The recommended treatment interval is 1 month.
Is any post-treatment care necessary?
Patients with sensitive skin may benefit from a single application of hydrocortisone cream immediately after treatment and a A & D ointment for a few days. Patients should avoid sun for a month or so after treatment and should use a sunscreen (SPF 30) in this period.
“Doctors are now finding that new laser therapies can significantly improve melasma and even remove melasma more safely and effectively than laser procedures we have used in the past,” said dermatologist Arielle N.B. Kauvar, MD, FAAD, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York City.
Melasma is caused by an overproduction of melanin, a natural substance in the body that gives skin its color and can lead to dark patches on the face. Sometimes brought on by hormonal changes, birth control pills, and other photo senstive medications. While melasma may occur in anyone, the condition most commonly affects women with darker Mediterranean skin, Asians, and Hispanics.
Hyperpigmentary disorders, especially melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), cause significant social and emotional stress to the patients. Although many treatment modalities have been developed for melasma and PIH, its management still remains a challenge due to its recurrent and refractory nature. With the advent of laser technology, the treatment options have increased especially for dermal or mixed melasma.
Patients seeking treatment of Melasma with WXTMA must start a Melanin Suppressent regimen 2 weeks before treatment to stop further production of melanin and also continue on Melanin Suppressent post treatment to further increase results and removal.
With Quanta's MDK Platform with Q Swiched technology, WTXMA offers treatment programs to help alleviate Melasma with safe and effective protcols.
Consultation required before treatment program begins.
About Our Technology
West Texas Medical Aesthetics utilizes leading-edge laser aesthetics equipment from recognized manufacturer, Quanta. Our MDK-series device allows us to perform safe, effective and fast laser treatments for all of our laser services.
You can be assured of top-flight quality when you elect any West Texas Medical Aesthetics laser service!