What are freckles?
Freckles are multiple, flat, spots on the skin due to uneven distribution of melanin (skin pigment) in those areas. They are usually around the size of a matchstick head and are reasonably uniform in colour. They are usually situated on sun-exposed areas of the skin, including the face, neck, arms, and shoulders and usually darken after sun exposure. Usually, freckles start to occur at a very young age. Freckles most commonly occur in people with lighter or fairer skin types, and in those who have a genetic predisposition to developing freckles.
What treatments can remove freckles?
There are lasers available for the treatment of freckles at Evincy Medical Cosmetic Centre. The laser used will depend on the type of freckles, the skin type, and the presence of other skin concerns. Lasers are able to remove the freckles completely usually after one to two sessions.
What is involved in having laser treatment for freckles?
Usually, treatment involves firstly anaesthetising the area to be treated with numbing cream. This helps to reduce the discomfort from the treatment. The appropriate laser is selected, and then systematically applied to the area to be treated. A snapping sensation is felt, as well as some heat. Immediately after the treatment, the freckles appear darker than normal, and the surrounding skin appears red and swollen. Ice packs or an air cooler are usually applied to the skin post-treatment to help reduce the amount of heat, swelling and redness.
After the treatment, the freckles get darker, and remain so until after about one to two weeks where they will scab and peel off. Facial treatments may necessitate about one week of recovery due to swelling, redness, and darkening of freckles.
Treatments are usually spaced at least one month apart, and normally one to two sessions are required, although more are required in some cases.
It is possible for freckles to return with sun exposure, so it is extremely important to wear sunscreen daily, both before and after treatment.