LASER SKIN TREATMENT
The GentleMax is a highly effective platform for the removal of pigment (birthmarks, age spots, sun spots, melasma) as well as spider veins.
In spider vein removal, the laser works by sending strong bursts of light into the vein making it slowly fade and disappear.
After treatment, blood vessels fade over 2 – 3 months. They may not disappear completely after a single treatment. Side effects may include redness, bruising, itching, swelling and, in rare instances, permanent skin tone changes. Laser treatments can fade sunspots, also known as solar lentiginosis or age spots, by destroying pigment-producing melanocytes in the skin. Patients typically require several treatment sessions over several weeks or months.
The mechanism for treating melasma (also known as pregnancy mask) with the laser is similar to that for fading sunspots. Post-treatment care of melasma is crucial as melasma is notoriously quick to re-emerge. Any sun exposure in the absence of a sunscreen containing a physical barrier (i.e. titanium or zinc oxide) will almost certainly result in a recurrence of melasma.
LASER SKIN TREATMENT FAQ's
I have dark skin and want to remove some dark spots on my face and body. Is laser treatment suitable for me?
Laser treatment is extremely effective in removing spots caused by sun exposure and hormonal imbalance (such as melasma) aka hyperpigmentation. Unfortunately, it is contra-indicated for dark skins. The following guidelines should be followed:
Skin types 1, 2 and 3 (all Caucasian skin types): Safe to use unless sun exposed
Skin type 4 (Indigenous Canadians, most Hispanics, Metis, many Asians, most Middle-Eastern people): Safe to use provided your skin tone is on the lighter side. We will first perform a test on a very small area to make sure the treatment is both safe and effective for you.
Skin types 4 (darker side) and 5 (most people from India and Pakistan): Laser treatment for pigment is contra-indicated. We do have alternative treatments for you but laser treatment is not safe and will probably make things worse.
Skin type 6 (people of African descent): As for Skin type 5, laser treatment is contra-indicated for reduction of hyperpigmentation. Alternative treatments are available.
* Please note, results may vary from patient to patient and results are not guaranteed. Free consultation is required to assess client requirements.