Sun Damage Specialist

Saluja Cosmetic and Laser Center

Raminder Saluja, MD

Cosmetic Surgeon located in Charlotte, Huntersville, NC

Over time, sun damage leads to sun spots on your skin, while normal aging causes other pigment problems like brown spots. Dr. Raminder Saluja at Saluja Cosmetic and Laser Center has an effective solution. She eliminates pigmented areas using laser and intense-pulsed light (IPL) treatments, Picosure Focus Lens or Thulium lasers, choosing the best option to meet your skin care needs. To learn if you’re a good candidate, call the office in Huntersville, North Carolina or book an appointment online.

Sun Damage, Sun Spots, and Laser Pigment Reduction Q & A

What is laser pigment reduction?

You may hear laser pigment reduction referred to as a photofacial because it’s a treatment designed to eliminate sun damage, sun spots, and other skin discolorations. Laser pigment reduction targets the following problems:

  • Brown spots, age spots, and freckles
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Spider veins
  • Redness from broken capillaries
  • Enlarged pores
  • Rosacea

Besides treating areas of hyperpigmentation, laser and intense-pulsed light (IPL) treatments also rejuvenate your skin by stimulating collagen production. As you shed the old, outer layer of skin, strong, resilient, evenly toned skin replaces it.

How do lasers reduce skin pigmentation and sun damage?

As an expert in cosmetic laser treatments, Dr. Saluja uses laser and IPL technology so she can customize your skin care.

Laser and IPL devices work the same way: They operate at wavelengths that are only absorbed by colored pigments, such as red blood cells and brown spots, leaving surrounding tissues unharmed.

As pigmented tissues absorb laser or light energy, the heat destroys them. After your body clears away the waste, the discoloration is permanently gone.  It is important to sun protect, however as new pigment can be created, so protect your investment by wearing SPF of at least 30.

The difference between laser and IPL treatment is this: Lasers only operate on one wavelength while IPL devices utilize a broad range of wavelengths. IPL has the advantage of treating multiple skin concerns in one treatment.

On the other hand, Dr. Saluja can use a laser to resurface your skin, if that’s the best choice for treating your unique skin concern.

What should you expect during and after treatment?

Treatment usually takes 30-60 minutes, depending on the type of treatment and size of the treatment area. It takes time for your body to remove pigment waste and regrow fresh, collagen-rich skin, so you won’t see optimal results for several weeks.

Your recovery time also depends on the treatment you received. Nonablative treatments that leave your skin intact have lesser downtimes (1-3 days), but makeup can be worn post procedure.

You may need to take downtime following laser skin resurfacing, but your recovery depends on the depth of skin removed. When your session is over, you’ll receive specific care instructions to follow as you heal.

To learn more about eliminating your sun spots and brown spots, call Saluja Cosmetic and Laser Center or book a consultation online.