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What are the various treatments for Pigmentation?
Pigmentation is actual deposition of melanin granules under the skin. Depending on the depth of melanin deposit, the pigmentation is graded as superficial depth (epidermal), medium depth (part epidermis and part dermis) and deep (only dermal). The superficial pigmentation can be managed with only creams and if needed, peels. Medium Depth peels are managed with peels and If need be laser. Deep peels respond only to Laser.
How does the Laser Remove Pigmentation?
The laser device emits a specific wavelength which is absorbed by the melanin granules. The rapid absorption of light energy causes the pigment to burst into multiple smaller pigment droplets which is then removed by the body's natural filtering systems.
Can laser remove tattoo pigment?
Yes. It is based on the same principle as pigmentation removal. Only difference is the laser settings have to be changes as per the absorption spectrum of the tattoo ink.
Is the process painful?
The laser emits light in very short flashes of light called pulses. The impact of the energy from the powerful pulse of light is similar to the snap of a thin rubber band. The majority of all patients do not require anesthesia but anesthetic creams are available in case of sensitive patients.
How much time does a session take?
Treatments are relatively quick and do not take more than 10 minutes.
Are They any Risks or Side Effects?
There are generally no side-effects. There is some redness & swelling at the site which resolves with ice application.
Will the laser also affect my unaffected skin?
No, the laser identifies only pigment. As it cannot identify other tissue, it doesn't damage the surrounding skin.
Can one go back to work? Is there a downtime?
There is no downtime. One can resume normal activities immediately after a session.
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