Sun Damage Laser Photo Rejuvenation

Sun or Age spots are concentrated areas of high amounts of melanin in the cells of the epidermis. They are driven upwards to the surface of the skin through natural cell renewal and a sun spot appears. Sun spots are caused by UV (mostly UVA) rays, hormones and genetics.

The Apogee Elite laser is designed to permanently treat superficial brown blemishes such as sun spots by targeting the melanin in the skin through a specific wavelength and breaking it down without damaging the surrounding tissue. Immediately after your treatment, spots will appear darker and flaky and will heal after several days by flaking off. It generally takes 3 weeks for skin to be completely healed and ready for re treatment.

Improvement should be seen after a single treatment however multiple treatments spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart may be required to achieve desired results.

Pricing

Pricing for pigmented lesions is $200 per treatment. We invite you to book a complementary consultation if you are considering treatment for sun / age spots.

Preparation

The day of your treatment, do not apply any creams to the treatment area. Ensure that you have not used self tanners, or used a tanning bed in the past 4 weeks and that you do not have a tan. It is very important to stay out of the sun for a minimum of 4 weeks after your treatment as well as this could cause discoloration in the area treated. We recommend limited sun exposure 4 weeks prior, post and throughout the treatments series. If you cannot avoid sun exposure you should use a good quality minimum sun screen protection of 30 SPF.

Post Treatment Care:

  • Care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated area for the first 24-48 hours following treatment. You may wash your face gently and apply moisturizers and makeup as long as the skin is not broken.
  • Do not rub or manipulate the area and do not use any exfoliating products for 2 weeks after your treatment.
  • Ice, chilled cold packs or wet wash cloth put in freezer for 2-3 minutes may be applied post-treatment as needed for comfort.
  • Treated spots usually darken after treatment, and crusting begins to form within a few days. This crusting usually resolves in 1 to 3 weeks. It should be allowed to naturally flake off for best results.
  • Localized erythema (redness or inflammation) may also be present and typically resolve 24 to 48 hours.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise, hot tubs or spas for at least 24 to 48 hours after treatment.
  • If the skin is broken or a blister appears, apply a topical antibiotic (such as Polysporin, Neosporin or Fucidin) and please contact us. Also, for further protection, keep the affected area covered and moist with Aquaphor and avoid direct sunlight while experiencing these symptoms.
  • The recommended time interval between treatments is 3 weeks or longer, once the crusting has cleared and the skin has healed.
  • Avoid artificial tanning, or excessive sun exposure following your treatment. Please use a good quality sunscreen minimum SPF 30.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office.

Frequently asked questions for LaserFacial

How many treatments can I expect?

You should see an improvement after one treatment but it may take several treatments to get the desired results. We say to expect up 5 but in most cases it can take less and in rare cases not help at all.

What does the treatment feel like?

The treatment feels like a rubber band snapping against the skin and can feel a little bit hot.

What can I expect after treatment?

Usually within approximately 20 minutes you will see a slightly darker color of the area treated. It can take up to 3 weeks for the discoloration to slough off. It may feel like a slight sunburn sensation for a few days following the treatment. In some cases it may look like a superficial burn and in rare cases a blister may appear. It is very important to follow all post treatment instructions and stay out the sun for at least a 4 week period following treatment to avoid irritation to the treated area. If you cannot avoid sun exposure then a sunscreen of no less than 30 SPF should be used.

How do I prepare for the treatments?

It is very important for you to stay out of the sun as you could cause discoloration in the area treated. We recommend 4 weeks prior and throughout the treatments series. If you cannot avoid sun exposure you should use a minimum sun screen protection of 30 SPF or higher.

Pricing

Pricing for pigmented lesions is $200 per treatment. We invite you to book a complementary consultation if you are considering treatment for sun / age spots.

Preparation

The day of your treatment, do not apply any creams to the treatment area. Ensure that you have not used self tanners, or used a tanning bed in the past 4 weeks and that you do not have a tan. It is very important to stay out of the sun for a minimum of 4 weeks after your treatment as well as this could cause discoloration in the area treated. We recommend limited sun exposure 4 weeks prior, post and throughout the treatments series. If you cannot avoid sun exposure you should use a good quality minimum sun screen protection of 30 SPF.

Post Treatment Care:

  • Care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated area for the first 24-48 hours following treatment. You may wash your face gently and apply moisturizers and makeup as long as the skin is not broken.
  • Do not rub or manipulate the area and do not use any exfoliating products for 2 weeks after your treatment.
  • Ice, chilled cold packs or wet wash cloth put in freezer for 2-3 minutes may be applied post-treatment as needed for comfort.
  • Treated spots usually darken after treatment, and crusting begins to form within a few days. This crusting usually resolves in 1 to 3 weeks. It should be allowed to naturally flake off for best results.
  • Localized erythema (redness or inflammation) may also be present and typically resolve 24 to 48 hours.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise, hot tubs or spas for at least 24 to 48 hours after treatment.
  • If the skin is broken or a blister appears, apply a topical antibiotic (such as Polysporin, Neosporin or Fucidin) and please contact us. Also, for further protection, keep the affected area covered and moist with Aquaphor and avoid direct sunlight while experiencing these symptoms.
  • The recommended time interval between treatments is 3 weeks or longer, once the crusting has cleared and the skin has healed.
  • Avoid artificial tanning, or excessive sun exposure following your treatment. Please use a good quality sunscreen minimum SPF 30.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office.

Frequently asked questions for LaserFacial

How many treatments can I expect?

You should see an improvement after one treatment but it may take several treatments to get the desired results. We say to expect up 5 but in most cases it can take less and in rare cases not help at all.

What does the treatment feel like?

The treatment feels like a rubber band snapping against the skin and can feel a little bit hot.

What can I expect after treatment?

Usually within approximately 20 minutes you will see a slightly darker color of the area treated. It can take up to 3 weeks for the discoloration to slough off. It may feel like a slight sunburn sensation for a few days following the treatment. In some cases it may look like a superficial burn and in rare cases a blister may appear. It is very important to follow all post treatment instructions and stay out the sun for at least a 4 week period following treatment to avoid irritation to the treated area. If you cannot avoid sun exposure then a sunscreen of no less than 30 SPF should be used.

How do I prepare for the treatments?

It is very important for you to stay out of the sun as you could cause discoloration in the area treated. We recommend 4 weeks prior and throughout the treatments series. If you cannot avoid sun exposure you should use a minimum sun screen protection of 30 SPF or higher.