Brown spots on skin have many names such as age spots, liver spots, sunspots, skin discolorations, hyperpigmentation, melasma or freckles. While these spots are harmless, many people think they are unsightly. These spots usually start to appear after age 50 and grow larger as a person ages. Brown spots most frequently appear on the face, the scalp and the hands. The main cause of the brown spots is too much exposure to the sun. Prevention is accomplished with sunscreen, sunblock, and prevention of sun exposure. There are several ways to treat brown spots to reduce their appearance or to remove them.
An increased number of very superficial blood vessels, combined with sensitive skin or skin that flushes easily, leads to the increased red appearance of the skin. The Gentlemax Pro was specifically developed to target specific types of blood vessels and redness giving Dr. Mark Herron the latest state of the art technology and versatility needed in tailoring treatments.
Seborrheic keratoses are the most common benign tumor found in older individuals. Seborrheic keratoses have a variety of clinical appearances and they develop from the proliferation of epidermal cells. They often appear on the back or chest, but can occur on any part of the body. Seborrheic keratoses grow slowly, in groups or singly. Most people will develop at least one seborrheic keratosis during their lifetime. Although no specific etiologic factors have been identified, they occur more frequently in sunlight-exposed areas. The Gentlemax Pro produces an intense beam of light that burns and destroys the growth. Laser light cleans (sterilizes) and seals as it cuts tissue, which reduces bleeding, pain, and healing time.
Benefits of Gentlemax Pro® Treatments
- Lightening and removing “sun spots”, “age spots”, and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body
- Lightening and reducing redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels and “broken” blood vessels on the face, neck and chest
- Helping to control flushing
- Removal of Seborrheic Keratosis
Pre & Post Treatment Instructions – Laser Treatment
- Don’t sunbathe or use a tanning bed
- Do not use a fake tan
- Do not use depilatory creams on treatment area
Areas treated by the laser(s) will be sensitive during the initial 7-10 day healing phase, and must be treated with care. As a result, your response to treatment will not be evaluated until after this initial healing phase is completed – typically several weeks after treatment. Dr. Herron will review appropriate treatment expectations and alternative treatment options.
- To prevent swelling, or reduce any swelling if it occurs, apply an ice pack to the treated area. The ice should be wrapped in a soft cloth and applied for 10-15 minutes each 30 minutes hour, for the first 4-6 hours. In some instances, you may continue this icing process for the first 2 days after treatment. Post procedure icing is the most important task to do following this procedure.
- Showers are permitted, but prolonged bathing is not advised. Heat, hot water, sauna, hot tub, and such will cause the treatment site to get inflamed and swell more. Do not rub with a towel or washcloth, because the area is extremely delicate while healing.
- Any discomfort you feel (usually not lasting more than 6 hours) should be relieved with acetaminophen (Tylenol). Do not ingest aspirin or medicines containing aspirin during the 7 day healing period as it could increase any bruising or temporary purple marks.
- Do not tan the area treated. Use a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or greater throughout the course of treatment. Avoid direct sun exposure on the site until the area is fully healed.
- Avoid swimming and contact sports while the skin is healing, especially if there is any crusting of the area treated.
- Do not pop any blisters, or pick any scabs. Call the office if you get a blister.
- Do not apply make-up or skin rejuvenation products to the site for 24 hours.
- Everyone heals differently, depending on your particular condition, the type of laser you were treated with, and the way your skin reacts to the laser(s).
If you develop any blisters, crusts, prolonged swelling, pain in the area treated, or if you are concerned please call our office
If you find the area treated is sensitive, continue abiding by the above list for another week. You should be able to resume all of your regular activities immediately. By dividing the full program into several treatments, the procedure provides improvement with low risk.
Complications of treatment with the the Gentlemax Pro laser are uncommon. Dark discoloration (hyperpigmentation) of the treated area is unlikely to occur and would fade over months; however, it is important to avoid sun exposure after treatment to minimize this risk. It is important to follow instructions regarding aspirin and ibuprofen in order to avoid bruising. Laser light cannot penetrate deeper than the skin and will not harm internal organs, but goggles must be worn to protect the eyes. Some lesions may not be completely cleared by the treatment, requiring more treatments at additional cost.