WHAT CAUSES AGE SPOTS?
The skin has its own mechanism to combat harmful UV rays from the sun, and produces melanin to protect itself. When the melanin produced is focused in a group of small spots, this leads to the development of grey, brown or black age spots across the skin.
Quick production of melanin may also result in larger patches of concentrated melanin on the skin – this is known as hyperpigmentation. These patches are usually darker in colour, and can appear on any part of the body exposed to the sun.
HOW IT WORKS
The q-Switch Nd:YAG laser emits high energy light towards the affected area, helping to reduce the number of unwanted skin cells. This then allows skin to begin the generation of new cells to replace the old ones. In q-Switch mode, the laser produces two wavelengths with one being specifically used to target and address skin lesions. The laser is able to penetrate deeply without injuring the top layer of skin and also aids the skin’s production of collagen and vital proteins which are essential for healthy and youthful skin.
It is a relatively painless and swift treatment that is suitable for all types of skin. Helping to lighten the tone of your skin, this laser procedure will also help to address your complexion, resulting in fairer and smoother skin.* The q-Switch Nd:YAG laser is also used around the world by many aesthetic doctors as its versatility and safety makes it a popular option.
This treatment may not be suitable if:
- You have been prescribed Roaccutane in the last 6 months
- The treatment area is infected or has dermatitis
- You have experienced abnormal wound healing or keloid scarring
- You are using light sensitising medication
- Prone to seizures triggered by light
Click on the play button above to watch our doctors demonstrate the q-Switch Nd:YAG laser
Dr Nigel Ong of Premier Clinic explained in this video on the importance of identifying the correct skin condition of the patient, in order to make the right setting for the laser treatment. This can avoid skin burns and any unwanted side effects. He advised viewers to go for treatments from licensed clinics and experienced doctors.
No downtime is required for this treatment and you can resume your daily routine after your session. In addition, there is no swelling, scarring or bruising, nor any major side effects associated with this particular treatment. Your skin may experience some mild redness but this is temporary and should subside in 30 minutes.
Results will gradually improve after a period of several months, with a noticeable improvement after each treatment session.* Most individuals are recommended a treatment cycle of 6 sessions spaced 2 weeks apart, but this may vary depending on your skin condition or desired results.