Pigmented lesions encompass a wide range of skin lesions with different etiologies. Some pigmented lesions may be safely and effectively removed by laser therapy. In general, discrete lesions that are homogenous and stable can be safely eradicated with a single treatment with a Q-switched laser. These lasers deliver energy that is specifically absorbed by the pigment that is more concentrated within the undesired lesion than the background skin. A small scab will form for a few days and then flake off leaving normal skin. For more diffuse pigmentation or confluent pigmented lesions, the Clear + Brilliant Permea® or Fraxel® Restore Dual lasers can be used to blend in imperfections and offer overall rejuvenation.
Any lesion that begins to change or appears distinct from your other lesions (“ugly duckling”) warrants prompt medical evaluation and may require a skin biopsy.