Laser Freckle & Blemish Removal for Asian, Brown & Ethnic Skin – Dr Peter Kim
If you’re thinking about removing the freckles and blemishes, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. Peter Kim will explain the FAQ about removing the freckles and blemishes in Asian, Brown & Ethnic skins.
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What is a freckle?
Freckles are brown pigment spots that can appear on the face, neck, shoulders and arms. They don’t have a medical cause, but they are caused by exposure to UV light and genetics.
- If your parents have a lot of freckles then you are more likely to have them yourself. Dark spots in the skin known as freckles are clusters of melanin (pigment) deposits. These can be light, dark or somewhere in between. Often they’re a family trait that is passed down from parents to their children.
- Freckles are the result of excessive melanin production. They usually develop in response to excessive sun exposure and they can easily show up on any part of the body that is more exposed to sunlight. You are more likely to have freckles in the sun exposed parts of your body such as your face, arms and shoulders.
- Both lighter skin and darker skin types (Asians) are prone to develop freckles. Freckles appear darker in individuals with dark skin tone than in lighter skin tone. They are usually a cosmetic problem, but in some rare cases, they could be a sign of skin cancer.
Here is an example of freckle.
Blemish is a lay term to describe any skin spot that is cosmetically unattractive or unwanted. It is not a medical term.
There are numerous types of blemishes. Lets have a look at some examples.
- Freckles can be one of the blemishes. Such as the following case.
2. Cafe au lait patches are pigmentations on the skin that looks similar to freckles but are not freckles. This lady has cafe au lait of the cheeks as well as numerous freckles.
3. Age spots are medically called seborrhoiec keratosis. You can see a large age spots in the temple and eyelid area.
4. ABNOM or acquired bilateral ota like nevus. This patient has a dark brown blemishes on her cheeks called ABNOM.
5. Nevus. This patient has a Junctional nevus on her lower eyelid area.
6. Moles, called intradermal nevus onher lip. ‘
7. Vascular lakes of the upper lip.
8. Compound nevus of the side of the lip.
9. Mulitple Intradermal nevus of the face.
10. Combination of moles, freckles, age spots and other pigmentations of the face.
There are numerous other types of blemishes that are not freckles that are relatively common such as pigmented solar keratosis, lentigines, spider nevus, campbell de morgan spots and skin cancers.
Freckles can be removed by laser.
Lasers are able to target melanin, specific pigments in the skin that are responsible for discoloration, which will then be removed.
Once the diagnosis is made,
- Dr Kim will choose the type of laser to use to treat that freckle.
- Then he will decide what form of anaesthesia will be used – cream or injection.
- Then he will choose the spot size, the intensity of the laser pulses, and whether the laser will be focused or defocused.
By controlling these parameters, Dr Kim is able to deliver the laser to the specific depth of the skin where the melanin pigment is located.
A correct choice of laser and the appropriate parameters are the key to achieving success in laser freckle removal. And that is where the experience of the operator is important.
Some freckles are deeper than others and some are more stubborn than others.
Some freckles require one treatment only, but other freckles require 8-12 sessions completely remove it. This is espcially the case when we are treating Ota-like nevus or Aquired Bilateral Ota Like Nevus.
If the freckles are skin cancer, then it may be best to have the diagnosis confirmed with a skin biopsy and treated surgically.
At the time of consultation, Dr Kim will be able to identify the type of freckle, whether it is cancerous, and talk to you about the best treatment option and the likely outcome.
This generally depends on what type of freckles it is we are treating.
Some freckles do not come back after a single or series of treatments, while others may.
If they are freckles that are a result of sun exposure, then they are more likely to come back, as you will likely be exposed to the sun in the future.
Maintenance treatment is required and it is recommended that you avoid direct sun exposure during the treatment.
A laser is a very strong beam of light. It is hot. Most lasers feel like a rubber band flick.
We generally apply local anaesthetic cream for 15 minutes before the laser treatment. This sufficiently numbs the skin so that the laser treatment is tolerable.
Some lasers are very hot. We generally give a local anaesthetic injection before the laser treatment. Once the local is given, the freckle will be completely numb and you will not feel any pain.
The number of treatments you may need to treat your freckle varies.
- For treatment of intradermal nevus, you will need 1-2 sessions.
- For treatment of solar lentigines, you will need about 4-8 sessions.
- For treatment of ABNOM, you will need 12-16 sessions.
- For other types of freckles, the number of laser treatments required varies. Dr Kim will be able to give you a guide at the time of consultation.
You will initially notice lighten freckles. You may need more treatment sessions if you have sensitive skin.
We do not use intense pulsed light as they are an older technology and not a specific or specialised tool to remove freckles.
A typical treatment for solar lentigines will take 30 minutes.
A typical treatment for intradermal nevus will take 5-10 minutes.
A typical treatment for ABNOM will take 45-60 minutes. ABNOMs are generally best treated with our Laser Skin Whitening Program.
You may be scabby, red and look bruised for 2-3 days depending on what type of Laser treatment you had.
Some lasers do not have any downtime.
Most laser treatments are successful and do not have any complications. However, there is a range of complications depending on what type of laser treatment you had.
For stronger lasers, you can potentially get scar and blister. You could also get bruising and swelling from the laser. You could also develop post inflammatory hyperpigmentation or hyperpigmentation.
Freckle removal refers to laser treatment of well-circumscribed skin pigment or skin pigmented lesions.
Skin pigmentation refers to more generalised pigmentation disorders, such as melasma and the treatment of uneven skin tone of the surrounding skin.
The treatment principle and approach to achieve optimal results for freckles and pigmentation are completely different.
Have a look at our Laser Skin Whitening Program to see the treatment for generalised pigmentation or pigmentation disorder.
Dr Kim has been performing Laser treatments for Darker skin types including Asians for over 15 years and has helped hundreds of patients achieve the look they desire.
As per Good Medical Practice Guideline, we would like to notify you that:
- ‘Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.’
- ‘Previous success is not a promissory indication of future success.’
- All before and after photos on this site are Dr Kim’s results.
- Copyrights are reserved by Asian Cosmetic Surgery Clinic (Dr Peter Kim Cosmetic Clinic).
Disclaimer (important notice)
As per Good Medical Practice Guideline, we would like to notify you that:
Any surgical, invasive, nonsurgical, or laser procedure carries risks.
Complications do and can occur.
Previous success is not a promissory indication of future success.
Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
All before and after photos on this site are Asian Cosmetic Surgery Clinic’s results.
Copyrights reserved by Dr Peter Kim.
The next step
If you have any questions or concerns about laser freckle removal for Asian, Ethnic and Brown skin, please feel free to contact us. Dr Kim has helped hundreds of patients achieve their desired results. We would be happy to discuss the procedure with you in more detail and answer any questions you may have. To book an appointment, call 9411 4880.
Our principal clinic, Asian Cosmetic Surgery Clinic (Dr Peter Kim Cosmetic Clinic) is located in Chatswood. For your convenience, Dr Kim also consults at Haymarket, Eastwood and Cabramatta.
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