Freckles are flat, uniform pigmented spots of skin that vary in colour from reddish tones, light to dark browns, or even black depending on skin colour and ethnicity. As small as 1-2mm in general, they are hereditary or appear due to UV exposure, and predominantly occur in areas of high sun susceptibility such as the nose, cheeks, upper shoulders, and arms. Freckles are most commonly seen in people of fair complexion and can present at as early as 12 months of age. They present as flat macular discolourations of the skin which often increase in number and appear darker in summer and lighter in winter.They also occur more commonly among people who have lighter skin or sundamaged and are genetically inclined to develop freckles.
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Freckles are harmless, however, if quite prominent they can be considered unappealing. Treatment of freckles is performed using a pigment laser or a Q Switch laser depending on their colour. A skin care regime is advised to assist in maintaining clearance which includes cosmeceutical products such as vitamin A based products and diligent use of an effective sunscreen. Lightening products may also be recommended. The most effective freckles treatment is laser treatment as it provides the best results within a short period of time. On average, freckle treatment in Melbourne using lasers may require 1 to 3 sessions.
Another freckles laser treatment that has proven most effective for freckle removal is the fractional laser. Compared to the other lasers, fractional lasers tend to target water in the skin rather than melanin. The treatment works by stimulating repair and the exfoliation of the layers of the skin on the surface. Through the process of natural skin healing, the freckles too, are reduced in the process. Fractional laser makes use of its light energy heating and ablating fine columns into the skin, ensuring an even treatment. While it does not cover the whole skin surface, it spares the skin between the columns of laser energy. The treatment manages to effectively remove freckles and is a popular method with clients. This treatment is performed by the clinicians at Laser Melbourne for treating face freckles on light to olive skin tones.
The cost of your freckles treatment will depend on the area you need treated as well as the number of sessions you will need to undergo for effective results. As freckles also vary in colour, this will determine which laser and laser wavelength is recommended. Call the clinic for an appointment for a consultation.