A little beam of light
can make all the difference . . .
born with birthmarks (benign
if it's only a few freckles. And some of
us are born with more prominent
pigmented lesions, such as café-au-lait
spots, that can be cosmetically
troublesome if on the face, neck, or
some other visible area.
and age spots (solar
lentigines), too, can be
cosmetically bothersome. They're caused
by excessive exposure to the sun, and
most adults eventually get them.
to be little you could do about
pigmented lesions. But now laser
technology has revolutionized treatment
so that many pigmented lesions can be
Understanding pigmented lesions
Pigmented lesions are caused by an
excess of melanin in certain skin
cells (melanin is the substance that
gives skin its color). Some pigmented
lesions, such as café-au-lait, freckles,
and age spots,
are closer to the surface (in the
epidermis), while others are deeper
in the skin (in the dermis).
In the past,
the only remedy for pigmented lesions
was to cover them with make-up. More
recently, dermabrasion, cryosurgery, and
other techniques have been tried, but
they can leave a scar or a visible
white, unpigmented area.
the new VersaPulse® Aesthetic Laser, a
state-of-the-art system specially
designed to treat a full range of
Understanding laser treatment
A laser produces a beam of highly
concentrated light. Different types of
lasers produce different colors of
light. The color of light produced by a
particular laser is the key to the
laser's effect on pigmented lesions.
colors of light are absorbed by specific
colors or pigments in the skin. The
laser's light energy, which is absorbed
by the targeted lesion, eliminates the
appropriate pigmented cells.
The VersaPulse® advantage
Pigmented lesions vary in color,
depending on the type of lesion and the
natural tone of the person's skin. This
means that not every pigmented lesion
absorbs the same color of light. Earlier
lasers emitted only one color of light,
often requiring doctors to use two or
more lasers and repeated sessions to
treat pigmented lesions.
VersaPulse® C Aesthetic Laser produces
short pulses of a wide spectrum of light
colors to treat the full range of
pigmented lesions in a simple series of
What you can expect
age spots may take only one or two 10 to
15-minute laser treatments; café-au-lait
spots and other birthmarks often take
more sessions. Sessions are usually
spaced 4-6 weeks apart and are performed
by Dr. Baker with minimal to no
treatment itself feels like numerous
small snaps with a rubberband. Most
patients do not require anesthesia
during the procedure. Topical or local
anesthesia is provided for those who do.
appearance of the treated area
immediately after a laser session will
vary from patient to patient depending
on the extent of treatment. Immediate
after-effects, if any, are minor. They
may include redness, light crusting, or
tenderness, all of which heal in a short
time. Dr. Baker will be happy to
tell you more about your treatment, its
side effects, and what you can expect.
We're here to help
Ask us about the VersaPulse® laser and
how Dr. Baker can use it to
treat your unwanted pigmented lesion.