What are pigmented lesions?
Pigmented or brown spots result from the presence of pigment (or melanin) cells in the skin. When the pigment is localized in the epidermis (top or superficial layer of the skin), light brown or tan spots can occur, such as freckles, birthmarks, and sun spots (or lentigos). When the pigment is located deeper in the skin (in the dermis), dark brown spots can result. Superficial, small, tan spots generally require fewer treatments to remove than deeper, larger, or darker pigmented lesions.
What causes pigmented lesions?
Pigmented lesions are created from an excessive concentration of melanin in the skin. Melanin is what gives our skin its color. Everyone has a different amount of melanin in his or her skin. High concentrations of melanin can be due to various factors. Some types are present at birth, but most occur with age or as a result of overexposure to the sun’s damaging rays.
Are treatments safe?
Treatments are safe and effective because of our unique ability to selectively treat the pigmented lesion without adversely affecting the surrounding tissue.
What areas can be treated?
The face, chest, shoulders, and arms are the most popular areas for treatment because they have typically had the most sun exposure.
How long is a session?
The actual treatment will only take a few minutes. Your total appointment time can easily fit into your lunch or break time.
How many treatments are required?
Typically one or two treatments are sufficient to see dramatic results. Additional treatments may be required for very large areas or for densely covered areas.
What happens after the treatment? Are there any side effects?
Immediately following the treatment, the spots may start to darken. You may notice a slight reddening of the surrounding skin. This typically subsides within a couple of hours. Over the course of the next 1-3 weeks, darkened spots will fade and flake off. Consult with your medical professional for complete information on the benefits and risks of treatment
Why is the CoolGlide XEO different from other pulsed light or laser systems?
Comfort. The XEO’s Optimized Pulse Spectrum specifically targets the superficial pigment in the epidermis. By choosing the wavelength spectrum with strong melanin absorption and weak hemoglobin absorption, much lower fluences are needed for effective treatment resulting in less patient discomfort. In contrast, a standard pulse light system uses a broad spectrum, requiring much higher fluences for similar outcomes.