Freckle Removal - Adelaide
Freckles are cute, right? That’s what everybody always says. But what if you’re one of the freckled folk who would prefer it if they’d just…vanish?
Freckles are small, circular spots on the skin that are darker – sometimes much darker – than the surrounding skin. Most are light to dark brown in colour, but they can range anywhere from yellow to almost black.
You may have heard freckles referred to as ‘kisses from the sun’, and it’s true that exposure to sunlight can bring them out. This is because of the sun reacting with melanin in the skin. Freckles can also be inherited, and if your parents or siblings are freckled it’s likely you will be too.
There are actually two different types of freckle – ephelides and lentigines. Ephilides freckles only emerge during the summer months when there’s lots of sunlight on the skin. Usually, light brown, they fade in winter.
In contrast, lentigine freckles are usually much darker in colour. They’re also permanent and aren’t affected by exposure to sunlight. It’s these freckles that people most often want to remove – whereas ephelides freckles are seen as attractive, the darker ones are often seen as undesirable for those who have them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Excel V laser treatment can be highly effective in eliminating freckles and leaving the skin clear. In our experience, it’s the best option for those who are wishing their freckles away.
The Excel V laser is designed to concentrate on powerful photomechanical energy on the areas of skin you wish to treat. Each Excel V pulse is distributed into patterns of high-energy, focused regions embedded in a lower-fluence background. The laser energy is absorbed by the freckles, which destroys the melanin, removing the freckle.
The treatment works because high energy levels in the laser create a photo-acoustic effect on the melanin in the freckles, shattering the pigment particles and allowing them to be more easily absorbed and removed by the body. You’ll see results within 48 hours and, over time, your freckles will either completely disappear or fade significantly. Treatments will last as little as 15-30 minutes.
With Excel V freckle laser removal treatments, the cutting edge technology involved means its virtually pain-free and has the fastest recovery time of any treatment on the market, making it increasingly popular.
Immediately after your treatment, you may notice that your skin is a little red, but this should start to fade within just a few hours. Over the next few days, the pigmentation from your freckles will start to rise to the surface of your skin and be shed like normal dead skin.
Every person needs a different number of treatments, so ask at your consultation how many we think you might need. The darker the freckles, the more treatments required. As the recovery time is so fast, you can be treated as often as once a month.
How long each individual treatment takes depends on the size of the area being treated – naturally, larger areas will take longer than smaller ones but we’ll be able to give you a more specific idea at your initial consultation.
There’s no downtime and you won’t need any time off work – in fact, you can go back to your normal day right away! You should avoid sun exposure both before and after your treatment and use a high factor SPF if you do need to go out in sunny weather.
A chemical peel works by using a chemical solution that exfoliates the outer layer of skin. To remove freckles, a moderate strength peel is used that contains trichloroacetic acid or glycolic acid. The acid penetrates to the skins middle layers. Once damaged the outer layer of skin is removed and new skin is generated.
The side effects of chemical peels are:
A moderate skin peel may take up to two weeks to heal. Dr Targett will provide you with aftercare instructions following your procedure.
Bleaching or fading creams may be used to help fade freckles. These products usually contain hydroquinone and can be purchased over the counter. For higher concentrations, you will need a prescription. You will need to apply these products over a period of months to be effective. You will also need to avoid sun exposure and use sun protection from the sun.
Retinoids can also be used in conjunction with bleaching cream to help fade freckles over a period of time.
Why Choose Advanced Cosmetic Medicine
Our commitment to you is to provide you with the highest standard of service, treatment and patient care. You will always receive personal attention and treatment from Dr Rahma Targett each and every time you visit us.
Dr Targett will take the time to listen to your cosmetic needs and provide you with sound advice and realistic expectations. We will work with you to develop a plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Dr Targett will take the time to explain the procedure and provide you with expectations of the outcomes.
Following your treatment, we will provide you with the aftercare and advice that you deserve. At Advanced Cosmetic Medicine, you will have the peace of mind that you are being treated by a qualified doctor in aesthetic medicine.
Dr Targett and her team will provide you with everything you need to achieve your aesthetic and health goals.
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