Treatment for Freckles
First, before having any laser or IPL freckle removal performed, have your dermatologist determine if any of your spots are precancerous or cancerous. Unusual spots may indicate rare but serious disorders as well as skin cancer, so check with a dermatologist first. If your dermatologist determines the spots to be freckles and not harmful, laser or IPL treatments can proceed.
The best thing about freckles is that they are highly treatable with lasers and IPLs. The treatment usually ends with a highly satisfactory result.
How it Works
A laser, such as a YAG laser or IPL medilux, is passed over the area to be treated and the melanin pigment which makes up the freckles is removed by the laser light. Green laser light by an IPL is particularly effective on brown spots and freckles.
The reason green light works so well at removing brown spots is because melanin pigment is designed to block short wavelengths of light.
Does it Hurt?
Rarely Does Anyone Complain. Most people find the treatment tolerably annoying or slightly uncomfortable. It's not uncomfortable enough that I ever use topical numbing creams prior to treatment. Pain thresholds vary, and in my practice I find that men tend to have lower thresholds for pain than women, but rarely does anyone complain about the pain of the laser or IPL treatment.
Possible Side Effects
One of the problems you may experience is a little bit of crusting on the skin or a little bit of bruising which may last a week to two weeks following treatment.
Price range varies from the number of freckles and the packages and price range can be determined at the time of consultation.