Using a laser for freckles involves applying a concentrated beam of light designed to remove excess skin pigmentation. A dermatologist or skin laser technician normally performs freckle laser treatments only after completing specific training in the safe use of these tools. Using a laser for freckles often entails several treatment sessions, depending on the number and pigmentation of the freckles to be removed. A mild scab may form over the treated area after the first freckle laser treatment, but this is common and normally heals on its own in a short amount of time. An advantage to removing freckles with this method is that the lasers are usually milder and less painful than those used in some other treatments such as tattoo removal.
Before receiving your first laser treatment, you will probably have an initial consultation with your dermatologist. You will typically discuss your current skin condition, the areas of freckles to be removed, and the likely outcomes from using a laser to treat freckling. People with light freckles often need fewer treatments than those with darker-colored freckles. The amount of pigmentation can also affect the specific type of laser to be used. Many experienced dermatologists recommend a certain laser concentration for freckles on light Caucasian skin and a different one for darker skin on people of other ethnic backgrounds.
Skin-care professionals applying a laser for freckles will usually give their clients specific instructions prior to the freckle laser treatments. You will normally be advised not to apply self-tanning lotions and to avoid sun exposure as much as possible for at least a few days before a laser session. The pigment added to tanned skin usually makes a laser for freckles less effective.
The average laser treatment for freckles carries some degree of discomfort that may be more intense for some people based on their overall pain tolerance. A laser technician normally applies a topical anesthetic cream to the freckled area being treated. Some clients may alternately receive a local anesthetic injection. Many people who have received a laser treatment for freckles report that the sensation is similar to a series of pinches on the skin.
After each application of a laser for freckles, the treated area temporarily becomes darker in color. The freckles then usually form scabs after approximately one week. Dermatologists often advise laser clients to keep these areas clean and covered to avoid possible infections. Once the scabs completely heal, many people report more even skin tones with diminished freckling.