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Pigment Removal

Pigment Removal

Over time, your skin is affected by exposure to UV light, which can cause pigmentary changes on the surface of the skin.  The result can be sun or age spots as well as freckles. Some skin is affected by pigmentary changes at birth, called nevi or birthmarks.  Regardless of the pigmentary condition, the LightPod Neo can safely and effectively treat your pigmented lesion, resulting in an even and uniform skin tone.

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Description of Procedure:

The Aerolase Neo laser is a medical-grade, non-invasive laser system designed to target and remove unwanted pigmentation in the skin. The procedure utilizes advanced laser technology that emits short pulses of light energy. The laser energy is specifically absorbed by the excess melanin (pigment) in the skin, effectively breaking it down into smaller particles. The body's natural processes then gradually clear away these particles, leading to a reduction in pigmentation and an improvement in skin tone.


Aerolase Neo laser pigment removal is typically indicated for individuals with various types of pigmentation concerns, including:

  1. Sunspots and age spots

  2. Freckles

  3. Melasma (hormonal pigmentation)

  4. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) caused by acne or other skin conditions


While Aerolase Neo is generally safe, there are certain contraindications where the procedure may not be suitable. Contraindications may include:

  1. Pregnancy

  2. Active skin infections or open wounds in the treatment area

  3. History of keloid scarring

  4. History of skin cancer or suspicious skin lesions

  5. Use of photosensitizing medications

  6. Darker skin types (certain lasers may not be suitable for darker skin tones to avoid potential side effects)

It is crucial to have a consultation with a qualified practitioner before undergoing the procedure to assess your eligibility and discuss potential risks.

Side Effects:

Side effects with the Aerolase Neo laser are generally minimal and temporary. They may include:

  1. Mild redness and swelling in the treated area (typically subsides within a few hours)

  2. Temporary darkening of the treated pigmentation (this will gradually fade)

  3. Rarely, mild blistering or scabbing (more common in sensitive areas or when aftercare instructions are not followed)

What to Expect During Treatment:

During the procedure, you will likely be given protective eyewear to shield your eyes from the laser light. The practitioner will then apply the laser to the targeted areas. The treatment itself is generally well-tolerated and causes minimal discomfort. Some patients may feel a slight warming or snapping sensation as the laser pulses are delivered.

Pain Control During Procedure:

The procedure is typically well-tolerated, and most patients do not require pain control. However, if you have concerns about discomfort, the practitioner may use a topical numbing cream before starting the treatment.

Duration of Procedure:

The duration of the procedure depends on the size and number of areas being treated. In most cases, a single session can be completed within 15 to 30 minutes.

Recovery Time:

One of the benefits of Aerolase Neo laser pigment removal is that there is minimal downtime. You may experience some redness and mild swelling immediately after the procedure, but this should resolve within a few hours. You can usually resume your regular activities immediately after treatment.

Typical Number of Sessions Required:

The number of sessions required varies based on the individual and the severity of the pigmentation. In some cases, significant improvement may be seen after just one session. However, a series of 3 to 5 treatments, spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart, is often recommended to achieve optimal results.

Expected Treatment Results:

Results from Aerolase Neo laser pigment removal should become noticeable within a few weeks after each session. Over the course of the treatment series, you can expect to see a gradual lightening and reduction of pigmentation, leading to a more even skin tone. Results can be long-lasting with proper sun protection and skincare.

Post-Treatment Instructions:

To ensure the best outcomes and minimize potential side effects, it's essential to follow the post-treatment instructions provided by your practitioner. These may include:

  1. Avoiding direct sunlight and using sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) on treated areas

  2. Avoiding harsh skincare products or treatments on the treated area for a few days

  3. Keeping the treated area clean and dry

  4. Avoiding picking or scratching any scabs that may form

  5. Staying hydrated and maintaining a healthy skincare routine

Typical Cost:

The cost of Aerolase Neo laser pigment removal can vary depending on several factors, such as the location of the clinic, the size of the treatment area, and the number of sessions required. Generally, the cost per session can range from $200 to $600.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a chemical peel?
    A chemical peel is a cosmetic procedure performed by a licensed professional to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck, or hands. It involves applying a chemical solution to the skin, which causes the outer layers to exfoliate, revealing smoother, healthier skin underneath.
  • How does a chemical peel work?
    The chemical solution used in a peel causes controlled damage to the skin's outer layers. This stimulates the skin to shed dead cells and prompts the body to produce new collagen and elastin, leading to a rejuvenated and more youthful appearance.
  • What skin concerns can be addressed with chemical peels?
    Chemical peels can help improve various skin concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, uneven skin tone, pigmentation issues, and mild to moderate acne.
  • Are there different types of chemical peels?
    Yes, chemical peels come in various types and strengths, including superficial, medium, and deep peels. The type of peel used depends on the specific skin concerns being addressed and the desired level of exfoliation.
  • How long does a chemical peel procedure take?
    The duration of a chemical peel procedure can vary depending on the type and depth of the peel being performed. Typically, superficial peels take about 30 minutes, while medium to deep peels may take up to an hour or more.
  • Is a chemical peel painful?
    Most patients experience a mild burning or stinging sensation during the procedure, which subsides relatively quickly. Deeper peels may cause more discomfort, but pain management techniques can be used to minimize any discomfort.
  • How long is the recovery period after a chemical peel?
    The recovery time can vary depending on the depth of the peel. Superficial peels may have little to no downtime, with some redness and peeling that usually resolves within a few days. Medium to deep peels may require a week or more of recovery time, during which the skin may be red, swollen, and peeling.
  • Are there any side effects or risks associated with chemical peels?
    Like any cosmetic procedure, chemical peels carry some risks, such as redness, swelling, irritation, and increased sensitivity to the sun. In rare cases, there might be complications like scarring or infection, especially with deeper peels.
  • How many sessions of chemical peels are needed to see results?
    The number of sessions required depends on the individual's skin condition and the type of peel used. Some people may achieve desired results with a single peel, while others might need a series of peels spaced several weeks apart for optimal results.
  • Can anyone get a chemical peel?
    While chemical peels are generally safe for most skin types, not everyone is a suitable candidate. People with certain skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, or recent sunburns, may need to avoid chemical peels. It's essential to consult with a qualified professional to determine if a chemical peel is right for you.

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