During the first intake we will determine whether your skin is suitable for this treatment and what you can expect as a result. A photo is taken with the Observ, a skin analysis device that properly captures the pigment in the skin on a photo. In this way, the result is easily measurable and we can evaluate the process in the meantime. There will be certain conditions which we will discuss with you:en:
- Your skin can not be tanned from the sun, sunbeds or a tanning lotion. A laser treatment on tanned skin can cause light or dark spots. After the treatment, it is therefore importent to protect the skin against sunlight for 6 weeks with a sunscreen with a minimum protection factor of 30. Preferably several times a day. This helps to prevent discoloration of the skin. This is of course less necessary when there is little sunlight during the day.
- Some medicines make the skin more sensitive to light, which can cause blisters or scarring. Antibiotica, among others, can cause photosensitivity. It is therefore important to report your medication use.
We ask that you do not apply any camouflage creams to the skin area to be treated on the day of the treatment. These creams block laser beams, making the treatment less effective. You will be given glasses to protect your eyes from the laser light. We choose the right settings, tailored to your skin type and pigmented spots. The treatment can be sensitive, it feels like a warm rubber band hitting the skin like "stings". This is usually well tolerated. you can safely take a painkiller one hour before the treatment, but usually this will not be necessary.
We cool the skin to get the heat out. There will arise some redness and swelling of the treated area. In order to reduce this we recommend to cool the skin multiple times that same day for ten minutes each time. Small crusts or flakes may develop in the days after the treatment that will come off on their own. First, the pigmented spots will become considerably darker. You should definitely not scratch these crusts or flakes because it can cause scarring and infection. After the treatment the skin will be vulnerable and therefore needs to be treated carefully. Leave the skin alone as much as possible. You can carefully wash the skin but make sure to gently pat the face dry. Until one week after the treatment, activities that stimulate the skin circulation (sports, sauna, hot tubs, etc.) are not recommended.
The aim of the treatment is to reduce brown discolorations of the skin such as age spots, sun spots and melasma and to even out the skintone. A pigment decrease of 50% – 95% can be expected depending on the depth of the pigment. Superficial pigment spots will generally require 1 to 3 treatments to disappear. Deeper pigments sometimes need more treatments. Treatments take place at 6 week intervals. Some stains do not react or only partially react, even after several treatments. It is important to avoid factors that promote the return of the excessive pigmentation (such as sun exposure), even if the spots have initially disappeared.
The number of required treatments depends, among other things, on the size of the condition. The amount and depth of the pigment to be lasered is also important. For the face, we need an average of 2-3 treatments. Some abnormalities require more treatments.
The frequency of treatments depends on the healing process of the skin. Usually 6 weeks are used between the treatments so that we can properly assess the result of the previous treatment.
Sometimes a pigment laser treatment of the face can be reimbursed by your health insurer from the supplementary insurance. You can obtain information about this from your own health insurer. Huidkliniek Twente is affiliated with the "Nederlandse Vereniging van Huidtherapeuten" and all of our skin therapists are registered in the "Kwaliteitsregister Paramedici". You will always receive a quote in advance during the intake. Click here for more information about reimbursements.
BEFORE AND AFTER RESULTS PIGMENT LASER TREATMENTS