Melasma, brown, sun/age spots, freckles and café-au-lait spots are removed with laser.
Laser treatment of sun-affected skin
Skin damage caused by overexposure to the sun is seen in various changes in the pigmentation and structure of the skin. These include brown uneven stains on the skin – sun spots, age spots, reduced skin elasticity and increased wrinkling.
Photo-aging can be defined as premature aging resulting from long-lasting exposure of the skin to UV rays. The pleasure experienced from the sun and golden colour of the skin during young years can later become a cause of severe skin diseases. These are namely the following: sun lentigo, seborrheic keratosis, telangiectases, cherry angiomas, derman elastosis, and even skin cancer.
For those who suffer from photo-aging, our partner dermatology clinic offers treatments with special laser. It effectively removes harm caused by the sun and restores healthy and natural appearance to the skin.
Pigment skin rejuvenation
Skin rejuvenation procedure is performed in order to renew the skin, including the removal of pigmentary, age, and sun-caused changes. Skin tonus in the laser treated skin areas increase by up to 30%. The treatment also stimulates the production of collagen and elastic fibre, which evens the wrinkles. When the procedure is performed for women in the décolleté area, the results are especially visible, as the skin becomes more elastic.
Why is laser treatment effective?
The ray emitted by the laser is well absorbed by the pigment melanin, which forms pigment spots. During the treatment, a huge amount of energy is transferred to a microscopically small skin area. All that energy is absorbed by the pigment spots, thus quickly and effectively eliminating them. In addition, the skin smoothens due to synthesis of new cells as well as collagen and elastic fiber production stimulated by the energy emitted by the laser. The laser ray does not disturb the integrity of the skin and does not cause any side effects.
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Laser can treat pigment spots in all parts of the body. Women most frequently undergo procedures in the areas of face, neck, décolleté, hands, forearms, and legs. Whereas procedures for men are mostly carried out in the areas of face, neck, arms, and back.
In the face and neck areas, the procedure takes around 3 minutes. Treatment of pigmentary changes of the skin that cover bigger areas (e.g. chest) takes 10 – 15 minutes.
Usually 1 procedure is enough for the pigment to be removed completely or to a great extent. If some pigment still remains after the first procedure, the next procedure is performed in 3 weeks.
Pigment spots may look darker for a few days after the procedure, however will gradually lighten and disappear completely in 5 – 7 days. Hygiene products and make-up can be used normally the next day after the procedure.
Why are moles removed?
There are many reasons why individuals choose to remove moles from their skin. These include psychological and aesthetical discomfort. In the usual case, moles are removed with laser; however, when they are atypical and there is a risk of melanoma, the removal is surgical. You can read about both of the procedures in the accordions below:
Why laser removal of moles is chosen?
The use of modern advanced lasers allows resolving many skin problems in a quick, safe an effective way, without any surgical intervention. Therefore it is normally a primary choice to remove moles, however one should take into consideration that only those moles that are free of malignance risk can be removed with laser. The decision on the most appropriate treatment method for you will be made on the basis of the throughout examination of the mole by an oncodermatologist.
How is the procedure carried out?
Normally, local anaesthesia is applied to the skin area before the removal procedure. The laser ray is focused to the cells that form the mole. Those cells absorb the ray, and thus the mole is eliminated from the skin surface, while the adjacent healthy skin remains intact. After the procedure, the doctor will give detailed instructions on the skin care at home.
When should surgery be performed?
Changed pigmental moles must be constantly monitored or should be removed surgically.
If the mole is suspected to be atypical by a dermatology oncologist, biopsy may be required for its histological examination. Depending on the results of the examination, the surgery method and the scope of excision are selected. A timely detection and surgical removal of such moles can prevent melanoma from reoccurring in the future.
Our partner dermatology clinic ensures that surgical removal of a pigmental mole would leave a scar as little as possible. This is determined not only by the technique of removal, but also mole’s location (e.g. on the chest or back) and professional care of the wound.
Read about dysplastic moles
A dysplastic mole (naevus) is an intermediary form between a regular naevus and melanoma. Such naevi may occur at any age and grow into melanoma over time. They differ from benign neoplasms by some visible signs. Therefore, it is necessary to check the moles in accordance with the ABCDE rule which characterises the following manifestations of melanoma: asymmetry, border irregularity, colour variegation, diameter (> 6 mm), erythema and elevation. In case a mole matches 1 or more of these criteria, it is necessary to contact an oncologist or dermatologist.
Read about melanoma
Melanoma is the most aggressive and dangerous skin neoplasm formed of cells producing the dark pigment melanin.The number of people affected by melanoma is growing rapidly all over the world. Most likely, the main cause of this trend is increased exposure to sources of natural and artificial light. Besides, the risk to be affected by skin cancer or melanoma depends on the properties of the skin (light or freckled skin, blue or green eyes, light or red hair), genes and age. Melanoma ranks second among cancer types causing women’s mortality.
In 90% of cases melanoma develops on the surface of the skin. Melanoma may appear both on plain skin or a mole. Melanoma spreads rapidly both on the surface and into deeper layers of the skin.
Prevention – self-protection against the exposure to UV-rays decreases the probability of melanoma and other malignant skin diseases significantly. Therefore, one should know that it is necessary to avoid active sun, to use high sun protection factors (SPF 30 or more), and to monitor changes on the one’s skin regularly.
Warts may be treated in a variety of ways, however laser removal is considered as the best method to do it. Its biggest advantage is a quick treatment, not as in the case of local medication which requires a much longer period of time. Laser can remove any type of warts from any part of the body, including pointed condylomas that appear on genital organs.
How is the procedure carried out?
Normally the procedure is performed under local anaesthesia; therefore, it is absolutely painless. Warts are removed with the help of laser energy that eliminates the tissues forming the wart. The procedure itself lasts from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the number, size, and localisation of warts.
In order to avoid the risk of getting infected, the treated area must be kept dry and clean after the procedure. The doctor will give you detailed instructions for skincare at home.
Mollusca and papillomas are caused by a proxy-virus, which is spread all over the world. Even though children and teenagers are the group most frequently affected by this skin disease, it may also occur to adults. You can get molluscus and papilomas through a direct contact or indirectly (e.g. touching infected items). Most of the time adults are infected in the places, such as public swimming pools.
How does contagious molluscus look like?
Small isolated glossy concave-centered nodules of round or oval shape with a pearl shade appear on the skin. In the most cases, their diameter is 1 – 5 mm; sometimes – up to 10 mm. Such nodules may show up in the areas of face, neck, underarms, chest, hands, popliteal, groin, or genital areas. Some affected people have a single nodule, while others suffer from a number of nodules spread through the infected area.
The procedure is performed very quickly and hence all the existing nodules may be removed at one time. In order to mitigate the feeling of discomfort, a small amount of local anaesthetic can be applied to the area of the skin. During the procedure, the molluscus and papillomas are removed immediately.
- Do not touch, rub, or otherwise irritate the nodules;
- Do not shave the infected area;
- Do not use other people’s towels, razors or other hygiene items;
- Avoid sexual intercourse until the nodules heal completely;
- Follows rules of personal hygiene.
|Dermatological Removals (if removing more than 10, a 30% discount is granted)||Price in €||Price in £|
|The reference prices of Dermatological Removals|
|Examination, local anesthesia, preparations, dressings and materials required for the removal procedure||25||20|
|Laser removal of a birthmark on the face||45 – 75||39 – 65|
|Laser removal of a birthmark on the body||29 – 59||25 – 50|
|Laser removal of warts and condylomas||from 18||from 15|
|Laser removal of a xanthelasma||35 – 59||29 – 50|
|Laser removal of virus papillomas and mollusca||9||8|
|Laser removal of dermal papillomas and mollusca||25||20|
|Removal of keratoma loci and dyskeratosis loci||29 – 59||25 – 50|
|Removal of stellar hemangioma||75||65|
|Laser polishing of scars||from 89||from 75|
|Laser removal of a pigment spot (2cm2)||20||18|
|Laser removal of pigment spots in the forehead area||105||89|
|Laser removal of pigment spots in the upper lip area||89||75|
|Laser removal of pigment spots on the skin of the nose||89||75|
|Laser removal of pigment spots on the skin of the cheeks||105||89|
|Laser removal of pigment spots on the skin of the chin||105||89|
|Laser removal of pigment spots on the overall face area 50% Discount!||220 (440)||190 (380)|
|Surgical removal of a birthmark||from 115||from 100|
The information about dermatological removals was prepared by the doctors of our dermatology partner clinic – Era Esthetic. It is forbidden to copy and use the information without the permission of the authors.