The Alexandrite Laser treats tan or brown pigment associated with aging, sun damage and other dermatologic conditions.
How does Alexandrite Laser work?
The Alexandrite Laser emits focused light energy via an alexandrite crystal. As the light passes through the alexandrite crystal, a beam of light 755 nm long is produced. This light selectively targets pigmented areas with light, causing them to break up and fade away. The Alexandrite Laser effectively treats pigmentation, brown spots and birthmarks.
Is Alexandrite Laser safe?
The FDA has cleared the Alexandrite Laser to safely treat a number of issues related to skin tone and pigmentation. The Alexandrite Laser has an excellent safety profile. Like any surgical or non-surgical procedure, there are risks. As a teacher and trainer of other physicians in laser procedures, Dr. Cox stresses the importance of finding an experienced physician who understands the finer points of laser treatment.
Alexandrite Laser downtime
Alexandrite Laser treatment is well tolerated. The procedure itself typically takes less than 15 minutes. Patients report a sensation of pinpoint heat that may feel similar to a sunburn for up to 30 minutes post-procedure.
There is no real downtime associated with Alexandrite Laser treatment. The treated areas will become dark and rough and may be sensitive for up to a week as they heal. In order to avoid unintended scarring, it is essential not to pick at scabbing or wash the area too vigorously. During this time, it is important to protect the area from sun exposure or other irritation.
Alexandrite Laser results
Many patients are happy with one to two Alexandrite laser treatment for smaller brown spots. Larger pigmented areas may require a series of treatment. Once treated and healed, these spots typically do not return. Using sunscreen and wearing sun protective clothing will help prevent new pigmentation from forming.