Freckles are multiple, flat, spots on the skin due to uneven distribution of melanin (skin pigment) in those areas. They are usually around the size of a matchstick head, and are reasonably uniform in colour. They are usually situated on sun exposed areas of the skin, including the face, neck, arms and shoulders and usually darken after sun exposure. Usually, freckles start to occur at a very young age. Freckles most commonly occur in people with lighter or fairer skin types, and in those who have a genetic predisposition to developing freckles.
What to expect after Procedure
- Immediately after the treatment, the freckles appear darker than normal, and the surrounding skin appears red and swollen. Ice packs or an air cooler are usually applied to the skin post-treatment to help reduce the amount of heat, swelling and redness.
- the freckles get darker, and remain so until after about one to two weeks where they will scab and peel off. Facial treatments may necessitate about one week of recovery due to swelling, redness, and darkening of freckles.
- Sunscreen pre and post treament is important to help reduce the recurrence of freckles.
Freckle removal with Ruby lasers can be effective in the hands of experienced practitioners. Calibration is highly sensitive to a patient’s existing pigmentation. Treatments are usually spaced at least one month apart, and normally one to two sessions are required, although more are required in some cases.