Updated: Feb 23
What Are Freckles?
Freckles are small, brown spots on your skin. They usually occur on the face, neck and shoulders. Freckles are often quite noticeable and can be embarrassing to people who are self-conscious about their appearance.
Freckles form as a result of the overproduction of melanin, which is is the cell that is responsible to produce color for skin and hair. Freckles come from ultraviolet (UV) radiation stimulation.
How Do Freckles Look?
There are 2 types of freckles, ephelides, and solar lentigines.
Ephelides are the common brown spots that people perceive as freckles. They form as a consequence of sun exposure. Ephelides can appear on the face, neck, décolleté and back of the hands.
Solar lentigines tend to accumulate in more mature individuals. Solar lentigines includes common brown spots known as ageing spots and sunspots. Solar lentigines appear in patches, rather than like speckles as commonly known for ephelides. Solar lentigines appear due to persistent UV ray exposure or sun exposure and also due to hormone changes. Solar lentigines tend to appear during or after pregnancy and hormone changes such as use of oral birth control prescription.
Pictures below show the examples of ephelides and solar lentigines.
Which Choice of Laser Should I Get To Remove Freckles?
Pico Laser is the most advanced and latest medical technology in the skin and aesthetic industry. Pico Laser is highly recommended to be used to remove freckles. Pico Laser name is derived from its Picosecond technology, which means that the light laser travels in one trillionth of a second. This ultimately means that less energy and heat is transferred to the skin, which significantly reduces chances of side effects and complication.
How Many Treatments Do I Need To Remove Freckles?
Pico Laser is specific and it is designed to remove dark spots such as freckles. Most individuals achieve excellent result in 1 treatment, but a couple more treatments is necessary to ensure complete removal of freckles.
This may vary for each individual, depending on the types of freckles as mentioned above, ephelides and solar lentigines and each individual skin response.
What Is The Side Effects of Removing Freckles?
Immediately after Pico Laser treatment, individuals may feel the warmth and see redness over the treated area. The warmth and redness usually dissipates in the next half to one hour.
The colour of the freckles will be deeper and some may form scabs over them. It takes a good few days for the skin to go through its renewal process to remove the freckles. Individual may expect to see lightening or removal of the freckles 1 weeks after the treatment.
Skin care protection with a good sunblock is necessary to maintain a clear complexion. Sunblock with at least SPF 50 and PA ++ is categorised as a good sunblock. We highly recommend our Skin Defense and Skin Defense Tinted. Click the link to find out about our sunblocks.