Lentigines are small, flat brown spots that usually appear on the face, back of the hands and the décolleté after forty, and less often on the back, arms, and legs. They appear as a result of successive sun exposure. They are not beauty spots.
Different treatments can be used. Cryotherapy can be used for a single spot, but for several spots, the picosecond laser and IPL are more suitable. The picosecond laser is suitable for all phototypes whereas the IPL is only suitable for phototypes 1 to 3. The treatment can be targeted on the lentigines, or to peel an entire surface. This is done in two to three sessions at one-month intervals and results in a beautiful, clear complexion.
Make-up should not be worn during treatment. During the session you will feel a slight tingling sensation. Immediately after the session the lentigines will have a greyish tinge. Immediately after the session, skin will be red. If you opt for a peel, the spots will also be greyish, but redness will appear and depending on the intensity of the peel will last from between three hours and two days.
Sun exposure is forbidden two months before and up to one month after the procedure. In order to maintain the result, use of high level sun protection (SPF50) on a daily basis is recommended.
Prior consultation with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon is compulsory. Together, you and your doctor will assess which treatment is best suited to your needs and what the possible side effects might be. Based on this discussion, the doctor will also provide a quote.