Cleveland Clinic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center experts deliver the latest innovations in laser treatments for optimal results in your skin’s appearance.
Pigmented lesions may include tattoos, age spots, birth marks, acne scars and more.
There are two different lasers used to treat pigmented lesions on the skin, the Candela Trivantage and the V beam Perfecta.
The Candela Trivantage (available at main campus) is unique in that it has 3 different wavelengths in one device (532, 755, 1064 nm). It is the gold standard for treating pigmented lesions and tattoos of many colors. Pigmented lesions that can be treated with this laser include age spots, flat brown spots (any area of the body), and birthmarks. The laser light destroys the cells containing pigment, without damaging the surrounding skin. Specific wavelengths on this device have also been shown to help improve the appearance of melasma.
The V Beam Perfecta (available at main campus & Avon) is a pulsed dye laser that is used to treat a variety of things including redness and pigmented lesions. It is helpful in treating acne scars, broken blood vessels, port wine stains, spider veins and leg veins. This laser produces a beam of light that selectively destroys the blood vessels causing redness, without damaging the surrounding tissue.
Why Choose Us
When considering body contouring surgery, always look for a board-certified cosmetic surgeon with specialized training and significant experience. For the best results, choose a cosmetic surgeon who is affiliated with a major medical center, such as Cleveland Clinic.
Make sure to ask your cosmetic surgeon about his or her credentials, training and how many procedures he or she has performed.
How to Prepare
Pigmented Lesion Laser Treatment is a good option if you:
- Are physically healthy
- Have a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for improving your appearance
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for laser and light-based treatment is through a consultation with an expert at Cleveland Clinic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center.
How do I prepare for laser and light-based facial treatment?
Preparation for laser treatment at Cleveland Clinic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center includes:
- Avoiding sunbathing, tanning beds, waxing and any chemical peels or collagen injections for two weeks prior to the procedure
- Avoiding perfumes, deodorants or any potential irritants in the treatment area before and after treatment
- Avoiding aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements due to increased risk of bleeding
- Taking photographs of treated areas before and after your procedure to evaluate improvement
Experts at Cleveland Clinic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center will also give careful consideration to your natural skin color and type to determine the treatment best suited for you to minimize the risk of developing additional pigmentation or a loss of pigmentation (whitening of the skin).
What to Expect
Laser treatment at Cleveland Clinic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center is generally performed as an outpatient procedure. The laser technique directs short, concentrated, pulsating beams of light at problem areas of the skin, such as fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead and mouth or to treat acne scarring and pigmentation issues.
The results of laser treatment vary depending on the technology or treatment prescribed for you at Cleveland Clinic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center.
What is involved in recovery?
Your recovery from laser treatment will vary depending on the type of procedure you have. Many people plan to stay home for a few days after ablative laser treatment to decrease the chance of infection and to promote proper healing. After surgery, the area that has been treated will weep similarly to an open blister.
Recovery and downtime from non-ablative treatment is minimal, with most people experiencing only a “flushed” look and able to return to their daily activities right after the procedure.
Insurance & Financing
Insurance rarely covers the cost of elective cosmetic surgery and procedures.
Please call 216.444.4004 and ask to speak with one of our financial representatives who can explain payment options including CareCredit financing.