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For dark brown pigment spots such as birthmarks and sun spots, the Q-switched Alexandrite laser can be an ideal treatment tool. The Q-switched Alexandrite laser targets darkly pigmented tissue and leaves surrounding lighter tissues unaffected. The result is a faded pigment in the treated area and improvement in uniformity of skin color.

What can the Q-Switched Alexandrite Laser treat?

The Q-Switched Alexandrite Laser can be very effective at lightening the appearance of:

How does the procedure work?

Q-switched Alexandrite laser procedures begin with a consultation with Paul M. Friedman, M.D. Your skin and the area to be treated will be examined, and one of our dermatologists will determine an appropriate treatment regimen. The day of your treatment, the targeted area of skin will be prepared with an anesthetic cream to minimize discomfort. If you are especially sensitive, an injectable anesthetic can be used as well. A laser light will be guided over the treatment area, which will begin breaking down the pigment. It may require a few treatment sessions to obtain the optimal results.

You may experience some redness, swelling, and crusting of the treated area, but this will resolve in a few days, and the discomfort associated with the procedure is typically minor.