Mr A. O. Grobbelaar  MBChB  MMed(Plast)  FCS(SA)(Plast)  FRCS(Plast)

Laser Surgery - Removal of Brown Marks

 

Introduction

Several lasers can be used for the treatment of pigmented skin lesions. Whether a pigmented lesion is superficial or deep determines which pigment-specific laser system is the most suitable for treatment. Pigmented lesions typically require more than one laser treatment to resolve.

The treatment

The treatments are usually scheduled 4-6 weeks apart and can be done on an outpatient basis. The impact of the laser feels like the snap of a rubber band. Although most people find the sensation tolerable, some patients with larger marks may require local anaesthetic. Immediately after the treatment, there may be swelling, bruising or crusting and scabbing, which can persist for 1-2 weeks.

Side-effects

There is no guarantee that laser treatment will be able to treat your condition completely. Skin texture change or scarring may occur but is rare. Hypo or hyperpigmentation can sometimes be seen. An allergic reaction to the ointment can occur.

After the treatment

A topical antibiotic ointment is normally recommended until the crusting and scabbing disappears. Once the scabbing clears a normal face cleaning and make-up regime can be commenced. The area treated should be protected against the sun for at least 6 months.

If you require further information or want to schedule a consultation please contact Mr. Grobbelaar's secretary details on the Contact page.