Q Switched Nd Yag Laser for Birthmarks and Tatto Removal
Birth Mark Removal Treatment
Birthmarks are benign pigmentary lesions usually present at (neither)**birth nor appearing soon after birth. They can be present anywhere over the body.
They can be broadly classified as pigmented birthmarks including café au lait macule, beckers naevus, naevus of OTA/ITO and vascular birthmark i.e. increased blood supply which includes salmon patches, haemangiomas, port wine stains
Naevus of OTA
It is due to entrapment of melanocytes (pigmented cells) in upper third of dermis of skin. It usually is unilateral and appears near the eye and adjacent facial area, i.e. in the division of first two branches of trigeminal nerve. It appears as blue/grey to slate-brown flat or slightly raised patches of hyperpigmentation. It can be present from birth or appear around puberty. It is more common in females. There can be ocular involvement also.
Naevus of ITO
It is similar to naevus of ota except the distribution is at the shoulder girdle area. It can present with naevus of ota and sometimes sensory changes are present at the site.
The beckers naevus is usually seen around puberty or at birth. It generally appears as an asymptomatic irregular tan-brownish pigmentation on the torso or upper arm (though other areas of the body can be affected), and gradually enlarges irregularly, becoming thickened and often hairy (hypertrichosis).
It remains same throughout life with little or no alteration in color.
All the above mentioned conditions are majority cosmetic concerns, which can be managed via temporary cosmetic camouflaging or by undergoing medical treatments.
Treatments available are
Nd:Yag Q switched laser treatment- It targets the pigmented cells (melanocytes) leading to its breakdown and lightening of the lesions. It is a painless procedure and has to be taken in multiple sessions.
Cutting edge techniques are used in the field of medical tattooing to diminish, improve and disguise scarring from surgery, injury, trauma and illness. Medical tattooing helps you to recover physically as well as psychologically by restoring your self esteem and self-confidence.
Usually about one year after a scar has healed, a technique called MCA is used to relax, flatten and soften the scar.
MCA causes the body to go into a state of natural self-repair.
In most cases once skin is re-pigmented the color is permanent and will tan and fade the same as the surrounding skin.
If the scar does not re-pigment on its own, carefully selected shades of pigments can also be implanted to match the scar to the color of the surrounding skin.
Areola and Nipple Reconstruction or Enhancement
Many women today have undergone a mastectomy, breast reduction, augmentation, reconstruction or uplift. Unfortunately these surgeries often leave behind unsightly and in some case dramatic scarring. An optical reconstruction of the areola and nipple tissue can be carried out following surgery once the breast has healed. Using carefully selected shades of pigment, the nipple and areola complex is realistically recreated with 3 dimensional shading.
Prior to the treatment a thorough consultation is carried out to determine the most pleasing position, shape, colour and size. MCA is also used to reduce outlying scars on the surrounding breast tissue. If you naturally have pale areolas, then the pigments can also be used to darken or add a youthful flush of colour to the areola.
Burn Relaxation and Camouflage
Contracted or uncomfortably tight burn scars can be relaxed and softened using the MCA technique. Camouflage pigments can also be used to blend colour to surrounding skin tissue, this is also extremely successful on skin grafts. Both treatments can only be done once the effected area has healed.
Other treatments available include
- Scalp camouflage
- Vitiligo camouflage