The best thing about birth marks is that they are highly treatable with lasers. The treatment usually ends with a highly satisfactory result.
How Birth Mark Laser Removal Works
A laser, such as a 532nm Nd:YAG KTP Q-Switched laser or Q-Switched Ruby laser, is passed over the area to be treated and the melanin pigment which makes up the birth marks is removed by the laser light. Green laser light is particularly effective on brown spots and birth marks.
The reason green light works so well at removing brown spots is because melanin pigment is designed to block short wavelengths of light, namely ultraviolet light which is shorter than any visible color of light. We have ultraviolet light, the next longer wavelength is purple then blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and then infrared which is invisible. So shorter wavelengths of light are more strongly picked up by melanin, thus you can use very low energies of green light to treat brown spots.
Does it hurt?
Rarely does anyone complain. Most people find the treatment quite annoying or slightly uncomfortable. It's not uncomfortable enough that a doctor can use topical numbing creams prior to treatment. Therefore pain varies, usually found that men tend to have lower thresholds for pain than women, however it is very rare if a person is ever complained about the pain of the laser treatment.
Possible Side Effects
One of the problems a person may get is a little bit of crusting on the skin or a little bit of bruising which may last a week to two weeks following the treatment.
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