Picosecond laser to remove dark spots lentigo type

Picosecond laser to remove dark spots lentigo type

When consulting for one or several pigmented lesions (spots), the first step is to make a diagnosis of the type of pigmentation. Thus, the most appropriate method to remove the pigment spot is decided, safely and with the best aesthetic result.


At Ribe Clinic we have multiple medical lasers and other technologies that are used to remove pigment spot such as lentigo (age spot, sun spot).


Dr. Adriana Ribé has been a pioneer in performing in Spain the best treatment to remove pigmentation of solar lentigo type (sun spot, age spot): the picosecond laser.

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Frequently asked questions about the treatment to remove pigment spots of solar lentigo type (age spot, sun spot) with picosecond laser

Dark spots, age spots, sun spots, what is pigmentation? What is a solar lentigo spot? Why do solar lentigo spots appear?

A solar lentigo (actinic lentigo, senile lentigo, sun spots, age spot) is a pigment spot on the skin associated with aging and exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Colloquially this spot is called “liver spot” or “sunspot” or “age spot” (senile lentigo). However, these spots are not associated with liver problems.

The main cause of the appearance of these pigment spots on the skin is the sun exposure of unprotected skin, both by occasional sunburn, as well as chronic exposure.

These are spots on the skin less than one centimeter in diameter that vary in color, from light brown to red or even black, and are located in the areas most sun exposed, particularly hands, face, shoulders, arms and forehead, even the head if it is bald. The most frequent pigment spots are located on the face.

It is important to differentiate a solar or senile lentigo from a maligant melanoma lentigo type before doing a treatment to remove this pigment spot.

When is the treatment of sun spots or lentigines indicated? How are lentigines removed?

Solar lentigines are benign lesions that aesthetically may not like. If you want to remove the pigment sun spot, the picosecond laser is the newest and most advanced. It is also convenient to avoid unnecessary sun exposure and protect with creams with sun protection factor 50 or more.

How does Picoway's picosecond laser work to remove a pigment spot solar lentigo type?

Picosecond lasers, a technological novelty for tattoo removal, have recently incorporated protocols with parameters that are used to treat pigmentation problems such as sun spots lentigo type. Thus, we destroy the brown pigment of the lentigines or age spots, with the same mechanism with which we fragment the ink particles of a tattoo.

After the laser treatment, the lentigo or age spot becomes grayish or darker and then a scab forms the size of the lesion that falls in 1 week and the pigment spot disappears.

Thus, in 1 session we remove the age or sun spots and leave the skin without pigment spots and with a uniform tone.

How many laser sessions do I need to remove pigment spot such as age spots or solar lentigo?

To remove pigment spots such as age spots or solar lentigines 1 laser session is needed.

Is the picosecond laser treatment to remove age or sun spots painful? Is it safe?

Picosecond laser treatment to remove age spots is effective and safe. It selectively treats melanin pigmentation without damaging the surrounding skin.

The session to remove pigment spots such as sun spots with this laser lasts from 2 to 15 min in which you can feel heat in the skin, but the patients do not describe it as painful