What are freckles?

Freckles are multiple, flat, spots on the skin due to uneven distribution of melanin (skin pigment) in those areas. They are usually about the size of a matchstick head and are reasonably uniform in colour. They are usually situated on sun-exposed areas of the skin, including the face, neck, arms, and shoulders and usually darken after sun exposure. Freckles often start to occur at a very young age.  Freckles most commonly occur in people with lighter or fairer skin types, and in those who have a genetic predisposition to developing freckles. Freckles are usually harmless and are not a sign of skin cancer or sun damage.

What causes freckles?

Freckles are determined by a combination of genetics and sunlight. People with fair skin are usually more prone to freckles because they’ve got less melanocytes in their skin (skin cells that produce melanin) and so when their skin is exposed to the sun it creates clusters of pigmentation rather than an even tan. Melanocytes are typically unevenly distributed in those with lighter skin. People with red hair are more likely to have freckles because they already have the MRCI gene (this is the gene that determines red hair and also controls whether some people have freckles). However, anyone can get freckles and they may vary in colour from light to dark brown.

Laser Spot Removal

Using Pico or Gentle Lase Pro laser technology, we can target unwanted spots and fragment the pigment without damaging the surrounding skin tissue. Suitable for all skin tones from Fitzpatrick I-VI.

Pico Brightening Facial + Spot Treatment

Picocare 450 targets and destroys almost all types of pigmented lesions with excellent efficacy. This is the most advanced technology for non- invasive fading of skin pigmentation.

Pre-care Instruction for Laser Spot Treatment 

  • No excessive sun exposure
  • No spray tan or nay tanning
  • No makeup on the day
  • Use Vit C serum
  • Use  SPF 50+

Post-care Instruction for Laser Spot Treatment:  During the consultation, your technicians will guide you through the post treatment care guidelines. The most important aspect of this is to ensure the use of the cooling gel directly after the treatment as this will help to reduce inflammation while protecting the skin from infection.

Post-care Instruction for Laser Spot Treatment:

  • No make up for 3 days
  • Apply cooling gel 2-3 times a day for 5 days
  • No excessive sun exposure
  • No exfoliation until skin heals
  • Avoid picking and peeling
  • Always wear sunscreen