A Lightening Laser’s Handiwork

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When you haven’t been satisfied by lightening creams for getting rid of discolored spots on your hands, you may want to ask your doctor about lasers that zero in on the pigment in your skin.

One kind that may work for you is the Q-switched Ruby laser. It emits a short pulse of intense red light, which is then absorbed by the skin’s melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin.

The procedure needs to be done once or twice, at several hundred dollars per treatment, depending on the number and color of the spots. While you may see dramatic improvement, unprotected sun exposure can cause new spots to develop.

This technology can also be used for tattoo removal, since the light pulses essentially break up these pigments into smaller particles that your body can then expel.

The Q-switched Ruby is only one of many pigment-correcting lasers, so ask your dermatologist or plastic surgeon which kind he or she thinks is right for you and your skin.

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