Alexandrite lasers can remove pigmented lesions like sun spots and age spots, freckles, and brown birthmarks. The alexandrite operates at a wavelength of 755 nm and fires laser energy in short pulses.
What It's Good For
Alexandrite lasers can reduce melanin-based coloration - typically brown marks on the skin. Common targets include sun spots, age spots, freckles, and light brown birth marks.
Who it works for: Alexandrite lasers can only be used safely on individuals with fair to medium skin tones. If you are a Fitzpatrick type I, II, or III, you may be eligible for dermatological treatment with an alexandrite laser.
Recommended age range: There are many alexandrite laser devices that can remove splotchy birthmarks, unwanted freckles, and sun spots regardless of age. There is no age limit for treatment with an alexandrite laser.
When will I see results?: The final results of treatment, meaning once all redness has disappeared, should be evident in two to three weeks.
How long it lasts: Removal of pigmented lesions with an alexandrite laser is permanent. However, new skin markings may develop with age.
Key benefits of alexandrite laser skin treatments: Alexandrite lasers may be able to remove lightly colored pigmented lesions after a single treatment.
Licensed uses: There are several alexandrite lasers that are approved by the FDA for reducing pigmented lesions. Ask your provider whether they currently use an FDA approved device in their practice.