Is the laser treatment for PIH the same as for mole removal?Aesthetic Medicine Acne & Scars Mole Removal Laser Treatment Laser Treatment
Thank you for your question. Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) or post inflammatory erythema (PIE) from acne is usually treated with q-switched laser or long-pulsed laser.
You can expect gradual lightening of the marks with repeated treatments. You can also combine laser treatment with topical retinoids and chemical peels for better results. There shouldn't be any scabbing from treating PIH or PIE.
Moles are usually removed with an ablative laser such as the CO2 or erbium laser. Hope this helps!
Dr Jiwei Wu
Personally, I use the Q-Switch laser to treat PIH and as Dr Wu has mentioned, there is no scabbing/downtime involved as compared to other lasers that are used for mole removal.
The Q-switch laser breaks down the pigment into smaller fragments so that your body can remove them. Multiple sessions will be required to speed up the lightening process and results can be seen typically within a month.
Hope that helps.
All the best.
Dr Ho Rui Ming
There are many different lasers for different indications. The laser used for pigmentation such as PIH is different from that of mole removal.
After an initial consultation and assessment, the depth of your pigmentation can be assessed.
Depending on the severity, depth and cause of your pigmentation, a treatment program that may include certain wavelengths of lasers can be safely tailored for you.
A visual assessment leads to the most optimal treatment plan for you.
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