What is it?

Revlite® is the next generation of Q-switched laser technology- a multi-purpose, multi-wavelength, aesthetic medical laser that offers maximum power and versatility for a broad range of indications on all skin types. Revlite® utilises an extremely highspeed shutter to produce nanosecond pulse widths, enabling highly effective procedures with less heat and increased safety. Featuring photo-acoustic technology pulse, the Revlite delivers very narrow pulse widths of peak energy, even at larger spot sizes. The speed and power of Revlite® can create a superior photo-acoustic rejuvenation effect, including a more refreshed appearance, reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, smoother texture, tightening and decreased pore size.

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What Conditions are Treated with the Revlite® Laser?

  • Freckles

  • Naevus spilus

  • Naevus-of-Ota

  • Pigmented lesions

  • Senile lentigos (age spots)

  • Solar lentigos (sun spots)

  • Tattoo removal 

  • Wrinkles

How Does it Work?

The Q-switched laser is used to remove unwanted brown spots, sun freckles or tattoos from your skin. The laser energy pulse, which is in billionths of a second, releases the pigment into the skin so that it can be naturally reabsorbed and disposed of by the body’s immune system.

The laser energy feels like many tiny, hot dots on your skin. The discomfort is greatly reduced by the direction of cold air (Zimmer machine) at the lesions being treated.

To treat epidermal (top layer) pigmented lesions, the 532nm wavelength is used. Dermal (deeper) pigmented lesions usually respond best to the 1064nm wavelength. of this laser.

Safety and Side-Effects

  • Soreness and redness – in rare instances, soreness and redness may occur.

  • Swelling – this is common, especially after treatment on the upper cheeks and forehead. This usually subsides within a few days. An ice-pack is applied after the treatment to limit swelling, and further application at home may be helpful. Sleeping more upright for extensive procedures is recommended for the first two nights.

  • Pain – there may be pain during the procedure. This is significantly reduced with the prior application of topical anaesthetic cream.

  • Pigment loss – in most patients with brown spots, the area loses colour temporarily. This type of reaction tends to gradually fade, returning to normal over a period of two to four weeks. There is a small risk of permanent pigment loss.

  • Hyperpigmentation – there may be a risk of increased pigmentation during the healing phase for patients. When this occurs, the increased pigment usually fades over a period of months and may require the use of bleaching creams. Occasionally it may last longer but rarely is this permanent.

  • Scarring – there is a very small risk of scarring. Scarring is rare, but may occur.

  • Incomplete result – the lesion(s) being treated may not be completely or effectively treated with one treatment and may require another session or sessions of the same or different modality.

Recovery Time

Brown spots are usually in the top layer of the skin and their treatment will produce a scab, blister or crust. If a healing period is required (due to scabs, blisters or crusts) the time will vary from one to two weeks for facial lesions. Make-up may be used if the scab is very light. Open wounds or heavy scabs will need the application of Vaseline or petroleum jelly. It is important not to disturb the scab. A small amount of redness around the wound may be seen as part of the normal wound healing process.

Does it Hurt?

Overall, there is minimal discomfort with this procedure, but anaesthetic cream can be applied if a large area is going to be treated.

Before Treatment Instructions

Avoid tanning for one month before treatment, and also excessive sun exposure.

Post-Treatment Instructions

The treated area can be treated with a mild soap (Cetaphil liquid soap) and then one can gently pat dry and apply moisturising cream to the treated sites. For a further 7 – 14 days after this, excessive sun exposure and tanning should be avoided.