The Q-switched alexandrite laser utilizes the science of selective photothermolysis to target brown spots on the skin. The treatment is quick and relatively painless. Patients will have 7 to 14 days of social downtime depending on the area treated. The brown spots will temporarily get darker and then peel off. No special wound care is needed except, as usual, strict sun precautions.
The Q switched alexandrite can also be utilized to fade tattoos. Multiple treatments are needed and the number of treatments you will require is dependent on the amount of ink and the colors present in the tattoo. This treatment is moderately painful and therefore topical numbing cream is often prescribed.