COLEBROOK, Conn. (WTNH) – Deirdre Whelan is worried about skin damage.
“Yeah, there’s some age spots right there,” as she points to her hands.
Spots from too much sun.
“I spent a lot of time outside and a lot of times without sunscreen,” said Deirdre.
To improve skin appearance and reduce the risk of skin cancer, Dr. Suzanne Harrison with DermaLuxeMD at Northwest Medical Laser & Aesthetics is using the Palomar laser with the only FDA cleared melanin reader.
“First of all I’ll test your skin,” said Dr. Harrison.
It measures melanin, the protective pigment in the skin.
“If you assume that they have less than they actually have,” said Dr. Harrison. “You risk actually causing hyper-pigmentation which produce dark spots.”
It reduces the risk of over-treatment, especially for patients with darker skin tones like Deirdre with an olive skin tone.
All to get rid of dark spots that can lead to cancer.
“The problem is that people who are Asian, and people in the Mediterranean races, they can be very tough to know how much melanin is in their skin.”
Dr. Harrison says, “It’s an intense light therapy which means it’s giving a broad quick pulse of light and the important thing is it has a cooling lens. It’s a very comfortable treatment.”
“It feels like a flash of heat for like a second,” said Deirdre.
“Your body responds to sun damage by trying to produce more melanin, it’s like protecting your DNA and what this is doing is, this is actually removing all those brown spots that you develop over time because of sun damage,” says Dr. Harrison.
It could take two to four treatments to get the job done.
The treatment is not covered by insurance. The cost varies, based on the area being targeted.
Visits could start at $200.
For more information, call Dr. Harrison at 860-605-7969.