Question about Freckles Treatment: can freckles be removed by sanding them down with a q261

Article Medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)

Dr. Gavin Chan

Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
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Question:

Can freckles be removed by sanding them down with a sander used primarily for wood? Husband says that it will scab and then the freckle will disappear. Is this true. Also, how affective is laser removal? Thank you!

Answer:

Potentially, you could sand down your freckles, if the pigmentation is superficial and close to the skin, but using a sander you are risking scarring and infection. A much more specific and safer way to remove freckles is with laser. Lasers such as the Ruby laser or Medlite laser specifically target the melanin or pigmentation in the freckle and actually leave normal skin relatively unaffected. The downtime per session is 7-10 days, and the risk of scarring or problems is significantly less than a sander!

Dr. Gavin Chan
Dr. Gavin Chan

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