Tiger striping is a normal part of freckle removal treatment at our Sydney clinic, which specialises in high result freckle removal and low contrast freckle removal (i.e. the most difficult types of freckle removal)
When we are performing “extreme” freckle removal, then this is what mostly occurs. Please expect it. If we were performing the more typical and low energy attempts at freckle removal, we wouldn’t get this, but we are aiming for maximal results, and this is part of the process.
Tiger striping is the appearance of the untreated areas between laser pulses.
If less powerful settings are used then tiger striping is less common and less severe. It will only occur when results are obvious or there is significant background sun damage. It is less obvious when patients don’t have a lot of background sun damage.
The reason it happens is:
1. Caution on the part of the operator to avoid overlapping
It is all about safety. When performing high energy freckle removal, overlap can lead to blistering. Blistering can lead to infection and scarring, so this is to be avoided at all costs. Patients need to be very patient and understand this most important fact. I can’t tell you the number of patients who say “can you try to avoid tiger striping”. If patients want poorer results freckle removal, then it is possible to avoid tiger striping, but seriously, who wants poorer results?
2. Excellent results
The bigger the differential between the lasered skin results and the original sun damage and freckling, the worse the appearance of the tiger striping
Patients, please recognise this as the case and don’t whinge about it or try and tell us not to make it happen. We of course try to minimise it, but safety and results come first
Further treatments should improve the tiger striping, so patients, please be patient and just be content with this common and sometimes necessary part of this treatment.
NB Tiger-striping is less common with facial freckle removal treatments
Cost of treatment of tiger striping
Tiger striping treatment is charged at the same price as freckle removal at our clinic.