Pigment Specific Laser Treatment FAQs

General FAQs
  • Q1 :

    How does the laser treat pigmented lesions?

  • The laser will specifically target dark concentrations of melanin using light energy. Pigmented lesions are lightened or removed when the laser light passes through the skin and is absorbed by abnormal concentrations of melanin. The rapid absorption of light causes the melanin to destruct, reducing the concentration of melanin. A laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. Different types of lasers produce different colors of light. The color of light produced by a particular laser is the key to the laser's effect on pigmented lesions. Particular colors of light are absorbed by specific colors or pigments in the skin. The laser's light energy, which is absorbed by the targeted lesion, eliminates the appropriate pigmented cells. Pigmented lesions vary in color, depending on the type of lesion and the natural tone of the person's skin. This means that not every pigmented lesion absorbs the same color of light. Earlier lasers emitted only one color of light, often requiring doctors to use two or more lasers and repeated sessions to treat pigmented lesions. The VersaPulse C Aesthetic Laser produces short pulses of a wide spectrum of light colors to treat the full range of pigmented lesions. The entire treatment involves no incisions.
  • Q2 :

    Is treatment with the laser painful?

  • Treatment with the laser is more comfortable and requires less recovery time than some other treatment methods. Most patients do not require anesthesia. In some very rare cases, depending on the nature and the location of the lesion and the patient's age, the physician may elect to use some form of local anesthesia. Pigmented lesions that have not been effectively removed by other treatments may respond well to our laser therapy, providing prior treatment did not cause excessive scarring or skin damage.
  • Q3 :

    Why is laser treatment safe?

  • The laser is safe and effective because of its unique ability to selectively treat the pigmented lesion without adversely affecting the surrounding tissue.