Laser Pigmentation Removal works to safely and effectively reduce the appearance of freckles, pigmentation, and age spots. The laser targets only the pigmented lesion in the skin which absorbs the light, without damaging the surrounding skin.
Fotona StarWalker MaQX
Laser Pigmentation Treatment
How it Works?
StarWalker’s unique TMD (Transverse Mode Discrimination) laser oscillator technology combined with the ASP pulse control delivers very short (5 nsec) Q-switched pulses consisting of a high energy train of ultra-short bursts of energy in trillionths of a second, enabling photomechanical impact to shatter tiny skin targets without injury to the surrounding skin. StarWalker’s technology thus combines the high energy capabilities of nanosecond lasers with the ultrashort pulse peak powers of traditional picosecond lasers.
Based on revolutionary ASP technology, StarWalker is capable of delivering up to an unprecedented 10 J of Q-switched energy in one giant structured MaQX pulse. The unique MaQX high energy capability of StarWalker enables the generation of a higher energy photoacoustic effect at the treatment site, leading to more effective and faster treatments. Additionally, with high MaQX energies, larger spotsizes can be used resulting in more homogeneous treatments of even deeper lying skin pigments, and therefore with reduced risk of unwanted side effects.
What is Skin Pigmentation?
Excessive skin pigmentation is a result of abnormal production and deposition of melanin by the melanocytes. Melanocytes are pigment-producing cells. The number of melanocytes present in our skin will determine our skin colour. Production of melanin is dependent on UV or sun exposure, and is a natural protective mechanism of the skin.
Hyperpigmentation (areas that are darker than the rest of the skin) results from excess melanin production and deposition. Hypopigmentation is the loss of skin pigmentation.
What causes excessive skin pigmentation?
Excess skin pigmentation or hyperpigmentation is usually caused by an overwhelming increase in melanin. This leads to the excess production and clumping of melanin, and the appearance of brown or darker spots of pigmentation in the skin.
Reasons for skin pigmentation problems are;
UV radiation – in most cases, especially in areas of high UV radiation levels like Australia, skin pigmentation problems can be caused by excessive UV or sun exposure (most common).
Hormonal – as seen in melasma or chloasma that is a type of pigmentation usually caused by pregnancy or the pill (common).
Trauma to the skin – this can be a result of physical trauma to the skin, chemical peels, laser treatments, or acne. This is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (common).
Birthmarks and acquired pigmentation – skin pigmentation can be present at birth (birthmarks), appear in childhood, or adulthood. Examples of these include; congenital melanocytic nevus, cafe au lait spots, spilus nevus, hori’s macules, and nevus of ota.
How long will it take for me to see results after pigmentation treatments?
You should begin to see results after your first treatment, but this will also depend on your specific treatment plan as well as your skin’s level of resistance to the procedure.
You will not see full results until after you’ve had all of the treatments in your plan.