Pigmented lesions are remarkably common and the overwhelming majority are benign. It is widely recognized in the medical community that Q-Switched lasers are the ideal tools for effectively removing benign pigmented lesions.
Multi-wavelength, Q-Switched laser systems with frequency-doubled KTP are uniquely able to produce very short pulses of intense light that are selectively absorbed by treatment-specific pigments in a lesion.
Four Wavelengths for the Widest Range of Lesions
Fotona’s StarWalker and QX MAX laser system are the perfect tools for treating a wide range of pigmented lesions, enabling treatments for everything from nevi (moles) and vascular lesions to ephelides, sunspots and melasma. Superficial lesions can be treated most effectively with the 532 nm wavelength, while the 1064 nm wavelength can be used to target deeper lesions.
Safe, Effective and Minimally Invasive Treatments
For a difficult-to-treat condition such as melasma, StarWalker and QX MAX are especially effective due to the selectivity of Q-switched light, enabling it to break apart pigments only and not cells. This means that pigment destruction can take place without ablating the skin – a unique feature that also allows other treatment possibilities, such as the safe and effective removal of complex, multi-colored tattoos.
In addition to Q-Switched lasers, Er:YAG lasers can also be used for the ablation of keratoses, moles, and other pigmented lesions, enabling the removal of the epidermis and superficial dermis in a controlled and relatively bloodless manner. Clinical studies have shown that Er:YAG lasers are very effective for the treatment of keratoses, with a clinical and histological improvement of up to 93% after just one treatment.
Treatments for the removal of pigmented lesions can be best performed with the following Fotona laser systems:
- StarWalker– StarWalker’s MaQX peak energy, four colors and proprietary innovative solutions make StarWalker an industry-leading, ultra-performance pigmented-lesion-removal system.
- The SP Lineof multi-application laser systems from Fotona (SP Dynamis & SP Spectro) provides a single, uniquely capable aesthetic solution that combines the power of the industry’s highest performance Er:YAG, Nd:YAG and QCW* Nd:YAG lasers, ideal for treating keratoses, moles, and other pigmented lesions plus a wide range of additional treatments in aesthetics, dermatology, and surgery.
High-energy single-nanosecond pulse technology is vastly more efficient at removing pigments than multiple-pulse lasers that generate equivalently high energies. The StarWalker’s and QX MAX’s high-energy, single-pulse Q-switched lasers allows larger spot sizes to remain effective by avoiding the scattering effect of laser light in skin tissue. With high-energy single pulses, more and deeper-lying pigments can be targeted and removed.
With high-energy laser pulses, the use of larger spot sizes is enabled, requiring less fluence to be effective.
Handpieces & Accessories
Fotona’s line of specially designed, advanced and easy-to-use Titanium handpieces allow safe, precise, controlled and effective delivery of laser pulses to the treatment area.
*QCW is an optional feature with the SP Spectro.