Almost everyone has a few brown spots on their face, small round marks form sun exposure or freckle, even birthmarks. The medical term is ‘Pigmented Lesion’. Although not harmful to the skin’s health, they detract from an otherwise even, luminous complexion.

I’ve been a sun lover in my youth, but the brown spots on my face and chest area just had to go as I couldn’t cover them up any more. At age 59 and after only 4 treatments my skin now looks great. No pain, in fact very relaxing, I love this new laser. Thank you Karen.
— Bess St. Johns, Port Douglas

laser therapy is suitable for the teatment of:

  • Brown spots

  • Freckles

  • Age Spots

  • Cafe-au-lait spots

  • Raised skin lesions


  • Brown birth marks

  • Prevention of pigmentation

  • General pigmentation

  • Anywhere on the body

What causes these unwanted spots?

Melanin (pigment) is what gives our skin its colour. The amount of Melanin in the skin determines a light or dark complexion. Pigmented Lesions are darker in colour because the Melanin is concentrated in one area of the skin, usually due to overexposure to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays.

How does laser remove unwanted pigment?

Q-Switched Nd:YAG Lasers produce a specific wavelength of light that is absorbed by Pigmented Lesions. The light (PhotoAcoustic) vibrates and shatters the pigment, breaking down the Melanin into micro-particles and lightening the lesion. You will notice the spot/s turn grey or white for a few minutes, a natural response of the skin as it absorbs the light energy. The spot/s will then darken and slough off completely with in 7-14 days.

What types of pigmented lesions can laser remove?

Laser is the optimal treatment for brown Age Spots, Freckles and other Brown Birthmarks such as Cafe-au-Lait spots and Nevus of Ota. Your therapist will assess your specific type of lesion/s and discuss the appropriate treatment for your condition.

Does laser remove my normal skin pigment also?

No, Laser light is specifically designed to target the dark concentrations of Melanin. After the concentrated deposit/s of Melanin is removed, some whitening may occur. However, your body’s natural regenerative system will replace the normal Melanin over a period of time, returning the skin to its natural colour.

How many treatments will it take?

Most Pigmented Lesions are removed within 1-2 treatments. Some deeper Lesions may require more treatments.

Is the process painful?

PhotoAcoustic energy of a Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser emits light in very fast, short pulses. The impact of the energy from the pulse of light produces a minimal tingling sensation.

Can the excess pigment come back?

Common Pigmented Lesions do not return. Some birthmarks may return after a period of several months to a year. However the treatment can then be repeated.

Can laser treat melasma?

PhotoAcoustic Laser can be used to treat deeper pigment problems including Melasma. Often called ‘The Mask of Pregnancy’ Melasma appears as a dark stain on the skin and can be triggered by hormonal changes. Although medical science has yet to find a cure, a combination treatment of PhotoAcoustic Laser and recommended skincare products can manage the the condition very well.