The most commonly encountered pigmented skin conditions in cosmetic practice are melasma and benign (non-cancerous) pigmented skin lesions. Melasma is particularly difficult to treat, as heat from laser and light based treatment may potentially worsen the condition in the long term, despite apparent improvement in the short term. At Aesthetic Harmony Canberra, Drs Bernard and Jennifer Leung have chosen the Enlighten III, a state-of-the-art picosecond laser technology, as their main tool for treating these conditions characterised by increased pigmentation. Enlighten III picosecond laser uses pulses in the nanosecond (one thousand millionth of a second) and picosecond (one trillionth of a second) ranges and targets pigment by generating tiny shock waves (photomechanical effect) rather than using heat like a traditional laser. It is capable of treating a wide range of skin conditions including melasma, sun damage and pigmentation, benign pigmented lesions, scarring and tattoo removal. It can be used in all skin types.
The PICO GenesisTM mode is also extremely effective in skin rejuvenation, especially in darker skin types such as those patients of Mediterranean and Asian heritage.
The Enlighten III laser can also achieve improvements in the appearance of acne scarring, fine lines and pore size, by using a highly precise micro-lens array which effectively fractionate the laser beam and induces collagen remodelling in the skin. This treatment is called PICO GenesisTM FX. Unlike fractional resurfacing which has been used extensively to treat scarring in the past decade, there is much less down time associated with PICO GenesisTM FX.