Laser Pigment Correction

Pigment Correction

In the world of pigmentation there are a plethora of conditions that can be treated by laser. Lasers produce a specific wavelength which target a specific chromophore, or color, within the skin. In the most rudimentary sense, pigment lasers can be divided into the treatment of reds (vascular) and browns (pigmentation).

Vascular Lesions

Common vascular lesions that can be treated by laser:

  • Spider veins
  • Rosacea
  • Hemangiomas
  • Broken /dilated blood vessels
  • Port wine stains
  • Telangiectases
  • Red stretch marks
  • Kaposi sarcoma

The chromophore that is targeted in vascular lesions is the red blood cell. There are several lasers that target red blood cells, including PDL, KTP, IPL and long pulseND:YAG

All work effectively to reduce vascular lesions.The more superficial the lesion, the better the result. Depending on the type of lesion, either one or multiple treatments may be required for optimal results.

Pigmented Lesions

Common pigmented lesions that can be treated by laser*:

  • Freckles
  • Lentigines (flat brown spots)
  • Melasma
  • PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)
  • Seborrheic keratosis
  • Skin Tags


The chromophore that is targeted in pigmented lesions is melanin. There are several lasers that target melanin, but these lasers can be divided into two categories: pigment specific and skin resurfacing. In general, most patients opt for the laser that will accomplish both, i.e. pigment correction and skin tightening.

At Bourget Medical Aesthetics and Wellness both are offered. IPL and QS Nd:YAG for pigment correction. CO2 Fractional and Er:YAG for pigment correction and skin resurfacing. Dr. Bourget reviews and discusses with each patient the appropriate treatment to address his or hers concerns.

*Of special note for pigmented lesions:

If a mole develops irregular borders, bleeding or sudden increase in size a consultation with a dermatologist is recommended before considering laser removal.

Bourget Medica Aesthetics and Wellness provides honest and realistic cosmetic recommendations to satisfied clients in Dana Point, San Clemente, Talega, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and the surrounding areas.