Vitiligo is a condition that results in a patient’s skin lose colour in patches. Light patches of skin can appear in various parts of the body and is caused by melanocyte cells in the skin being destroyed by the body.


The causes are not well known amongst researchers – causes may include the presence of one or more genes and a single-event trigger (such as a major sunburn or emotionally stressing external event).

Whilst vitiligo is not life-threatening, it can be life-altering. The total area of skin that is affected differs between patients, and often directly affects how much the condition affects the day-to-day life of the patient. For some, anxiety around the issue can arise around the fact that the progression of the condition is relatively unpredictable. Dr Manoharan has years of experience in dealing with sensitive conditions and patients that are feeling affected by their ongoing skin issues.



Subscision is a surgical technique releases scars bound down to underlying tissue. It is performed under local anaesthetic and generally has no down time.

RadioFrequency RF Needling

RF needling delivers controlled radio frequency energy up to 3.5mm deep into the skin to break down scar tissue and promote collagen remodelling. It is usually performed with anaesthetic gels and local blocks.

Fraxel Fraxinated Lasers

Fractionated lasers treat chosen densities of micro-columns of skins, sparing the surrounding tissue. This method is at the forefront of acne scar treatment as it enables scars to be treated at depth, with less discomfort, complications and a reduced recovery time.

Ablative Lasers

Ablative laser treatment is effective in the revision of severe acne scars for those who are prepared for a longer downtime period in return for dramatic results. In addition to removing damaged skin, the laser stimulates underlying skin cells to trigger collagen production to break down scars. Dr. Manoharan is one of the country’s most experienced specialists in Erbium:YAG and CO2 lasers for long term acne scar treatment.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels use agents such as TCA to replace the top layer of skin with new, underlying skin. This method brings forward healthier skin that has less visible signs of scarring.

TCA Cross

The TCA CROSS method is used for local scar destruction to encourage new skin production. It involves TCA being inserted into a scar and performs as a localised peel to reduce the depth of scars over a series of treatments.


Dr Manoharan is a laser dermatologist, specialising in cutting-edge combination treatments to reduce scarring. He produces world class results using gold-standard energy-based devices and techniques, and has the wealth of experience you need to get the results you want – and is based right here in Brisbane, Australia!


See more before and after photos in the gallery: Vitiligo Gallery