When patients visit us to remove birthmarks, hyperpigmentation and tattoos, Lumina Aesthetics Clinic may suggest the use of the Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser. This laser was designed to target various types of pigment in the skin and can achieve significant lightening of pigmented lesions and tattoos. However, whether the Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser is the best treatment option for you will depend on a number of factors, including the specific issue being treated and your medical history. To see if this laser treatment is the right choice for your skin concerns, please get in touch with our patient care coordinator to schedule your appointment online.
Q-Switched Nd: YAG laser treatment can be recommended for patients who require:
- Treatment for skin disorders
- Tattoo removal
Nd: YAG treatments are widely used in the field of dermatology for the management of a wide range of skin conditions, including:
- Vascular birthmarks or capillary vascular malformations
- Brown age spots
- Mongolian spots
Aside from removing unwanted spots, Nd: YAG can also improve the overall appearance of the skin by reducing wrinkles and treating some inflammatory skin diseases, such as hidradenitis suppurative.
How the Laser Works
The Nd: YAG laser works by targeting specific pigment in the skin, which targets the damaged skin cells in the treatment area. When it comes to laser tattoo removal, the laser targets ink pigment and breaks it up into smaller particles through powerful bursts of energy. The ink is then absorbed into the bloodstream and eventually expelled from the body.
What the ND YAG Laser Treats
Lumina Aesthetics Clinic providers utilize the Nd: YAG laser for treating pigment-related problems, like birthmarks, freckles and pigmented lesions.
Nd: YAG laser is also used for laser tattoo removal. It can provide dramatic lightening of most tattoo colours but tends to be most effective on darker inks. When it comes to green and yellow tattoo ink, this laser may not be the most effective option.
The laser is a safe procedure when administered by expert doctors at Lumina Aesthetics Clinic. We go to great lengths to ensure that our laser skin treatment experts undergo extensive training with laser devices and can administer the latest treatment techniques safely and effectively.
How Long do Treatment Results Last?
The typical Lumina Aesthetics patient will need several treatments with Nd: YAG laser to achieve optimal outcomes. The number of treatments will depend on the specific issue you are looking to address and the size of the treatment area. For example, treatment of hyperpigmentation issues, like dark spots caused by sun damage, will typically need fewer sessions than tattoo removal.
What to Expect During Treatment?
When you visit Lumina Aesthetics for treatment with the Nd: YAG laser, Lumina’s doctors will first make a detailed assessment of your skin concerns, to ensure that this laser is the best skin treatment option in your situation.
Once the treatment begins, our nurse or therapist will numb the area with a topical cream or may use a local anaesthetic to further reduce discomfort. You will also be provided with protective eyewear.
Lumina’s team will guide the laser across the treatment area, and deliver powerful bursts of energy to break down the pigment. Some discomfort is common during this stage, as the laser will cause micro-damage to the skin. However, most patients handle this procedure very well, and our doctors work diligently to ensure maximum comfort.
After the procedure, you may notice redness and swelling in the treatment area. Some patients may also experience very mild bleeding at the treatment site. Aloe vera or calming cream may be used on the skin after treatment, to soothe any discomfort. It is also important to cover up the area with gauze, to help the skin heal faster.
Over the coming days, you may notice some crusting at the treatment site, as the skin begins to heal. To reduce the chances of scarring, it is vital to let the scab heal on its own, without attempting to remove it.
To see if the Nd: YAG laser is the best treatment option for you, please contact one of the patient care coordinators to request a complimentary consultation!
Treatment results will vary, talk to Lumina’s doctor to see if this treatment or procedure is right for you.
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Here are the skin conditions treated by Nd: Yag Laser
- Acne Scars
- Age and Brown Spots
- Ageing Face and Neck
- Tattoo Removal
When photoaging occurs, skin becomes lax and starts to sag. Excessive skin laxity in the face has traditionally been corrected by rhytidectomy, a surgical lifting procedure under a general anaesthetic. Lasers at various wavelengths now offer easier alternatives.
When the long-pulse 1064 nm Nd: YAG laser is used, the epidermis is cooled to prevent injury while the near-infrared laser energy penetrates deeply enough to injure the dermis. This stimulates collagen production and improves skin quality. The absorption coefficient of melanin for 1064 nm radiation is lower than for shorter wavelengths. This means patients with dark skin can be treated with little risk of pigmentation abnormalities.
Side effects and duration after the laser
Healing usually takes between 3 and 5 days. As a general rule, the bigger the treatment area and the deeper the laser, the longer the recovery time. Recovery from a laser treatment, for example, may take up to one week. During recovery, your skin may be extremely red and scabbed over. You can use ice packs to help reduce any swelling.
While you don’t need to be at home during the entire recovery process, you’ll want to avoid known areas of germs — such as the gym — that could increase your risk of infection.
You’ll also need to adjust your daily skincare routine. A daily moisturizer can also help with the healing process, but be sure to run this by your doctor first.
Your skin may be sun sensitive after the laser procedure. Wearing sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 can help reduce your risk for sunburn and sun damage.
You should apply sunscreen every morning (even when it’s cloudy) to protect your skin. Make sure to reapply as needed throughout the day.
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